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Delta of Venus (original 1977; edition 2004)

by Anais Nin

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Title:Delta of Venus
Authors:Anais Nin
Info:Harvest Books (2004), Paperback, 320 pages
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Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin (1977)

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I have mixed feelings about this one, like a lot of people.

On the one hand, it's Anaïs Nin, the one-woman powerhouse who wrote erotica in the 20th century. Erotica from a female perspective, which no one was doing at the time. On the other, reading it, it didn't always feel like her.

And I generally don't read books for the plot or the characters, I read it for the writing. So if it didn't feel like her, it just took me twice as long to read one story as it might've otherwise.

I realised, while reading this book, that I much prefer Nin's stories when they were written from a female perspective. I feel that she puts parts of herself in her stories, and the more I read, the more I'd find out about her. Her vulnerabilities, her eccentricities, her dreams.

Yes, it was dark, yes it was erotic and sensual in that it engaged all the five senses.

It's hard to rate this book because overall, it's not my favourite of her works, and yet some of the stories were my favourite in this book and otherwise.

It's been a strange and wild ride, Anaïs. Only you could puzzle me the way you do.

And thank you so much to Christina for buddy-reading this with me! It's been on my shelf so long, it's great to tick it off my to-read list.

(Uh, also, I should say, this book is riddled with triggers. So, let's get started. tw: rape, non-consensual sex, beastiality, necrophilia, underaged sex... all the things. It's pretty dark.) ( )
  lydia1879 | Aug 31, 2016 |
Nin, then writing for "the collector," writes short stories that beguile us with the forbidden (at the time) and the taboo. Her unique style and perspective, give these stories a voice like no other. Literate porno, but mostly just literate by today's standards. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
I thought this to be a very well written and extremely entertaining book of an adult genre.

I like it so much I own a hard cover copy. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 18, 2016 |
Boek dat ik bij toeval tegen kwam in een 2ehands winkelt op vakantie in griekenland. Meteen gekocht en op het strand gaan lezen. Lekker weg voor op vakantie ( )
  misty13 | Oct 15, 2015 |
I read this book back in high school and what a revelation! ( )
  IsabelWinsorAuthor | Jun 5, 2015 |
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Commengé, BéatriceTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lokka, PirkkoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mörling, MikaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0156029030, Paperback)

An extraordinarily rich and exotic collection from the mistress of erotic writing

 

In Delta of Venus, Anais Nin pens a lush, magical world where the characters of her imagination possess the most universal of desires and exceptional of talents. Among these provocative stories, a Hungarian adventurer seduces wealthy women then vanishes with their money; a veiled woman selects strangers from a chic restaurant for private trysts; and a Parisian hatmaker named Mathilde leaves her husband for the opium dens of Peru.

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In Delta of Venus Anais Nin penned a lush, magical world where the characters of her imagination possess the most universal of desires and exceptional of talents. Among these provocative stories, a Hungarian adventurer seduces wealthy women then vanishes with their money; a veiled woman selects strangers from a chic restaurant for private trysts; and a Parisian hatmaker named Mathilde leaves her husband for the opium dens of Peru. This is an extraordinarily rich and exotic collection from the master of erotic writing.… (more)

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