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Helen and Desire ("Rebel Inc." Classics) Paperback – 7 Sep 1999

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rebel inc.; New edition edition (7 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862418984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862418984
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,608,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I picked up Helen and Desire after being impressed with Trocchi's "Cain's Book" and "Young Adam". Trocchi is a writer with an unique unmistakable skill that is recognisable within every sentance that he creates.

It is a tragic shame how overlooked Trocchi's work has become over the years. It was, I think, due to this lack of commercial succcess that led the author to write this erotic novel, for the now infamous Parisian Olympia Press, that turns out mostly adult books. Trocchi would not have choosen to write an erotic novel had his serious litreture been rewarded with the reception it deserved. He wrote this book for money, and he wrote this book within a matter of weeks.

The author did, however, approach the task of writing this erotic novel with the same proffesional approach that he endorsed with all his work.

I am not a fan of erotic books. I have not read any erotic books apart form this one. Honest.

The author writes in the first person. The first person is an Australian girl who travels across the globe in pursuit of sexual encounters with men that she encounters across her travels. The book is set out as a diary. It is interesting how Trocchi can picture Australia, the Far East and India without (to my knowledge) having ever been there.

This is an acomplished novel by an overlooked master of the word. It is worth reading this novel as an example of a true writer turning his hand to a new genre.
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By A Customer on 20 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
i'm sorry, i have to add this review if only to restore the balance. the previous reviewer is sadly unaware that this is a classic piece of existential eroticism, not to everyone's taste, but undeniably comprable to kerouac, camus, brautigan, in fact any 'beat' writer you can name. if you're serious about reading and you're proud of the range of prose in your library then 'helen and desire' is your essential next purchase. enjoy!
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Read the book and instantly forgot about it. Not a book I would recomend to anyone, but each to their own views.
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I began to find this book rather far fetched and unlikely. Almost every single male (and in some instances, female) that the main charater, Helen, meets, she ends up having sex with... the manner in which these sexual acts are described is really rather unrealistic, to say the least. I kept finding myself questioning the likelihood of such a character and the events she partakes in, meaning the book did not engage my attention enough and draw me into the story.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x93111048) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0x9313981c) out of 5 stars Trocchi's Most Famous Work 10 Dec. 2001
By Evan Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Written by Trocchi in 1 week, the story of Helen Seferis. A woman who enjoys sensual pleasures to their fullest (...)She enjoys being their pleasure toy. Begins with her running away from home in Australia and ending up going all over the world as a prostitute, a slave, etc.
Probably Trocchi's most famous erotic work. One of the founding books of Olympia Press. Well written and erotic, even for a novel written for sex's sake.
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HASH(0x937cc57c) out of 5 stars Cultural rich erotica 23 May 2003
By Ryan Yeung - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The plot is extremely rich, and the skill of the author is very high in Helen and Desire. But do becareful not to get the Book of the Month Club edition of this book, as it was heavily censored and missed many passages compared to the other editions.
HASH(0x9394d63c) out of 5 stars Classic 1950s erotic novel 9 Feb. 2014
By F. Orion Pozo - Published on Amazon.com
While living in Paris in the 1950s Alexander Trocchi was commissioned by Maurice Girodias, publisher of Olympia Press, to write "dirty books." Trocchi wrote Helen and Desire in one week in December 1953 and it was published under the pen name Frances Lengel. The book is the diary of Helen, daughter of a fishing boat captain in a rural village in Northwest Australia, who plans to use her natural enjoyment of sex to have adventures and travel the world. Determined to flout convention and chronicle her life, Helen writes of her loss of innocence on the eve of her 18th birthday, her use of men and their use of her, and her travels to Sydney, Singapore, India, France, and finally the deserts of North Africa. It is here that two officers of the French Foreign Legion who find Helen's journal make it public.
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HASH(0x93139bc4) out of 5 stars She humps a log in the first chapter 20 Aug. 2004
By Abe Lincoln - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Yep, you read it correctly. Patti Smith was alluding to this book in her poem "babelogue: "each bolt of wood, like the log of Helen, was my pleasure."
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