It certainly seems to me that some of the best erotic literature was written in Victorian times when, absent TV's, DVD's and pay per view porn and erotica, most people had to find thewir erotic enjoyment with friends, family, neighbours, and, most importantantly in their own minds.
This wonderful book of four full erotic novels certainly brings that point home.
In 'The Instruments of Passion' a young man decides to join a very much monastery with only seven members that practiced some, what would appear to be strange, rituals of bondage and the whipping of a very young girl, also a resident, named Daisy. The young writer is astonished by her beauty and her willingness to submit to the torture and pain of the monks daily ritual. Everything seems so normal, so traditional and so important in their search for inner peace that our innocent observer very quickly accepts all .... That is until a certain day when there is a 'graduation' of sorts and our young innocent's world and his unrequited love for Daisy comes to a crashing end ....
In 'The Misfortunes of Mary' we find another very much Victorian novel where a mature Colonel Barrington agrees to a secretarial contract with a very and beautifull young girl, Mary. Although all appears normal, our young secretary, now contractually bound, finds that she is in an impossible postion and the jaded colonel immediately starts to play mind games demanding her total submission to those yummie yummie whims.
The author takes the reader along a meandering erotica path making all seem rather 'normal' and of course understandable .... A great book for those that appreciate Victorian erotica..
In 'White Stains', the third novel by Naais Nin we are treated to four very short mini stories that are the hallmark of a very eclectic author whose works many people have grown to love.
Finally, in 'Innocence' by Harrier Daimler a young and very sickly Adrian is confined to bed on the very edge of death when finally his mother and father decide to hire a nurse to care for their son in his last days. Again, in this contemporary erotica, all is not what it seems. While the world around him sees Adrian as a poor sickly boy, the reader is treated to the real secret life of Adrian where he is able to use his weakness and intelligence to get 'everthing' he wants from the nursemaid, Rose, while pretty well controlling everyone else around him ....
A great mind bending and deliciously naughty work by this author .... I loved it!