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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857206613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857206619
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Like many of the great works of erotica, the mood is one of playful, hedonistic innocence. One thing's for sure, you'll never think of Rimsky-Korsakov and Borodin the same way again ... Baker has caught a glimpse of the literary immortality that might be achieved by adding to a corpus of literature whose practitioners included Sappho, Swinburne, Cleland, Sacher-Masoch, Apollinaire and Bataille, all of whose work is still in demand, long after their deaths' --The Herald

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Nicholson Baker was born in 1957 and attended the Eastman School of Music and Haverford College. He is the author of several novels, including The Mezzanine, Vox and The Fermata, and House of Holes; and four works of non fiction, U and I, The Size of Thoughts, Double Fold (winner of the 2002 National Book Critics Circle Award), and Human Smoke. He lives in Maine.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By anon on 10 Mar. 2012
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I swallowed down the contents of this wonder in just 2 sittings, which is pretty quickly for me. It's been a long time since I've had the pleasure of owning such a compelling, exciting and engaging page-turner as this. Possibly the biggest reason I love this treasure chest of a book, is that you just NEVER know what is going to happen next! But the biggest reason that I love this book HAS to be the sense of complete and utter sexual liberation it contains. No holds barred here - anything goes. Not even human restraints can hold this kind of sexuality back. It is a relentless roar of adventure, vividness, and colour.

Human body parts can come off and be re-attached later, meanwhile the detached body parts engage in sexual adventures of their own with others!

I adore how it is possible for normal, ordinary human beings to enter the House of Holes through, er... "portals" (I feel it would be a terrible spoiler for me to tell you how these portals are formed!), and sucked into the House of Holes whereby they meet a woman named Lila, who guides them on their way. People can pay for their fantasies to materialise in the most bold and bizarre fashions.

This book is simply incredible. Read, and run away with it.

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This is the book I've been looking for all my adult life - finally a porno that doesn't make me cringe or giggle. It may not be the best book I've read, but it's certainly my favourite. I have now ordered a swanky nice hard back copy for my home and I'm keeping the paperback for dipping into, as a travel Bible, if you will.

Certainly more entertaining than a travel Bible.

I particularly enjoyed that Baker doesn't shy away from the stranger aspects of human sexuality. Still, it's not just a fun book. Many comment on its magic realism, but I also found it reminiscent of Canterbury Tales. There are references to the format and devices of traditional fairy tales.

Aside from Baker's lightness and his way with language, at the heart of these stories is usually a fable about the trade-ff between pleasure and whatever we are willing to give up for it. In real life, you might lose a friend or suffer heartbreak. In House of Holes, your bollocks will get lopped off and live in a jam jar before being reattached several weeks later. Puts perspective on things.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arty Fufkin on 18 May 2014
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Really enjoyed this book. I bought it for the porn factor, but read it and realised it is actually a really clever and interesting book. As an example of a novelist at the height of their abilities it really is excellent.
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By Davy P on 22 April 2015
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Just a bit too daft. It's not really a novel as such, but rather several interwoven very short chapters with sex as the only theme. It's an easy and quick read and there is some humour, but the book is just too weird and cartoon-like in its silliness. The author also likes to make up his own words to describe the sex and body parts which becomes increasingly annoying. At times I just had the feeling that I was intruding on some very bizarre and sometimes rather disturbing private fantasies. Not the worst book I've read, but the sex isn't very sexy and the funny bits aren't funny enough.
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By Helley on 31 May 2015
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Wouldn't bother
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