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Thy Neighbor's Wife by Gay Talese

Thy Neighbor's Wife (1980)

by Gay Talese

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I recently read Talese's history of and report on the sexual revolution. As I recall, this book created quite a stir when it was published; I didn't read it then, and coming upon it now, decades after it was written, what strikes me most is the distance and dispassion with which Talese examines such things as the creation of "Playboy" magazine, wife-swapping, and swinging. Letting the facts speak for themselves, he paints a portrait of a "revolution" which empowers men to exploit women, although those are not words Talese every uses. This book is perhaps the first to explore what became our contemporary, pornography-pervaded popular culture. ( )
  nmele | Apr 6, 2013 |
So far, this book is amazing. This is the second book I've read by Gay Talese and this guy weaves the most fascinating stories. A wonderful look at the sexual mores of the United States in the mid-to-late 70s. ( )
  Flippy | Jul 6, 2006 |
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Talese’s book was seen as unforgivably sordid in its day (for its reportorial methods as well as for its subject matter), but today Thy Neighbor’s Wife is fascinating for how tragic it all seems, how unfulfilled the expectations of so many of its protagonists ultimately remained.
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"Engrossing and provocative." Library Journal

Bestselling author Gay Talese's exploration into the hidden and changing sex lives of Americans from all walks of life shocked the world when it was first published in 1981. Now considered a classic, this fascinating personal oddysey and revealing public reflection on American sexuality changed the way Americans looked at themselves and one another.

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