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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt, Inc.; Reprint edition (Feb. 15 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156029049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156029049
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PRAISE FOR LITTLE BIRDS
"[It is] so distinct an advance in the depiction of female sensuality that I felt, on reading it, enormous gratitude."-Alice Walker

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"One of contemporary literature's most important writers."-Newsweek Anas Nin explores passion in all its forms, from two strangers on a moonlit Normandy beach to a woman's sudden fulfillment at a public hanging. Evocative, compelling, superbly erotic, Little Birds is a powerful journey into the mysterious world of sex and sensuality. Anas Nin (1903-1977) was born in Paris and aspired at an early age to be a writer. An influential artist and thinker, she was the author of several novels, short stories, critical studies, a collection of essays, two volumes of erotica, and nine published volumes of her Diary. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Let me begin by saying that I had not previously read Nin before, but was recommended to it. I was familiar with the works of Pauline Reage - but this took my breath away. Where Reage is dark and desparate, and a victim to her passion(obsession?), Nin rejoices in the tastessightssmellssensations of pleasure with the soul of an artist and a gourmet. There is a wealth of emotion here - If anyone is confused about the difference between pornography and erotica, this will set them straight. Erotica is literature, and transcends the purely physical. This is as much an arousal of the mind as of the body. Men especially need to read more works of this type if they are looking for a deeper understanding of how women think and feel about sex.
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By CoffeeGurl on April 4 2004
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Having read Delta of Venus, I couldn't wait to read another Anais Nin book. Little Birds is the follow-up to Venus. Again, Nin captures your intellect as well as your senses with her dark, lurid and erotic stories. "The Model" is my favorite vignette. Stories that center on painters of nude men and women and their models are always insatiable. This one, of course, is not an exception. I must point out, however, that this effort does not exceed Delta of Venus. The first collection is far more memorable than this one. Even so, Anais Nin explores female desires with unflinching clarity. Little Birds is a true masterpiece written by a woman for women. What beautiful effort! I shall read more of her work in the future...
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"Little Birds" was my first foray into the world of Anais Nin. I haven't decided, after reading this, whether I like this or not. On one hand, I love her use of the English language, her spare style, her sense of character and story-telling. On the other hand, too many of the stories presented here ended abruptly, with no real sense of resolution or how the characters got from point A to point B. The most glaring example is in the story "The Model," in which we get detailed descriptions of the narrator's first two would-be lovers, but almost nothing about the third guy. Flaws aside, this little volume is probably the best way to get acquainted with Nin without investing too much.
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Nin, in this interesting collection of very short stories, tersely and quietly impugns the social stigma of promiscuity in a greater context of fantasy and symbol. Virtually devoid of florid descriptions of classical love and the game-like foreplay of courtship, "Little Birds" opens a passage into sedate, frank accounts of tenderness and the force of pure sexuality. Nin knew her audience well, and in tampering with sacrosanct traditions ever so lightly, she caresses the eroticism of taboo as much as that of standard sexual fantasy. This is truly a sublime read.
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By P. Vitale on Sept. 9 2000
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I never read Anais Nin before. My introduction to her came via Henry Miller. She writes unlike Miller in every way except one and that is seeking for an expression of the "truth" of humanity. I found myself stirred in more than one way. Books are a private thing. And in the privacy of this lady's world, as in the privacy of Henry Miller's, one can find everything that is beautiful about living.
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By A Customer on Aug. 11 1999
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Wonderful and sensual hardcore that is so soft and touching at the same time. When I read it, it read real! It carries one's uninhabited imagination. Anais recognized passion can and do come in many forms, right or wrong. This is a novel and that readers may enjoy it more without being judgamental. Sensitive theme like title story "little birds" is just a minor reflection of Lolita anyway.
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By Mari on March 31 2000
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I adore this book. It's really erotic, but tasteful and refined; it also is cleverly written and sensual, so much that you'll be transported into the stories. I didn't like two of the tales at all, but if you leave them out, this is a very good book. I also reccomend Anais Nin's diary.
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By A Customer on Dec 21 1997
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Anais Nin has a true gift for the erotic. Her writing is sensual with a touch of hardcore delicately placed so as not to turn the reader away. I was carried along with each character. A wonderful read for those interested in exploring the deeper,slightly darker side of their soul.
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