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Aphrodite ❰Reading❯ ➾ Aphrodite Author Pierre Louÿs – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Le personnage f minin qui occupe la premi re place dans le roman qu on va feuilleter est une courtisane antique, mais, que le lecteur se rassure elle ne se convertira pas Elle ne sera aim e ni par un Le personnage f minin qui occupe la premi re place dans le roman qu on va feuilleter est une courtisane antique, mais, que le lecteur se rassure elle ne se convertira pas Elle ne sera aim e ni par un moine, ni par un proph te, ni par un Dieu Dans la litt rature actuelle, c est une originalit Courtisane, elle le sera avec la franchise, l ardeur et aussi la fiert de tout tre humain qui a vocation et qui tient dans la soci t une place librement choisie elle aura l ambition de s lever au plus haut point elle n imaginera m me pas que sa vie ait besoin d excuse ou de myst re ceci demande tre expliquJusqu ce jour, les crivains modernes qui se sont adress s un public moins pr venu que celui des jeunes filles et des jeunes normaliens ont us d un stratag me laborieux dont l hypocrisie me d pla t J ai peint la volupt telle qu elle est, disent ils, afin d exalter la vertu En t te d un roman dont l intrigue se d roule Alexandrie, je me refuse absolument commettre cet anachronisme.


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  1. Scribble Orca Scribble Orca says:

    Ah This writer is sublime.I cannot think I can only respond as the string of a violin quivers under the drawing of a bow This is prose so voluptuous that no amount of imagery, sumptuous, voluminous, sensuous or rapturous can even begin to describe the delights of this book.Literature only reaches the utmost limit of its seductiveness when it gives occasion for jealousy not the petty feelings that constitute envy of one writer for another, but the searing, tumultuous emotion that demands wi Ah This writer is sublime.I cannot think I can only respond as the string of a violin quivers under the drawing of a bow This is prose so voluptuous that no amount of imagery, sumptuous, voluminous, sensuous or rapturous can even begin to describe the delights of this book.Literature only reaches the utmost limit of its seductiveness when it gives occasion for jealousy not the petty feelings that constitute envy of one writer for another, but the searing, tumultuous emotion that demands withholding its beauty and wonder from the eyes of all other readers.Such a book is this


  2. Sérgio Sérgio says:

    Publicado no Literatura Solta, dispon vel emhttp literaturaasolta.blogspot.pt 2No terceiro e ltimo volume da grande s ntese da hist ria do s culo XIX, A Era do Imp rio 1875 1914, o historiador Eric Hobsbawm cita como uma evid ncia do progresso ulteriormente quebrado pela Primeira Guerra Mundial o apoio cultura dado pelas classes dominantes desse per odo, que permitiu a publica o da obra de Rainer Maria Rilke e de Marcel Proust Por lapso, ou talvez por puritanismo, esqueceu Pierre Lou Publicado no Literatura Solta, dispon vel emhttp literaturaasolta.blogspot.pt 2No terceiro e ltimo volume da grande s ntese da hist ria do s culo XIX, A Era do Imp rio 1875 1914, o historiador Eric Hobsbawm cita como uma evid ncia do progresso ulteriormente quebrado pela Primeira Guerra Mundial o apoio cultura dado pelas classes dominantes desse per odo, que permitiu a publica o da obra de Rainer Maria Rilke e de Marcel Proust Por lapso, ou talvez por puritanismo, esqueceu Pierre Lou s Imagem Pierre Lou s 1870 1925 Figura controversa do simbolismo de l ngua francesa, elitista por natureza, acreditando que o trabalho de um escritor era escrever para uns quantos eleitos capazes de compreender a sua obra, Lou s legou nos algumas das mais belas p ginas de fino lirismo de todo o s culo XIX Publica em 1894, Les Chansons de Bilitis, traduzido em portugu s com demasiada liberdade po tica como O Sexo de Ler de Bilitis , fruto de um extenso trabalho de pesquisa hist rico liter ria para recriar o mundo grego pr cl ssico, do s culo VI a C., tendo sido posteriormente adaptado para piano por Claude Debussy Com Bilitis, uma suposta amante de Safo, vivemos a exalta o do amor em todas as suas vertentes atrav s de cento e cinquenta e oito poemas que narram a sua vida num puro estilo grego, chegando mesmo, durante um curto espa o de tempo, a ser confundidos, como o pr prio autor propunha, com a produ o original de uma Bilitis que nunca existiu Afrodite surge na senda de Les Chansons de Bilitis, em 1896, e catapultou Pierre Lou s para o sucesso liter rio do s culo em Fran a, vendendo um total de 350 mil c pias, sucesso que fez a fortuna da ent o rec m criada editora Mercure de France Desta feita, a ac o decorre na Alexandria do tempo da rainha Berenice IV 58 55 a C , irm mais velha da grande Cle patra Acompanhamos a mais bela mulher da cidade, origin ria da Galileia, raptada aos 12 anos por mercadores que a instalam no bairro judeu e a estabelecem como prostituta, ou cortes Sara, de seu nascimento, denominada pelos amantes como Cr sis ou Criseida, nome que evoca um dos muitos ep tetos de Afrodite, dada a sua grande semelhan a com a deusa do amor, e a perfei o arc dica de uma beldade de cabelos dourados e pele alva e maviosa Cr sis, prestes a completar 20 anos, amante de centenas de homens, e mulheres, pois o lesbianismo, na Antiguidade hel nica, era n o s socialmente aceite como muito frequente, nunca amou Imagem Representa o do Farol de Alexandria, marco do Egipto Hel nico, por H ThierschQuando se cruza com Dem trio, o famoso escultor da Afrodite que povoa o centro do maior templo de Alexandria, e ainda mais famoso amante da rainha, a sua vida mudar para sempre Cansado do amor exigente de Berenice, enfadado da louca devo o por parte das mulheres da cidade, que o perseguem e assediam a toda a hora, Dem trio contenta se com a perfei o est tica da est tua que criou Contudo, positivamente encantado com a conjuga o da beleza de Cr sis com a arte de a saber apresentar e servir se dela para respirar sensualidade e confian a, v se rejeitado nos seus avan os Desta forma, Dem trio apaixona se at servid o por Cr sis Deleitada por prender o ardor do altivo e orgulhoso amante da rainha, Criseida exige lhe a consuma o de tr s crimes como prova do seu amor o roubo do espelho de Safo, pertencente a B quis, uma cortes rival, a aquisi o do pente de marfim de Nitaucrite, antiga rainha do Egipto, pelo assassinato da sua ent o possuidora, a esposa do Sumo sacerdote, e a profana o do templo de Afrodite atrav s do furto do colar das Verdadeiras P rolas de Anadiomene que embelezam a est tua divina, fruto do labor do escultor.Servil adora o pela nica mulher capaz de lhe suscitar interesse, Dem trio aplica se na reuni o dos tr s objectos Tudo consegue sem deixar provas da sua inf mia Na noite anterior entrega das j ias, deita se, extenuado, e sonha numa descri o de extrema beleza, provavelmente o melhor cap tulo da obra com tudo aquilo que Cr sis lhe prometeu a revela o dos seus encantos f sicos, o deslumbramento pelas artes da dan a e da sedu o, o cantar das poesias de amor judaico e a uni o sexual com todos os seus requintes Atrav s deste sonho transcendental, Dem trio liberta se do feiti o do amor escravizador de Cr sis, abdica de reclama la, de possu la, pois j a det m na forma que considera mais absoluta, a est tica Imagem Capa da reedi o de 1900, ilust de douard ZierQuando a cidade, em plena celebra o das Afrod sias, festividades em honra da deusa do prazer, acorda para a revela o dos crimes hediondos, Cr sis, bra o activo de Eros nas feridas de amor alheias por Eros ferida, de uma forma que n o previra Desejara apenas subjugar Dem trio, negar lhe aquilo que todos os outros teriam ao seu alcance por uma m dica quantia, fazendo pagar se a um pre o incomensur vel, nunca antes exigido, e acaba, finalmente, v tima de amor, desejando oferecer lhe aquilo que nunca ofereceu a ningu m, o seu cora o Todavia, n o j o mesmo Dem trio que encontra Esbarra contra a dura realidade do ideal est tico, de novo vencedor na alma do seu amado Suplica lhe que a ame, mas, no seu renovado ego smo, Dem trio exige lhe uma condi o deve caminhar pela cidade, nua, envergando apenas as tr s j ias, causadoras dos crimes que horrorizam Alexandria presa e condenada morte por envenenamento e, s no momento em que deve beber a cicuta suicida, recebe a companhia indiferente de Dem trio, que, logo ap s o ltimo suspiro, modela o corpo de Cr sis na exaltada posi o de amor do seu sonho para o modelo da sua derradeira obra prima, a Ess ncia da Vida Imagem A queda de Cr sis, ilust de douard ZierEsta uma obra de perfei o estil stica absoluta Nada escrito ao acaso, tudo tem um prop sito A profundidade liter ria que a obra cont m nas suas meras 224 p ginas a prova de uma laboriosa delapida o art stica digna da melhor produ o do movimento simbolista Encontra se dividida, ao sabor cl ssico, numa trag dia em cinco actos, resultante do imolar do modelo ateniense afincadamente treinado por Lou s A sua escrita n o deixa de me recordar Colette, no seu Ch ri Contudo, o que para mim lhe acrescenta mais valor a tentativa de Pierre recuperar um tempo anterior moralidade e cosmogonia crist s, possibilitando nos um raro vislumbre sobre o mundo perdido da Antiguidade Devido exposi o da inerente sensualidade, mais fresca, flor da pele, da juventude inebriada da terra , como define o mundo antigo, t o contr ria moral vitoriana, Pierre Lou s seria durante d cadas considerado um autor maldito, relegado, no final da vida, para a obscuridade de autores malditos, no entanto, que tantas vezes prov m as mais nuas verdades


  3. Shawn Shawn says:

    A little bit of a preamble here, so those looking for a succinct review need to jump down a few paragraphs.First point when I first started assembling my reading list which, for a very long time afterwards was just an endless spreadsheet document with names of books and their authors about 20 odd years ago, and was pilfering all kinds of names of classic and genre lit to add, I came up against a conundrum was I going to include erotica , a genre which, at that point in my life I had littl A little bit of a preamble here, so those looking for a succinct review need to jump down a few paragraphs.First point when I first started assembling my reading list which, for a very long time afterwards was just an endless spreadsheet document with names of books and their authors about 20 odd years ago, and was pilfering all kinds of names of classic and genre lit to add, I came up against a conundrum was I going to include erotica , a genre which, at that point in my life I had little use for Sure, you can make the easy one handed reading jokes all you d like, but somewhere deep in my mind was the idea that, much like almost everything else I d included, there had to be good reason why the genre existed, and interesting texts to be read On the other hand, I really couldn t conceive of what could be gained from endless descriptions of physical encounters and emotional conflicts Well, years later, I m glad to have made the right decision Oh, no doubt there will be duds here and there as there are in any genres , but my inclusion of potential erotica reads will likely be helped by my overarching focus on, and love for, non contemporary books There are all kinds of reasons for that focus love not worth exploring here but suffice it to say that crude modern gropings along the lines of 50 SHADES OF GRAY were never going to enter into my orbit anyway And as I ve grown older, and readwidely, I ve found that one of my greatest joys in reading comes from placing a work in its chronological historical cultural context and there s no reason why erotica will not serve just as well as any other examples over the years.Second point My reading of this books was somewhat hampered by my choice of physical text I happened to have having once worked for them the illustrated hardcovers produced by Humanoids the American arm of French bande dessin e publisher Les Humano des Associ s, of Metal Hurlant Heavy Metal fame , which accompany the text with erotic art from different artists as can be seen here Aphrodite Book One, Aphrodite Book Two, Aphrodite Book Three but soon discovered that they seemed to have abandoned the English versions before completing the text A quick visit to a used book store scored me the Modern Library version translation seen here, but reading that made me question how effective thorough edited the Humanoids texts were I don t really have time in my life to re read anything, so I greatly enjoyed finishing the book, while worried that much enjoyment may have been missed from the first half C est la vie As a short aside, the illustrated version are quite nice, although the Milo Manara artwork while certainly accomplished is a bit too, uh, clinically gynecological for my tastes, the Georges Bess artwork has a nice poster art quality at times and the Claire Wendling artwork is in a darker,interesting style REVIEW First Tier Is this book worth reading I would say yes, for a number of readers interests for those interested in the portrayal of ancient times, and customs practices involving sex and culture, for those interested in an examination of the links between passion lust and crime, and for those interested in a Literary Decadent Symbolist worldview applied to the preceding topics APHRODITE is never boring or heavy, and achieves a remarkable effect by the climax Muchthan a work of erotic historic fiction, it features musings on some deep topics A thoroughly enjoyable read REVIEW Second Tier So, what you are getting here is actually two things.One is an historical novel, set in ancient Alexandria the full title is APHRODITE MOEURS ANTIQUES Ancient Manners intensely focused on the lives customs practices of courtesans prostitutes and their customers the pampered royalty and intellectual classes of the city.But Lou s deliberately uses this setting and story to indulge in multiple exercises a descriptive celebration of physical beauty and physical love, a luxuriance in Orientalist detail, an exposition of Libertine Pagan philosophy, an exploration of just how much erotic content he can get away with as per contemporary s , a savoring of contrasts between ancient and modern morals ethics and, finally, a relishing of the freedom that the fin de si cle has given him to introduce darker undertones to the narrative contrasting eternal art with mortal beauty, life and death, intellectual philosophy and human suffering, crime and spiritual faith, etc So, as may be seen, this scandalous, phenomenal bestseller of its time is somethingthan a mere stroke book Any prurient interests it may have engendered have long since been overridden by our culture, and so one can enjoy it for all the further details to be teased from the text Which is not to say the overall erotic tone is not present the opening scenes in which Chrysis luxuriates in sleeping late, bathing and performing her daily ablutions and toilette, while admiring and enjoying her body are a masterclass in subtle, tactile, erotic writing with a sensory evocation of texture, color, surface, light and scent and a focus on hair, skin, water, perfume, atmosphere, dressing, costume and tinting.The plot is fairly straightforward Chrysis a stunningly beautiful, 19 year old courtesan is desired by celebrity sculptor D m trios whose mistress is Alexandria s queen, B r nice But Chrysis is indifferent and her perverse streak If someone should adore me, it seems to me that I would find much pleasure in making him suffer until he died of it drives her to demand three offerings as proof of the sculptor s love Obtaining the offerings will involve the commission of three crimes, each worse than the last the mirror of Sappho theft , the High Priestess Ivory Comb murder, as she is never without it , and the necklace that adorns the statue of Aphrodite sacrilege As D m trios sets upon his task although deeply conflicted , we are given a cross section of life in the city at the time the parties and orgies, the lives of slaves and courtesans, etc The climax, which I will reveal only in a spoiler space later, involves a reversal of power and a decision to embrace transient beauty over life itself, and how art preserves that beauty in eternal, if dead, form.D m trios, who is used to being loved for his physical beauty and skill, but not used to loving someone, is the main mouthpiece of the Decadent worldview here He is melancholy because he finds that he loves the marble statue of Aphrodite he has sculptedthan his actual lover, the queen, because it is perfect and eternal His passion for Chrysis undergoes an interesting transformation as the story proceeds, hinging specifically on a detailed, symbolic dream he experiences near the climax Chrysis specific request for objects relating to the presentation of physical beauty also has a neat inversion at the end There are interesting secondary characters and scenes as well even tween Cleopatra shows up for a chapter Rhodis Mytrocleia, lesbians appalled by heterosexual love, make a demand of Chrysis who enthuses in her seeming power over the sculptor and contemplates requesting regicide and revolution that she promise that they can officially wed and adopt children as lesbians can in their home country We are given a detailed overview of the Temple of Aphrodite Astarte which houses 1400 courtesans of various ages, nationalities and customs including 10 year old courtesan Melitta, who we hear from occasionally Naucrates Chrysis discuss the philosophy of love between the same and opposite sexes and the need for courtesans in society and in one powerful scene view spoiler following a night s orgy to celebrate the freedom of former slave Aphrodesia, she is unjustly blamed for D m trios theft and crucified hide spoiler Phrasilus Timon offer a dying woman their dueling philosophical aid the former all cold, rational, unhelpful stoicism the latter physical emotional succor APHRODITE is a surprisingly powerful work about passion and desire and their consequences The historical setting allows for contrasts between the ancient and modern world, wherein the ancient is seen aspragmatic regarding sex, sexuality, etc and beautiful in a cultural appreciation of the arts but converselysavage orgies, slavery, a crucifixion scene and the writing is never less than subtly masterful.Finally, a bit for the spoiler zone view spoiler Upon realizing that he has already consummated his love during his symbolic dream of Chrysis, after which the power dynamic between them shifts, D m trios demand that Aphrodite wear, in public, the items he has debased himself to obtain thus sealing her fate for the punishment of the crimes, took me by surprise and I have to say her final proud and incandescent ascension of the Lighthouse of Alexandria to face the public was simply a stunningly powerful moment Equally appreciated was the quasi morbidity of the scenes following her prison suicide and D m trios posing of her cold body to model the perfect statue , as her deteriorating corpse is shuffled around town by well intentioned friends hide spoiler the kind of sardonic detail and caustic commentary on the Life Art dichotomy that we could only have gotten out of the fin de si cle Bravo


  4. Eadweard Eadweard says:

    A decadent and erotic historical novel, the prose and the descriptions of Ptolemaic Alexandria are just luscious, the plot itself isn t much but that is not why you read this sort of work If I m not mistaken, this became a best seller when it came out For an older work downloaded off Project Gutenberg, the translation was quite explicit It was a delight to her to look at herself through the water She saw herself like a great pearl shell lying open on a rock Her skin became smooth and A decadent and erotic historical novel, the prose and the descriptions of Ptolemaic Alexandria are just luscious, the plot itself isn t much but that is not why you read this sort of work If I m not mistaken, this became a best seller when it came out For an older work downloaded off Project Gutenberg, the translation was quite explicit It was a delight to her to look at herself through the water She saw herself like a great pearl shell lying open on a rock Her skin became smooth and perfect the lines of her legs tapered away into blue light her whole form wassupple her hands were transfigured The lightness of her body was such that she raised herself on two fingers and allowed herself to float for a little and fall gently back on the marble, causing the water to ripple softly against her chin The water entered her ears with the provocation of a kiss.It was when taking her bath that Chrysis began to adore herself Every part of her body became separately the object of tender admiration and the motive of a caress She played a thousand charming pranks with her hair and her breasts Sometimes, even, she accorded a direct satisfaction to her perpetual desires, and no place of repose seemed to herpropitious for the minute slowness of this delicate solace The orient was bathed in a sea of colour A long band, livid as a water leaf, enveloped the horizon with an olive coloured girdle Higher up, several tints sprang out of one another, liquid sheets of blue green sky, irisated, or lilac coloured, melting insensibly into the leaden azure of the upper heavens Then, these tiers of colour rose slowly, a line of gold appeared, mounted, expanded a thin thread of purple illumined this melancholic dawn, and, in a flood of blood, the sun was born


  5. Michael Steger Michael Steger says:

    I was led to this book by some intriguing, amusing references to it at the beginning of Roberto Bolano s The Savage Detectives It is a thoroughly enjoyable work of quasi literary, semi pedantic, decadent, somewhat Symbolist, inevitably kitschy soft core eroticism with a good bit of Orientalism thrown in for good measure It is the story of a much admired though fictional Alexandrian courtesan, in the reign of Berenice II of Egypt i.e 3rd century BCE Shortly after the novella begins, t I was led to this book by some intriguing, amusing references to it at the beginning of Roberto Bolano s The Savage Detectives It is a thoroughly enjoyable work of quasi literary, semi pedantic, decadent, somewhat Symbolist, inevitably kitschy soft core eroticism with a good bit of Orientalism thrown in for good measure It is the story of a much admired though fictional Alexandrian courtesan, in the reign of Berenice II of Egypt i.e 3rd century BCE Shortly after the novella begins, the heroine chants a song poem in praise of her body, ending with some words of praise for her sex She is a purple flower, overflowing with honey and scent and that,or less, sets the tone It may remind you of Flaubert s Salaambo, though of course Flaubert evidently was muchinto violence and sadism than sex per se Aphrodite was written in 1895, when Louys was 25 and published the following year , and it was one of the best selling books of its time Louys was a friend of Valery, Mallarme, and Wilde who dedicated Salome to Louys and an admirer of the new work of the young Gide Luis Bunuel s still unsettling 1977 film Cet Obscur Objet du Desir is based on a Louys novella Louys ended his life as a sad and sickly figure, preyed upon by his friends and acquaintances, and trying to alleviate his migraine with cocaineLouys was praised for his literary French form, and criticized for his decadent provocations a scene in which an Alexandrian courtesan is accused of theft and crucified in the midst of a chatty philosophical dinner party orgy was not exactly well received by the critical establishment.He was also a great celebrant of Lesbian love indeed, like Kristeva in her Soleil Noir, Louys seems to question how on earth women ever come to be attracted to men at all and to this day Louys is something of a minor icon in Lesbian cultural history.This is not a great book, but it is nonetheless a fascinating one.In his Introduction, Louys suggests that his novel is meant to serve the cause of reminding readers of how sensual and pleasurable life could be, if we think of the Mediterranean cultures before the Christian era of sin and shame Against the frigid, efficient North, Louys pits the languorous, hedonistic South sensuality is the mysterious but necessary and creative condition of intellectual development Those who have not felt the exigencies of the flesh to the uttermost, whether for love or hatred,are incapable of understanding the full range of the exigencies of the mind Just as the beauty of the soul illumines the whole face, in like manner virility of the body is an indispensable condition of a fruitful brain The worst insult that Delacroix could address to men, the insult that he hurled without distinction against the decriers of Rubens and the detractors of Ingres, was the terrible word eunuchs.But further, it would seem that the genius of peoples, like that of individuals, is above all sensual All the cities that have reigned over the world, Babylon, Alexandria, Athens, Rome, Venice, Paris, have by a general law been as licentious as they were powerful, as if their dissoluteness was necessary to their splendour The cities where the legislator has attempted to implant a narrow, unproductive, and artificial virtue have seen themselves condemned to utter death from the very first day It was so with Laced mon, which, in the centre of the most prodigious intellectual development that the human spirit has ever witnessed, between Corinth and Alexandria, between Syracuse and Miletus, has bequeathed us neither a poet, nor a painter, nor a philosopher, nor an historian, nor a savant, barely the popular renown of a sort of Bobillot who got killed in a mountain defile with three hundred men without even succeeding in gaining the victory And it is for this reason that after two thousand years we are able to gauge the nothingness of Spartan virtue, and declare, following Renan s exhortation, that we curse the soil that bred this mistress of sombre errors, and insult it because it exists no longer Shall we see the return of the days of Ephesus and Cyrene Alas the modern world is succumbing to an invasion of ugliness Civilization is marching to the north, is entering into mist, cold, mud What night A people clothed in black fills the mean streets What is it thinking of We know not, but our twenty five years shiver at being banished to a land of old men.But let those who will ever regret not to have known that rapturous youth of the earth which we call ancient life, be allowed to live again, by a fecund illusion, in the days when human nudity the most perfect form that we can know and even conceive of, since we believe it to be in God s image, could unveil itself under the features of a sacred courtesan, before the twenty thousand pilgrims who covered the strands of Eleusis when the most sensual love, the divine love of which we are born, was without sin let them be allowed to forget eighteen barbarous, hypocritical, and hideous centuries


  6. Mel Mel says:

    I read an English translation of this, it was listed as a modern translation which I m guessing meant they left the naughty bits in I did enjoy the book a lot It was great to have interesting and independent women characters The lesbian couple were adorable When put in perspective with English literature at this time it was miles ahead I must admit though I was quite disappointed by the ending After stating so explicitly in the introduction that this was NOT a tale of morality I thought I read an English translation of this, it was listed as a modern translation which I m guessing meant they left the naughty bits in I did enjoy the book a lot It was great to have interesting and independent women characters The lesbian couple were adorable When put in perspective with English literature at this time it was miles ahead I must admit though I was quite disappointed by the ending After stating so explicitly in the introduction that this was NOT a tale of morality I thought it terribly disappointing to not only condemn the main character but to do so with scripture It was depressing that she had to pay for her crimes and not the man who committed them There were a couple things that just didn t make sense to me, why she wanted him to commit these crimes in the first place and what she hoped to gain by them Also in the translation I read there was no mention of him completing the first task, I don t know if this was because the translator missed a bit or the original author just didn t include it But a bit disappointing I did enjoy this and could appreciate what the author was trying to do but I just wish he d tried a little harder


  7. Diletta Diletta says:

    Bellezza e crudelt Tutto qui Per me, solo per questo, vince su tutta la linea Aveva gi vinto in partenza.


  8. Feliks Feliks says:

    This book was the scandal and sensation of its era banned for many years in many lands Very much worth your while to seek out, I assure you It s got everything Rich, sumptuous prose, remote historical setting, exotic landscape, gorgeous uninhibited heroine Passionate romance Cruelty, blood, torture, and death Wild parties casual nudity Greek poetry dancing bacchanalias Raunchy, frank, ribald, unexpurgated erotic passages Religious schisms political statements, morality play Everyt This book was the scandal and sensation of its era banned for many years in many lands Very much worth your while to seek out, I assure you It s got everything Rich, sumptuous prose, remote historical setting, exotic landscape, gorgeous uninhibited heroine Passionate romance Cruelty, blood, torture, and death Wild parties casual nudity Greek poetry dancing bacchanalias Raunchy, frank, ribald, unexpurgated erotic passages Religious schisms political statements, morality play Everything all bound up into one fairly mesmerizing experience This sordid tale lives up to every inch of its tawdry reputation Its a must read for anyone with red blood coursing through their veins It s also probably a big slap in the face for today s modern day PC centurions who probably have a whole fresh set of complaints to make about it just as their prudish forebears did decades ago


  9. Czarny Pies Czarny Pies says:

    Ce roman rotique de la belle poque n a vraiment pas de place sur les tablettes du lecteur du 21e si cle L rotisme n est pas suffisament piment les gouts de nos jours Le discours est profond ment phallocrate Possiblement, quelqu un qui aime le mouvement orientaliste du 19 si cle y trouvera quelque plaisir C est surtout un joli artefact pour les arch ologues de notre litterature.


  10. Caroline Caroline says:

    Classed as erotica, but one of the loveliest written books I ve ever read The protagonist is a respectable and successful prostitute, who peels herself sensually off the page by way of generous, sumptuous, and tactile descriptions The tongue in cheek humor had me giggling to myself and memorizing jokes for use in later conversations.


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