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Daddy: An Erotic Memoir [Paperback]

Raul Schmidt
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In a shallow take on a profound subject, a middle-aged man describes his sexual encounters with his two adult daughters, having met themAfor the first time since they were small childrenAwhen they were 21 and 23. The younger daughter, a gorgeous, earthy actress, reminds him of her mother at the same age. The elder sister is the spitting image of her old man in his youth, a lonely intellectual and a virgin. He feels an instant sexual connection with each daughter; when he crudely seduces them, one after the other, he believes he is simply responding to their desires, as a humane father would. The affairs continue for a while, until the younger daughter leaves him for more appropriate boyfriends and he tires of the other, eventually forsaking her for a new (unrelated) young woman. He describes his sexual love slowly evolving into a paternal one (despite occasional reunions with the younger daughter). Schmidt, who the publisher claims is an award-winning screenwriter writing under a pseudonym, asserts that his sexual relationship with his daughters hasn't in any way harmed them and that, although he is dead to one of them (she has said kaddish for him), his presence in their lives has been beneficial. Because of his financial gifts, he contends, they are both happier and more successful. Though he occasionally asks himself whether these affairs should have begun (and continued), he never poses the question to his daughters. Never mind the utter moral turpitude of this chronicle: even readers in search of literary erotica are likely to be disappointed, as the sex scenes are clich?d, lacking the wit or daring of an Ana?s Nin or a Pauline R?age. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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By A Customer
Format:Paperback
'Daddy' addresses the often difficult topic of incest. I've always seen there as being two types of incest.
The first type involves an adult taking advantage of a child below, often far below, the age of consent and
causing the child great pain and often emotional scarring for life because of the profound abuse of power.
This type of incest quite properly horrifies most people, and the more abusive the situation, the more
horrible it is. The second type of incest involves consenting sexual relations between closely related
adults. This type seems to me to be far more morally ambiguous, although it still seems to evoke feelings
of shock and revulsion among many people--but these feelings seem less rational to me than in cases of
sexual abuse of a child, and are perhaps based upon people's fears of confronting their own sexual attraction
to family members. Feelings of sexual attraction to family members are no doubt quite widespread--I am
told by a woman who works as a prostitute in a legalized Australian brothel that it is fairly common for
male family members to come in and pay for sexual intercourse with their mothers, sisters, or daughters--
though it isn't necessarily talked about a lot.
So this book had an interesting, and controversial, topic to work with and had the courage to take a
difficult point of view. It tells the story, from the father's point of view, of a father who is reunited
with his two adult daughters after being separated from them early in their lives. The father quickly
develops a mutually consentual sexual relationship with both daughters. The book doesn't particularly
moralize but rather presents this as being a perfectly normal activity--which, as noted earlier, it may
well be.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother Oct. 25 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
To be sure, this is not a good book. Schmidt overwrites, overanalyzes, and overexplains, providing an effect much like suffocation. Despite being fairly short, this book is a long read--it takes time to slog through Schmidt's self-indulgent excess. He could have excised entire chapters without significantly changing the story. Its sheer, numbing badness makes it easy for me to believe this man is indeed a television writer. Daddy fails as a novel and it fails as erotica.
For what it's worth, I do think this is a memoir, rather than poorly-executed fiction, if only for the rather cynical reason that none of the three main characters changes very much. The elder daughter gains enough self-reliance to hold a job and keep an apartment, but the three of them finish with the intense egocentrism they begin with. As the joke goes, "Truth is stranger than fiction, because fiction has to make sense."
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1.0 out of 5 stars not what i expected... June 2 2001
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Format:Paperback
Wow, I read this book and its' not what I expected. Yes I knew what it was about. But it's the explicit detail that the author gives everytime he is with one of his daughters. I personally DO NOT think he needs to be THAT specific to tell the story, and tell it well. It doesn't matter wheather incest is common, or misunderstood, whatever. I still think it's way to detailed. But, if you like that kinda thing, and like reading about incest, then buy the book. But I think anyone reading it is going to be shocked at first by the detail.
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Anyone that bought this book thinking it's a clinical review of the ramifications of incest will surely be surprised to say the least. The title of 'Daddy' has to tittilate from point one.
This is 'an erotic memoir' written under a pseudonym .. DUUUUHHH ... Aficionados of erotic literature, especially the Victorain classics, would not even bat an eyebrow in reading this book since incest in Victorian times was not only practiced but actually quite common.
The author in this book tells us a story about reuniting with his two estranged daughters, now 21 and 24 after a 20 year separation. He is portrayed as a struggling writer in LA when his daughters, still living with the authors ex in northern California, send him a letter hoping to find him to set up a meeting.
Both girls in their own way seduce daddy and encourage a very sexual and of course incestous relationship. The story is written in a very gentle manner and I as the reader get the distinct impression that it may have been written by a woman. Since the apppreciation of eroticism is in the mind of the beholder this book certainly will appeal to women who may have had a crush on their fathers or on their father figure. Obviously, the three main characters know what they are doing and if there are any self recriminating thoughts of the consequences of their actions they are only described to add realism to the story.
The spice of eroticism must be the fusion of a good story and the reader getting to enjoy the taste of forbidden fruit. In this book the story is paramount and the sex and eroticism is definitely soft core and rates a five star recommendation in my book..... Enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Daddy;an erotic memoir Aug. 8 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
"Daddy" is a fascinating and well crafted book. The Daughters are not children, they are adults. Incest is a scenario that is outside of most peoples thoughts, but all three people in this book are consenting adults and there is no under-age history of sexual contact between them. The book made he ponder morals & ethics; right & wrong; not to mention social lables and knee-jerk hysteria. I give it a A+ and highly recommend it.
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