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Anais: The Erotic Life of Anais Nin Paperback – Nov 1 1994


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  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books (Nov. 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316284319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316284318
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,245,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By bookkitten on Sept. 15 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is a thoroughly delicious read for the Nin fan. Noel Riley Fitch's fine scholarship, deft analysis, and solid writing make vivid what is surely one of the most fascinating lives of the 20th century. As the title indicates, this books focuses on Nin's love/sex life, but it uses all available diaries and fictional works to piece together what can sometimes be a real puzzle. And, unlike the biography by Deirdre Bair, Ms. Fitch has an obvious affection, admiration, and appreciation for Nin which does not compromise the objectivity of her analysis.
The one possible problem in Fitch's analysis is that she makes the presumption that Nin was physically violated by her father. There is no doubt whatsoever that Nin was emotionally abused by the man, but Fitch is the first to suggest actual sexual molestation. Though she makes an excellent case for this possibility, her daring thesis caused a bit of an uproar amongst Nin's family and close friends who believe Fitch played fast and loose with the facts. I can understand their concern; it is a serious thing to accuse someone of such a crime. Still, Fitch's argument is so compelling that I don't believe it can be easily overlooked.
For anyone interested in understanding Anais Nin, this book posits a provocative theory while also pulling together the facts of her life.
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I agree that this is not the best biography of Anais Nin. Yet, we have to realize that she is not the easiest person to write a book about. I admire Noel Riley Fitch for attempting. I love reading about Anais--she was an amazing woman. And I think she knew more about the TRUTH then we think she did. She created atmosphere and breathable relationships. This biography tells of her friends and enemies alike---her success and failures.
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By A Customer on Aug. 28 2001
Format: Paperback
There are many things that are just factually wrong in this book. I recommend reading "Anais Nin : Literary Perspectives" by Suzanne Nalbantian. This is a book that is actually written by people who studied and/or knew Anais Nin.
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