This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Seduction of the Minotaur by Anaïs Nin

Seduction of the Minotaur

by Anaïs Nin

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
1732103,550 (3.5)4



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 4 mentions

English (1)  Catalan (1)  All languages (2)
I found this a bit of a struggle. Just couldn't really connect with any of the characters and found it difficult to get into. It was also quite confusing in that the last 3rd suddenly jumps from Golconda to parts of the main characters past in Paris and Mexico City. I think the fact it is the 5th in a series of 5 books didn't help, but I didn't enjoy it enough to want to go back and read the others. Some of the description is very colourful and evocative of the Mexican landscape, but it just got a bit wearing overall. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Jul 20, 2010 |
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

Seduction of the Minotaur is an example of Ana?is Nin's most mature and cohesive fiction. The central character, Lillian, arrives in exotically primitive Mexico from New York, in part to forget her crumbling marriage and to find flow in her life after years of stasis. She befriends Dr. Hernandez, who, like Lillian, is also trying to forget, to escape, which he does with violence, shocking Lillian into facing her inner demon, the "Minotaur." Critic Oliver Evans says of Seduction of the Minotaur: "Its symbolism is the most complicated of any of Miss Nin's longer works...and at the same time it makes more concessions...to the tradition of the realistic novel: the result is a work of unusual richness." Consider this passage: "It was the time of the year when everyone's attention was focused on the moon. 'The first terrestrial body to be explored will undoubtedly be the moon.' Yet how little we know about human beings, thought Lillian. All the telescopes are focused on the distant. No one is willing to turn his vision inward... Such obsession with reaching the moon, because they have failed to reach each other, each a solitary planet!" Seduction of the Minotaur reveals Nin's struggle for self-awareness through her character Lillian. In a setting that is sumptuously described, with fully developed characters, the plot involves the dichotomy between civilization and the primitive, the dark and bright sides of human nature, with a conclusion that is classic Nin: enlightenment.… (more)

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (3.5)
2 3
3 4
4 7
5 2

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 136,423,879 books! | Top bar: Always visible