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The Word "Desire" (Lannan Selection) (edition 2005)

by Rikki Ducornet (Author)

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These twelve startlingly original stories about erotic desire are the best opportunity yet for adventurous renders to discover and explore the fiction of Rikki Ducornet, who over the past three decades has created a body of work that is as daring and finely wrought as any writer's. Each of these stories centers on a pivotal erotic moment in the lives of the men and women who narrate them. Desire is awakened by such seemingly inconsequential events as a glance, a dream, a thought, or a chance encounter. Yet in each instance a life is forever changed. Only a few are overtly sexual in content, but each explores the many strange reverberations that occur when desire is present, whether acted upon or kept inside.… (more)
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Title:The Word "Desire" (Lannan Selection)
Authors:Rikki Ducornet (Author)
Info:Dalkey Archive Press (2005), 193 pages
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This is a fairly uneven collection of stories that all turn on some type of desire. Some of the stories, like the title story that ends the book, give interesting and well-written dramatizations of how desire affects a characters. Other stories don't fare so well. I can see how a writer would think, "wouldn't it be a good idea if I wrote a story on desire from the perspective of a pet dog?" What I can't understand is how the writer wouldn't follow that thought with this one: "No, no it wouldn't." Still, I'd look at her novels based on the quality of the writing, but I'm not hurrying out to buy all her books. ( )
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These twelve startlingly original stories about erotic desire are the best opportunity yet for adventurous renders to discover and explore the fiction of Rikki Ducornet, who over the past three decades has created a body of work that is as daring and finely wrought as any writer's. Each of these stories centers on a pivotal erotic moment in the lives of the men and women who narrate them. Desire is awakened by such seemingly inconsequential events as a glance, a dream, a thought, or a chance encounter. Yet in each instance a life is forever changed. Only a few are overtly sexual in content, but each explores the many strange reverberations that occur when desire is present, whether acted upon or kept inside.

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