"Ms. Doniger seduces the reader with her casual erudition, tempering the dizzying accumulation of evidence with wry asides." -- New York Times
"The mix of ancient myths and contemporary stories is fiercely entertaining, [and Doniger's] commentaries are both lewd and learned." -- National Post
"[A] tour de force, tracing over three thousand years of storytelling about sexual relations." -- Women's Review of Books
"[A] triumph. . . . [The Bedtrick] provide[s] an astonishingly rich reading experience." -- Times Literary Supplement
"[F]ascinating. . . . The Bedtrick will offer up some pearls of comparative wisdom and maybe even a few really wild dreams." -- Chicago Tribune Books
From the Publisher
In a tour that runs from Shakespeare to Hollywood and from Abraham Lincoln to Casanova, the erudite and irrepressible Wendy Doniger shows us the variety, danger, and allure of the "bedtrick," or what it means to wake up with a stranger. The Bedtrick brings together hundreds of stories from all over the world, from the earliest recorded Hindu and Hebrew texts to the latest item in the Weekly World News, to show the hilariously convoluted sexual scrapes that people manage to get themselves into and out of. At the bottom of these wonderful stories, ancient myths, and historical anecdotes lie the dynamics of sex and gender, power and identity. Why can't people tell the difference in the dark? Can love always tell the difference between one lover and another? And what kind of truth does sex tell anyway? Funny, sexy, and engaging, The Bedtrick is a masterful work of energetic storytelling and dazzling scholarship.