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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Villard; Anv edition (Dec 26 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375505121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375505126
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,233,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Paperback
Vaginas are not often talked about, which is quite sad, given the high in vaginoplasty surgeries. Women in the book (play) explain how they were warned to leave their "down there" alone, how going through group classes helped them enjoy their bodies. Of course, periods and rapes are also discussed.

There is no conclusion. Kind of leaves you wondering why did I read this in the first place -- and exactly what kind of questions did I want Eve to answer?!?

If you are researching more on the topic of vaginas, I recommend "The Perfect Vagina" documentary from the BBC.
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By Michelle Brew on Jan. 26 2010
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I have both read and seen The Vagina Monologues in person. I have to say that reading it was so much more powerful. Personalities in the productions can overpower or dilute the message at times.
This book made me smile, cry, shake my head in disgust, laugh out loud...all the emotions of the rainbow peeked their heads out at different times while reading different stories.
Highly recomended.. I already have a waiting list of borrowers for my copy.
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This is a cry from women to find their spiritual, sexual, and beautiful power that is within them. There are stories that will make you laugh, stories that will make you think, stories that will make you open your eyes to the world. I have not had the privelige of seeing the performance on stage, which I imagine is fabulous and moving, but the book is good. I recommend it to women because it speaks of the taboo that women don't (or can't) want to talk about because they are afraid or embarrassed. It is witty and emotional. V-Day is a great idea. It promotes stopping violence against women. I recommend this book to women!
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By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on June 13 2004
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Words and thoughts once taboo are now mainstream due in large part to "The Vagina Monologues," a funny, moving exploration of women's thoughts, dreams, hopes and fears by the dynamic Eve Ensler. Released to coincide with February's V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, the audio version brings Ensler's words to wise and witty life once more.
Of course, no one is better suited to read these words than the author herself. Winner of the Obie Award for this play, Ensler is also the author of other plays including Lemonade, The Depot, and Necessary Targets, which has had benefit performances on Broadway, at the National Theatre in Sarajevo, and at the Kennedy Center.
Hailed throughout the world Ensler's uninhibited masterpiece has become a rallying cry for women.
Listen, laugh, and learn.
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By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on June 13 2004
Format: Audio CD
Words and thoughts once taboo are now mainstream due in large part to "The Vagina Monologues," a funny, moving exploration of women's thoughts, dreams, hopes and fears by the dynamic Eve Ensler. Released to coincide with February's V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls, the audio version brings Ensler's words to wise and witty life once more.
Of course, no one is better suited to read these words than the author herself. Winner of the Obie Award for this play, Ensler is also the author of other plays including Lemonade, The Depot, and Necessary Targets, which has had benefit performances on Broadway, at the National Theatre in Sarajevo, and at the Kennedy Center.
Hailed throughout the world Ensler's uninhibited masterpiece has become a rallying cry for women.
Listen, laugh, and learn.
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By Kerry A. Walsh on June 12 2004
Format: Paperback
Eve's courage and strength shine through the stores of women she interviewed about their bodies, their thoughts and their lives. Many people have told me that the book/play would do much better if it had a different title. THAT'S THE POINT!! No one talks about vaginas and sometimes very little attention is paid to the women attached to them. Eve devotes such care and precision to telling the stories of all kinds of women that everyone should be able to relate to something. It is true that many of the monologues are quite "edgy" and some might even call them offensive, but the fact of the matter is that they are all true and real. Such a work, one that allows women to be true to themselves, and real in their wishes, desires and longings is so rare that this one is to be savored and treasured.
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By A. Vegan on May 28 2004
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The Vagina Monologues explores female sexuality and strength through a series of stories that are at times funny, sad, graphic or horrifying. Some of the monologues echo ideas from radical-feminist writings of the 1970s and 1980s, these are not theoretical arguments, but rather are personal reflections. They are not against men, and indeed, the use of humor gives them warmth and makes the ideas in the monologues more convincing. Even those who are wary of the F-word (i.e., feminism) will be able to enjoy The Vagina Monlogues.
I do wish the audio version were longer, but it's still worth owning.
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By CMU on April 14 2004
Format: Paperback
Eve wanted to empower and release women and she has succeeded at her mission. Read this book. Think about the women she interviewed. Think about their stories, their lives. Try to NOT be moved by their words.
I was in a performance of The Vagina Monologues. I had a minor role, but was empowered by the experience. Anytime I pick this book up, I remember the three performances I was in and it brings a smile to my face.
Other reviewers complained that the book isn't the same as the performance. Yes, that's right. What you read and interpret is different than what you see and have interpreted for you.
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