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The Search for the Perfect Whore: A Romp Through the Dominican Republic Paperback – Mar 1 2006


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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (March 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595363482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595363483
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,605,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Autobiographical Account Of An Expat's Life In the DR July 4 2007
By Chris Luallen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Perhaps the previous "offended" reviewer should actually read the book before offering her comments. At least then she might be able to criticize something besides the title. The truth is that this book is not only about prostitution. Rather it is Archer's autobiographical account of his experiences in the Dominican Republic. The sex scenes are brief and not very explicit. So if you are looking for a book to get turned on by this is probably not a good choice.

Raymond is part of a group of expats who hang around bars and restaurants in Puerto Plata and Sosua. They spend much of their time griping about eveything that is wrong in the world. He is a college philosophy professor and is constantly making references to historical figures such as Socrates, Rosseau and Wittgenstein. Raymond's own ideas tend to be very libertarian in that they favor individual freedom over group equality. This seems to be a major part of his desire to live in the DR, because he can do pretty much whatever he wants to as long as he has the money to pay for it.

Previous reviewers seem to be upset that this book associates prostitutes with the DR. But the truth is that prostitution is very widespread in the Dominican Republic. This is due to a wide variety of factors, including the extreme poverty and the high number of single mothers. For these women prostitution is the best available economic opportunity and so, of course, they are going to take advantage of it. I respect these women and feel they should not be looked down on by anyone.

Of course, it's more easy to criticize the men. But the reality is that the DR is also full of foreign women seeking out handsome, young Dominican guys. The vacation resort I stayed at was full of them, including a German woman, that must have been between 75-80, with a guy in his 20's. The difference is that these Dominican men, known as "sankies", not only have sex with the women but also go out to eat with them, go shopping and generally pretend to be in a romantic relationship. But, of course, it is always the women who pay for everything as well as sometimes buying expensive gifts. Even after the women go back home they still often send money to their "boyfriends" who claim to be facing various family emergencies. These guys often bank a tidy sum of cash before their foreign "girlfriends" wise up. In contrast, the female prostitutes usually provide a more straightforward sex for money exchange with their male clients. But some DR women use the money transfer hustle on foreign men as well. The point is that in the Dominican Republic it is often hard to tell who is exploiting who.

I don't agree with everything that Archer has to say and this book is certainly no literary masterpiece. But it is an interesting read about one aspect of life in this diverse and fascinating country. Those curious about life in the DR might want to check it out.
Sorry Raymond Aug. 9 2013
By glenn canavan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book just never gets out of first gear. Wish I had a dollar (US) for every time I read "That's true!"
3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Super bad! Feb. 16 2009
By Wilkin Ruiz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is so bad that i stopped reading it after the first 50 pages, I have been several time in DR and this is totally no what I see when i go over there. This pervs seen to me like he is trying to call the attention.
Don't buy this!
11 of 24 people found the following review helpful
The Only Women Raymond Archer Can Force to Sleep With Him May 13 2007
By Blackstone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is RIDICULOUS!

and should be titled "The Search for Raymond Archer's Non-existent Sex Drive"

For those of you who may dismiss the comments in this section by saying "This book is about The Dominican Republic, it has nothing to do with me", please remember that all "travel guides" and Raymond Archer will eventually hit YOUR country.

This book is disgusting, demeaning, and hurtful. I have half a mind to

organize a protest -- it may yet come to pass.

In any case, I am not so much shocked (I knew it was a matter of time) as I am horrified that it actually came to fruition. The first step is to get our own men to stop propagating this type of thing since many invite their foreign friends to visit The D.R. and other Latin American countries offering this very type of entertainment as an incentive/selling point -- a situation (prostitution) which is a by-product of how our countries have been treated historically -- the collateral damage of imperialism in microcosm, if you will. But, as someone famous (Eleanor Roosevelt comes to mind) said: "No one can insult you without your permission."

Another step is to write letters, poems, screenplays, and literature that condemns this behavior for what it is, basically, men with certain "shortcomings" projecting their insecurities. So instead of creating a furor over J-Lo's assets, how about her ability to act as in "Money Train"? Instead of movies like "Chasing Papi," how about movies like "Frida" that at least attempt to showcase the talents of real Latino greats, even, gasp, Latina women?

A third step is for women of all cultures and nationalities to stop using the language of men to regulate each other for the sake of and approval of men. Interestingly enough, we women, as a practice are the first to call each other, for example, whores while men plan their vacations to treat us accordingly.

First Columbus...now this...how many times do they plan to rape us?

And how many times, do we plan to lay back and take it?

Raymond Archer better hope he does not run into another custom perhaps erroneously ascribed to Dominican people -- a machete.

College Professor and PROUD DOMINICAN WOMAN
8 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Biggest piece of BS written on a book July 21 2007
By Fernando Baez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First of all I'm a proud domincan citizen, only bt the title of the book anybody with 1 inch brain, a little more than a dinosaur, can see by the title the big pice of BS this person is writing about Dominican Women.
It's a plasphemy and a sacrilege to place our Mother patron the Virgin Mary in this piece of Sh....
Shame for the editor that prints this, and more shamefull for those who buy it.
SO many beautiful things to see in this paradise of a country and this is what this abnornal writes about!!

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