Daddy: An Erotic Memoir Paperback – Jul 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
In a shallow take on a profound subject, a middle-aged man describes his sexual encounters with his two adult daughters, having met themAfor the first time since they were small childrenAwhen they were 21 and 23. The younger daughter, a gorgeous, earthy actress, reminds him of her mother at the same age. The elder sister is the spitting image of her old man in his youth, a lonely intellectual and a virgin. He feels an instant sexual connection with each daughter; when he crudely seduces them, one after the other, he believes he is simply responding to their desires, as a humane father would. The affairs continue for a while, until the younger daughter leaves him for more appropriate boyfriends and he tires of the other, eventually forsaking her for a new (unrelated) young woman. He describes his sexual love slowly evolving into a paternal one (despite occasional reunions with the younger daughter). Schmidt, who the publisher claims is an award-winning screenwriter writing under a pseudonym, asserts that his sexual relationship with his daughters hasn't in any way harmed them and that, although he is dead to one of them (she has said kaddish for him), his presence in their lives has been beneficial. Because of his financial gifts, he contends, they are both happier and more successful. Though he occasionally asks himself whether these affairs should have begun (and continued), he never poses the question to his daughters. Never mind the utter moral turpitude of this chronicle: even readers in search of literary erotica are likely to be disappointed, as the sex scenes are clich?d, lacking the wit or daring of an Ana?s Nin or a Pauline R?age. (Oct.)
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Top Customer Reviews
The first type involves an adult taking advantage of a child below, often far below, the age of consent and
causing the child great pain and often emotional scarring for life because of the profound abuse of power.
This type of incest quite properly horrifies most people, and the more abusive the situation, the more
horrible it is. The second type of incest involves consenting sexual relations between closely related
adults. This type seems to me to be far more morally ambiguous, although it still seems to evoke feelings
of shock and revulsion among many people--but these feelings seem less rational to me than in cases of
sexual abuse of a child, and are perhaps based upon people's fears of confronting their own sexual attraction
to family members. Feelings of sexual attraction to family members are no doubt quite widespread--I am
told by a woman who works as a prostitute in a legalized Australian brothel that it is fairly common for
male family members to come in and pay for sexual intercourse with their mothers, sisters, or daughters--
though it isn't necessarily talked about a lot.
So this book had an interesting, and controversial, topic to work with and had the courage to take a
difficult point of view. It tells the story, from the father's point of view, of a father who is reunited
with his two adult daughters after being separated from them early in their lives. The father quickly
develops a mutually consentual sexual relationship with both daughters. The book doesn't particularly
moralize but rather presents this as being a perfectly normal activity--which, as noted earlier, it may
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This is 'an erotic memoir' written under a pseudonym .. DUUUUHHH ... Aficionados of erotic literature, especially the Victorain classics, would not even bat an eyebrow in reading this book since incest in Victorian times was not only practiced but actually quite common.
The author in this book tells us a story about reuniting with his two estranged daughters, now 21 and 24 after a 20 year separation. He is portrayed as a struggling writer in LA when his daughters, still living with the authors ex in northern California, send him a letter hoping to find him to set up a meeting.
Both girls in their own way seduce daddy and encourage a very sexual and of course incestous relationship. The story is written in a very gentle manner and I as the reader get the distinct impression that it may have been written by a woman. Since the apppreciation of eroticism is in the mind of the beholder this book certainly will appeal to women who may have had a crush on their fathers or on their father figure. Obviously, the three main characters know what they are doing and if there are any self recriminating thoughts of the consequences of their actions they are only described to add realism to the story.
The spice of eroticism must be the fusion of a good story and the reader getting to enjoy the taste of forbidden fruit. In this book the story is paramount and the sex and eroticism is definitely soft core and rates a five star recommendation in my book..... Enjoy
For what it's worth, I do think this is a memoir, rather than poorly-executed fiction, if only for the rather cynical reason that none of the three main characters changes very much. The elder daughter gains enough self-reliance to hold a job and keep an apartment, but the three of them finish with the intense egocentrism they begin with. As the joke goes, "Truth is stranger than fiction, because fiction has to make sense."
Most recent customer reviews
I loved this book. It gave me a different perspective. You get a little tired always hearing the politically correct views, which just about everyone has (except for the silent... Read morePublished on March 21 2002
"Daddy" is a fascinating and well crafted book. The Daughters are not children, they are adults. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2000
It's a good read...the man writes well...the subject is shocking, of course, but fascinating to all of us... let's face it... Read morePublished on June 29 2000
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