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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic (June 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852428112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802117168
  • ASIN: 0802117163
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.7 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 390 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #832,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kerry A. Walsh on June 12 2004
Format: Paperback
This book was talked up so much by so many people that I decided to pick it up.. much to my dismay. The writing is trite, the stories repetitive and not terribly interesting and the sexual encounters are completely overdone to the point of draining all of their eroticism. Reading and re-reading stories about orgies and illicit sex acts with no explanation, insight or (at least) craft of writing is just boring. Not worth your time. If you're looking for interesting erotica, try some Anais Nin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Galen on Aug. 2 2002
Format: Hardcover
Catherine Millet is a successful French art critic. She remembers her Catholic childhood. She had a lively inner life, kept scrapbooks, and as an adult has led an unusual and enthusiastic sexual life. She has been in favor of men of all shapes, nationalities, classes, colors, ages, and sizes occupying her body (if not her mind) for a few moments, an evening, or an entire relationship. But this book is not about "relationships." Think of these four essays ("Numbers," "Space," "Confined Space," and "Details") as theory and criticism - not of art, but of desire and pleasure -rather than confession or apology. She's very smart, and she is not showing off. The images are vivid. She observes and describes an enormous variety of remembered sexual acts and subjective inner states. She deconstructs pleasure most satisfyingly. She explores the "why" of her pursuit, too. Millet lets readers in, but only if they are wise enough to read between the lines.
Millet the enthusiastic participant was appreciative of bodies, desire, and earthly pleasure. She wanted connection and intensity, and clearly she craved company. Male bodies and male desire - along with her own - were the way to get it. She explains right off that she is submissive. This is key to understanding her story. She underwent some pain in the service of her desires, too. There's no shame here; in fact, she is refreshingly accepting. She is calmly reflective regarding "dirty words," asserting that their use during anonymous sex serves " to fuse us all together and to accelerate the annihilation of the senses that we are all trying to achieve in those moments."
There emotion in her story, but it is screened at times, and it is unsoftened by love or romance, and free of guilt.
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Please do not think this is solely a sex book. It is a serious story from a woman who gives thought about her sexual expression. You may not appreciate the thought, but I guarantee you will come away with a different opinion about sexual expression. Her artistic sensitivity aside, the thought pattern which allows (pushes ... forces ... obligates) her actions is fascinating in and of itself. If you wish to understand a little of your own personal libidinous motivations, well then, this book may be an excellent place to begin. However it will require you to ponder and ask and answer deep personal questions. Self knowledge is important and enjoyable.
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By M0nica TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 25 2012
Format: Paperback
Blech. I hardly tolerated this and honestly never finished reading for fear of contracting something that requires medication.
I think Fifty Shades of Grey has burned me from reading this type of book.

Or perhaps I honestly don't care about someone else's sexual exploits and I can't really figure out why anyone else would be either. Now that's not to say I preach waiting until marriage or anything of the sort - I just felt like the book was bragging instead of explaining, although maybe there was further explanation after the first thirty pages about who decided this would make a reasonable story. Feel free to explore your sexuality, but please remit yourself to censoring it to you and your closest friends - or maybe a bar on a Saturday night.

However, I give this book one star to Catherine being a brave lady. I feel compelled now to write a story about my adventures and see if it makes millions. If it doesn't, maybe I can just become the editor of something fancy too and pretend nobody knows where (see: everyone) my lady bits have been (around).
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By Thomas M. Sullivan on June 30 2003
Format: Hardcover
I like a good work of erotica as much as the next red-blooded American boy, and, believe me, this ain't one of them. One is tempted to compare this piece of tripe with classics such as "My Life and Loves" by Frank Harris or "Fanny Hill" by John Cleland, but there is no basis to do so: those long-desceased gentlemen knew how to write with grace and style, to say nothing of a fair smattering of wit. Ms. "M" simply knows various names for body parts and how to describe, and not very well, the ways in which they may be conjoined and juxtaposed. That's it, folks. No context, no personality, and in the long run, no interest whatever. Anyone who (presumably) spends this much time putting pen to paper deserves one star, if only for effort. Save your money; I wish I had.
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Format: Hardcover
This is one of those books that you either love or hate. I love it, probably because I see myself in some of her descriptions. But not because of this, I suggest to all the female readers to read it, just to get a rough idea of their sexual life compering it to Cathrine Mellet's. And a little bit about the autor: I definately look up to her, not because of her, as some may say, promiscuous sex life; but because she found that strenght in her to write this revealing and very personal book. For many women this type of hings may be hard to write even in thier diaries, however to share it the world...a great courage is needed to do that.
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