Not only is there a whole lot of built-up sexual tension throughout the entire novel, the narrator has such a love affair with the English language that it’s downright sexy.
I love that this novel operates on so many different levels: there’s the horrors of the Holocaust and the Auschwitz labour camp, and it’s tied back to the embarrassment of slavery in what is recent American history, and there’s also the violence and passion of Sophie and Nathan’s relationship.
I was particularly drawn to Stingo’s struggle as a writer, and how the book is really a bildungsroman in that Stingo matures not only in the literary sense (that is, into a true writer), but also – gratefully – sexually.
Simply a classic. I’ve finally decided to get to work on Anne Rice because I randomly read Memnoch the Devil one time when I was a kid (really far too young to be reading Rice) and felt like I needed to finish out her books.
I really love the sensuality of Rice’s vampires – it isn’t necessarily sexual but it’s erotic and consuming and so desirous. Anyway I really love the frame story of the boy interviewing the vampire Louis after the series of events with Lestat and Claudia and Armand.
I feel like I need to go back to the Team Lestat vs. Team Armand (sorry Stephenie Meyer, this is so much bigger than you are!) and I have to say I’m Team Armand. I mean I appreciate Lestat’s brokenness and desperation but he’s pretty batshit (no pun intended) crazy.
I have to put the Vampire Chronicles on hold for a while because I started reading Stieg Larsson’s books and I need to finish them!
How come I never read this before?! John Irving is absolutely brilliant. The book was depressing and hopeful, amusing and disastrous. It starts out with Jenny Fields, a nurse who intentionally impregnates herself by raping a terminal patient. She names the boy Garp, and Jenny raises him on her own.
As Garp grows up, he encounters death and sexuality and everything that all adolescents suffer through, except his life is full of drama and insanity and chaos. I swear, there was not a moment where I felt like “Yawn, I could see that coming.” I definitely enjoyed reading it and was genuinely surprised and anxious as the events unfolded. Wonderfully written.
I’ve been reading a lot of good contemporary novels, and I am so glad! I’ve been on a sort of classics spree so it’s nice to read something current and enjoyable every once in a while.
This book is a very well-researched historical account of Alexander’s “boy” (that is, his, ahem, young male consort, and that’s Alexander as in “the Great”). I could see how this could turn off a lot of people, even people who aren’t necessarily homophobic. It’s a lot to stomach if you think too much about the subject matter. But it’s not about that, really. It’s more about love and loyalty and passion. It’s beautiful to see Alexander’s passion and strength and also his weaknesses. The boy is really admirable; I feel like Renault really delved not only into the historical facts but the culture and the mindset of Persia and Macedon.
It’s really well written and a wonderful story.
So get this – really old erotic fiction! How exciting!
John Cleland wrote this in 1748… Wait, let me make sure you read that right, 1748! and as you can guess it has turned out to be the one the most banned books of all time. Take that, Bible! (Although no matter how banned/censored this book was, the Bible still probably has it beat. No pun intended.)
Fanny Hill follows this young English woman who falls into a life of sin and ends up experiencing sex in just about every single situation possible. Nice to know that erotic fiction hasn’t really changed over the last 300 years.