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The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (edition 1999)

by Anne Rice, A. N. Roquelaure (Pseudonym)

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Title:The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty
Authors:Anne Rice
Other authors:A. N. Roquelaure (Pseudonym)
Info:Plume (1999), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 272 pages
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Too long for what it had to say. Just kind of a rambling mish-mash. Didn't do too much for me and took a LONG time to get through. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 19, 2014 |
I read this to challenge myself, and challenge me it did. Within a few pages there was rape, humiliation and degradation and it only got worse from then on. Every now and then I would have to pause to take a breath in order to continue.

I was made uncomfortable, appalled and utterly disgusted. I desperately wanted to put this down but curiosity won out. How was it going to end?

The constant repetition ground down my abhorrence of some harrowing events which take place, to the point where I was almost desensitised and eventually bored by the end. Can you believe it?!

Although I understood the lesson (which usually appear in fairy tales), I can't say I appreciated or enjoyed the delivery of that lesson. I have read books that have conveyed it in a more...palatable fashion. That being said, the language was easy to read, if the content was not.

I recommend this to those not easily offended, and even if you're not, you might want to hesitate reading this anyway.

FYI, you don't have to be a prude to be shocked by this book. ( )
  Cynical_Ames | Sep 23, 2014 |
the retelling of a traditional folk tale interpreted through a world of erotic yearnings and fantasy ( )
  melsbks | Sep 16, 2014 |
Umm. I am a little traumatized but still somehow slightly intrigued. This book is definitely not for the squeamish! ( )
  meggarrett0609 | Aug 6, 2014 |
This book left me very perplexed. I liked it, but on the only hand I didn't. It is better written than the 50 Shades trilogy and should not even be compared to it, nor should any book for that matter. It was recommended on the the cover on this book and I wasn't happy. You can read my scathing review of that garbage here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/487166720
Back to the book. This book was written well, concerning the interesting plot, concept, and general description in the novel. The characters were incredibly confusing because everyone was referenced by their titles, like Prince or Princess, except for a few key characters who used their names. I know that the spanking was supposed to assert dominance and be somewhat pleasurable, but they only described the welts and bruises the person received. It was disconcerting because they focused on the pain aspect, rather than pleasure. But, I would still read the rest of the books in the series. It was a quick read, mostly because I couldn't put this book down. If she did different fairy tales with her nom de plume, I would probably read those as well. ( )
  aliterarylion | Jul 14, 2014 |
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For S. T. Roquelaure with love
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The prince had all his young life known the story of Sleeping Beauty, cursed to sleep for a hundred years, with her parents, the King and Queen, and all of the Court, after pricking her finger on a spindle.
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A. N. Roquelaure is a pseudonym of Anne Rice.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0452281423, Paperback)

Before E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, there was Anne Rice’s New York Times best seller The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

In the traditional folktale of "Sleeping Beauty," the spell cast upon the lovely young princess and everyone in her castle can only be broken by the kiss of a Prince. It is an ancient story, one that originally emerged from and still deeply disturbs the mind's unconscious. In the first book of the trilogy, Anne Rice, writing as A.N. Roquelaure, retells the Beauty story and probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire. Here the Prince awakens Beauty, not with a kiss, but with sexual initiation. His reward for ending the hundred years of enchantment is Beauty's complete and total enslavement to him . . . as Anne Rice explores the world of erotic yearning and fantasy in a classic that becomes, with her skillful pen, a compelling experience. Readers of Fifty Shades of Grey will indulge in Rice’s deft storytelling and imaginative eroticism, a sure-to-be classic for years to come.


Praise for The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty:

"Articulate, baroque, and fashionably pornographic." —Playboy

"Something very special . . . at once so light and yet so haunting." —The Advocate

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:46:32 -0400)

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The Prince awakens Sleeping Beauty and brings her to his castle, where she has a series of erotic adventures.

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