Delta of Venus

Delta of VenusI was rereading bits of this last night after seeing several one or two star reviews of it pop up in my feed recently And scanning through some of the other GR reviews here, there s a lot of people objecting that it s icky one reviewer lists all the things that feature in Delta, things like incest, rape, paedophilia, and then just says, Ew, right WELL NO NOT EW ACTUALLY I mean yes, ew, if you like, of course a lot of these things may not be very appealing depending on your tastes, butfundamentally I just think this is a misunderstanding of the genre The whole point of erotica is often not so much to turn you on as to go to places that other writing cannot to break down taboos Like other kinds of genre fiction, it should be mind expanding In the same way that, for instance, science fiction or fantasy tries to conjure up other civilisations in order to contextualise our own, so erotica is the one genre which gets to look at social conventions one by one and imagine what would happen if they didn t exist or if they were systematically ignored The idea is to open you up to new experiences, and it s often meant to be unsettling and challenging rather than arousing although certainly one key motive is to prompt that unexpected jolt from the reader where an internal voice says, Whoa, why do I find that idea so hot I thought I d dealt with all this in therapy.Having made the counter intuitive case that good erotica isn t necessarily sexy Exhibits A and B being de Sade and Bataille I should say that Ana s Nin is nowhere near as far along the scale as those two Her writing is well I won t say sexy , because that s so subjective one man s boring theme exercise being another woman s dependable two a.m go to , but it is definitely rich and sensual and I think there is a lot to admire about her prose style Here we go, let s check out some hot Pierre on Elena action He was in France without papers, risking arrest For greater security Elena hid him at the apartment of a friend who was away They met every day now He liked to meet her in the darkness, so that before they could see each other s face, their hands became aware of the other s presence Like blind people, they felt each other s body, lingering in the warmest curves, making the same trajectory each time knowing by touch the places where the skin was softest and tenderest and where it was stronger and exposed to daylight where, on the neck, the heartbeat was echoed where the nerves shivered as the hand came nearer to the center, between the legs.This is typical of her approach, which makes use of a lot of short, simple clauses, either separated into different sentences, fairytale like, or strung together with semicolons into long, dreamy bouts of poetic description She applies this ruthless sensuality equally to the sex and to the moments of violence or sadism that crop up in the book I am far from the world s biggest Ana s Nin fan, but I do think it is important that we have a woman finally writing about this kind of thing, rather than what we had for hundreds of years previously, viz. men guessing what women thought about it I m thinking John Cleland, Pierre Lou s, et hundreds of al.Nin always prompted a lot of varied reactions from other women, some thinking, Finally someone is saying it, and others beinglike, Whoa there, speak for yourself, sister Meanwhile men s excitement was split between the stuff they recognised women think like us and the stuff that seemed new women don t think like usI do think it s interesting that you can draw a line from Delta of Venus in the 1940s right through to, let s say, Nancy Friday s Women on Top in 1991, and see that most of the themes have barely changed at all.I don t think Delta of Venus is a great book, but I do think it s an interesting and important one and I have a real soft spot for it Of course in real life Ana s Nin was as mad as a box of frogs, but she was the right person at the right time and I like a lot of what s in here as the reviews show, it still has the power to challenge people today, when you might think the whole thing would have seemed rather pass Don t burn someone s genitalsit is NOT OK, says one reviewer earnestly Well, yes, fair enough it s just as well then that this isn t fucking reportage, it s a piece of creative writing Jesus Now if you ll excuse me, I ll be in my bunk going over page 117 again. Wow.I mean, I had never heard of this until recently when I had been dared to read it, and yes, I knew that I was getting into heavy erotica, but I hadn t expected it to be so damn good.Seriously I m not ashamed to admit that I was almost completely unable to stand up during most of the read, and because I was using text t0 speech, that mean being rather unpleasantly surprised as I was up and about during my day.I wanted to scream out, Oh, come on or This isn t Fair at random people as I was reading And then, at various moments, I pondered the great mystery of why so many men don t read this kind of romance It s very easy, my dear women In fact s extremely hard to hide the fact Forget about all the scoffing and the hems and the haws and all the condescending humor that jerky men use to explain why they don t read this stuff It s all baloney This book is full of really good stuff Extremely good stuff from the pure writing, the interweaving themes and characters and the way that the individual stories make up a much grander story of sexuality, right down the purely expert and sensual eroticism of the sex acts themselves I ve never read better, but I ll admit that most of what I ve read has really been quite horrible.Even so, I m amazed at how sensual she can turn all these kinds of turns, or even the direction she takes them So many of my own sensibilities were shocked and disturbed as I read a few particularly difficult scenes, but as a whole, the entire book was truly amazing Perhaps all that illicit and taboo material functions fantastically as the spice that tips us in and out of our complacency and into the deeper animal parts of us that love to be shocked, allowing us to enjoy the rest of the tales like we re getting away with something evenabsolutely naughty than it really might be.Seriously, if every erotic writer or if ANY writer including a sex scene might take a page out of her book, so many of the greatest crimes against sex might be rectified.Seriously, people, this is Literature, plain and simple, with a freedom applied to women s sensuality that is really quite brilliant It should be studied, applauded, and copied Alas.I hope her writing is always remembered. 3.5 5Let s get one thing straight This is erotica Erotica erotica erotica erotica erotica You know that phenomenon when you say something so many times that it temporarily loses its meaning Firstly, it s a psychological phenomenon known as semantic satiation Secondly, that s what I m trying to do here with the word erotica Erotica erotica erotica erotica erotica Run through that a fewtimes if you haven t sufficiently stripped yourself of assumptions, contextual peripheries, and all other sorts of ideological clutter Also, don t even think of the word porn This isn t one two hup hup hup gratification on the simplest level of human biological stimulation This is literature.Feeling free of all that Good Because the theme that I m working through in this review is this erotica is a genre of wasted potential.You heard me Wasted potential Just look at its current representative in the popular media Not only is it a ripoff of a fanfiction of Twilight, a book that is an advocate of both poor writing and abusive relationships, it manages to compound both of those qualities to evenhorrendous levels Thanks to that book, the misconceptions regarding theeclectic sexual activities have never beenhorrible or widespread I m not even going to try to discuss the writing.Now, let s return to the book at hand Delta of Venus was published in 1977, thirty four years before 50SoG Had the erotica genre been taken seriously at any time since then, it could have been a game changer Perhaps not for the quality of writing, which comes nowhere close to the masters, but not only does it cover a wide variety of sexual situations in unflinching physical detail without the slightest hint of judgment, it also touches on a huge number of issues that are present in how society treats sexual matters today Yes, once again I am deconstructing societal issues If you don t like it, shoo You have the rest of the Internet This place is mine These issues include varieties of sexuality, sociocultural gender constraints, patriarchal oppression, proper conductance of BDSM, fetishes ranging from pedophilia to necrophilia to gerontophilia to myriad objects, scents, textures, you name it, Nin s probably mentioned it While her writing isn t the most prettily poetic thing under the sun, what it does accomplish is show exactly what is running through the participants minds without once fetishizing abusive or bigoted aspects of sexuality, as well as get the reader comfortable with parts of the anatomy that society for whatever reason has an attitude both puritanical and childish towards When you can t use the word vagina when discussing abortion issues in governmental procedures, you know something s extremely wrong with the world.I know there is literature out there that deals with theuneasy aspects of sexual issues, even some like Lolita that are widely praised by the literary community That doesn t change the fact that the genre of erotica is largely met with titters and contempt when it isn t banned outright, and the majority of its literature is filled with connotations of unrealistic sexual dynamics, borderline abusive situations, and frankly just a lot of bad writing.When it comes to sociocultural progress, I see no catalystpowerful than that of literature, especially literature that survives and thrives for centuries well into present times Out of every genre of literature, the least likely to be taught in classrooms is that of erotica Maybe you ll get a book that involves rape, or one that hints at homosexual liaisons, or perhaps relationships deemed illicit by reason of race, class, or culture It is highly unlikely that a book that details sexual relations both healthy and unrestricted by stereotypes will ever make its way into the classroom without being met by childish behavior by both the students and their parents Not while sexual education ignores the ramifications of rape culture, the realities of relationships fluid in both gender and sexual preferences, and the harmful effects of the ideologically constraining concepts of masculinity and femininity No representation in classrooms leads to infantile reactions to it in reality leads to barely any incentive for writers to try their hand at it It s a vicious cycle.So, next time you see someone with 50SoG, inform them that there is a much better book out there called Delta of Venus that is not only erotica, but classic erotica They probably won t ignorantly enjoy it as much as the former, but one hopes it will get them thinking A much better end result, in my mind. This collection forces you to examine your pre conceived notions of erotica at least, I did If you think you ll start reading this all respectable in your best readerly librarian s glasses, then a few pages in, change into somethingcomfortable , and finish in dire need of the coldest shower ever, you re probably wrong There s something for everyone here, and I mean EVERYONE, including necrophiliacs, pedophiles, sadists, and those with any number of other kinks Yuck, right Yuck, except you can t really extricate yourself that easily Nin turns the reader into a voyeur, observing and therefore a passive participant in all kinds of deviant behaviour She also plays this nasty little trick of drawing you into something that looks sexy, but then, with a high pitched cackle, punishing you with a shocking and vile ending Hahaha she says Getting turned on, are ya Here s a knife in your crotch No, I m not even exaggerating I read this collection slowly, one story per week, which I think is the best way to read Nin s work Read any quicker, and it will be like pouring a whole jar of honey down your throat sickeningly sweet and what a mess I found the shortest stories to be the most successful because they are focused and pack a punch that I appreciatedas time went by The longer ones tend to havesexy scenes but are less effective because they meander from encounter to encounter without much connecting them I got the sense that she was being paid by the page in those stories and she was It is so difficult to write sex, well I m not going to say that she did that all the way through this book She definitely has her moments, though, and each reader s copy will have a dog eared page or two, depending on what floats your boat I think we continue to read Anais Nin s work because yes, she was one of the first women to write this way And also because there s an unabashed, crazy let s face it, she was loony as a fruitcake honesty about her A woman, writing honestly about sex That will never lose appeal As one of her characters saysWhy do women make such a secret and mystery of it all They think it destroys their mystery but it is not true And here you come out and say just what you felt It is wonderful And the female character respondsI believe in saying it There are enough mysteries, and these do not help our enjoyment of each other So, what is erotica Does it serve to arouse, sexually Or does it educate, break taboos, open awareness, strip naked secret fantasies I think Nin s stories do all these things Though I often found myself saying but YUCK now that I ve read the collection, I m not at all sorry I did I guess you could say I was seduced Damn. Tricky oneIs there any way to write well about sex Too much metaphor and the words themselves are destroyed in an orgy of filth, too little and it can become cold and clinical The issues of gender politics, the fluidity of sexuality and sexual identity, and different sexual kinks also come into play It s a fine tightrope to balance on And it disturbed me early on with the mention of children, oh God, this better not be anything like 120 Days of Sodom , thankfully not, what follows are deeply engaging chronicles of interconnected sexual episodes, which I have to say took me by surprise as to just how explicit they were I was expecting lines like he fondled her breasts , or he gently stroked her inner thighs whilst gazing into her eyes , yes there are indeed lines along these lines, two thirds of the time though it s mostly pornographic in detail, which I won t go into detail on, I am sure we are all old enough to get the picture.Nin the madam of a house of literary prostitution in the 1940s, was commissioned to write by an anonymous collector, who demanded that she leave out the poetry of sex Thankfully Nin ignored him, and her stories contain a strong sense of the poetic mixed with the sensual, especially highlighted by her emphasis on the exotic, both in character and locale, another thing that surprised me was the fact just how well she wrote, it s dirty, but always engaging This enabled Nin to present a sexual freedom which was incredibly forward looking for the time, and especially revolutionary from a female perspective Even now reading this in the 21st century still shocked me at it s content While the characters and their situations are fun and enjoyable, it only really worked for me on the longer stories, givingof a chance to take the characters in, and Nin fills here and there with moments of pathos and yearning which are saved mainly for the second half of the book The final episode, which deals with war breaking out and the dream coming to an end, even has a Fitzgerald like quality which definitely outshines what went beforehand It s a bit over 200 pages in length but still felt overly long, maybe down to the fact it did have a repetitive nature, the word Penis seemed to get mentioned about a million times The last third I felt it s strongest point.For me a three star read, but when writing of sex at least the book did feature five star orgasms. A kaleidescopic array of tantalizing erotica An epidemic of erotic journals that s indispensable to the most insatiable of sex aficionados It is the best of its type no doubt this may be the bible of this literary black sheep genre It smolders, it quickens the pulse even if you re gay, even if you re a prude, even if you believe that this is not your cup a tea The charm of this experiment, or, seeing of sexual experience from a woman s point of view lies in its Russian Nesting dolls plot , in which stories are found inside stories within stories, and characters artists, mostly are met their fates follow divergent paths of sexual contest, of sexual victory Taboos erotic proclivities include disguises, underwear, exhibitionism, rape, almostrape, homosexuality, bisexuality, unfaithfulness, incest, necrophilia, bestiality, child pornography But this is not within the parameters of Sade Park No It s classy, it s dreamy, it s lush, in a league all its own Powerfully provocative, evocative, because it s at once hilarious heartbreaking REAL. PIn Delta Of Venus Anaiuml S 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 Delta Of Venus Is An Extraordinarily Rich And Exotic Collection From The Master Of Erotic Writing I think you have to be a little on the sick and twisted to get off on this book Well, parts of it Here are some examples of the icky ickiness Anais Nin writes about in Delta of Venus Dude lays in bed early in the morning, and some kids who live in the house come in and horse play around his room He gets a hard on and encourages them to frolic about on top of the covers Same dude, decades later, takes custody of his teenage son and daughter Then he fucks em A different dude burns some lady s cootch with a hot pipe Another dude helps some man take a dead body out of the river and then he fucks the dead body while water pours out of her orifices A lady rides a horse bareback, and gets all horny from the feel of the horse s rough coat against her clit etcEw, right I mean, she does have some good stuff in the book, but honestly, it s so overshadowed by the ick, that it s hard to lose oneself in the writing That being said, I ll admit that the reason we read Anais Nin in 2009 is to gain some perspective on the history of erotica, so than for sexy fun times There s no doubt that Nin was remarkable after all, she s female working in a male dominated industry but her writing is flat and stale kinda like this review Very few of her stories were fleshed out, and I found that she was missing the intense emotional connection I d expect from a woman writer the poeticism is noticeably absent I m completely and utterly disappointed Maybe I set my expectations too highHere s the blurb on the back of the book this edition published in the 1970s Thirty five years ago, Anais Nin created the female language for sexuality She did it for a wealthy male patron for 1.00 a page He ordered her to leave out the poetry, but she simply couldn t The publication of Delta of Venus now makes available to the rest of us the seductive, erotic and full bodied nature of her writing And it reveals Anais Nin as a woman ahead of her time.Well Mr or Ms Blurbist, you couldn t be farther from the truth Or further Whatever. A broke Anais Nin wrote porn at a dollar a page for an unknown collector who kept telling her to write less literary crap,of the in and out Which infuriated her, because she thought he was destroying everything interesting about sex Which is basically the same debate people are having today about internet porn.And she keeps punishing him for it In one story a woman has an erotic opium experience, and it s pretty hot I guess, and then suddenly it s like view spoiler And then the guy almost slashed her vagina up because he was a psycho The end hide spoiler AUTHOR WEBCAM Hi there my name s Anais, what s yours Oh, er hi Anais My name s Pau Manny My name is Manny Hi Manny How are you tonight Oh I m fine thank you Er you have a great laptop there Why thank you It s a Lenovo Ideapad Do you think it looks cute Oh yes You should see the things I can do with it Mm hmmm What would you like to see me do Manny Would you like to see me type Or correct a manuscript Do you want me to call my publisher I can complain about royalty payments if you want I complain really well You know if you have a publisher we could complain together Could you could you compose some erotica right now Of course I could, Manny Now, would you like that to be in long luxurious leisurely sentences with metaphors clustered like grapes hanging from a vine turning golden pale in the Tuscany sun Or would you like it to be urgent, short, sharp, like a James Ellroy sex doll, no word over four letters Please just do what you feel you re into, Anais Why thank you Manny, you re a gentleman All right Let s see now

French born novelist, passionate eroticist and short story writer, who gained international fame with her journals Spanning the years from 1931 to 1974, they give an account of one woman s voyage of self discovery It s all right for a woman to be, above all, human I am a woman first of all from The Diary of Ana s Nin, vol I, 1966 Ana s Nin was largely ignored until the 1960s Today she is

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