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The Butcher Hardcover – 11 Nov 1991


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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Publishing Ltd; First English Edition edition (11 Nov 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413655903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413655905
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,348,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fleshy, beautiful and obscene" (Evening Standard) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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'Fleshy, beautiful and obscene' Evening Standard The explosive international bestseller of sex, flesh and naked desire --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Feb 2001
Format: Paperback
wonderfully translated into english from the original french, this short novel is about a young woman who is both attracted to and repelled by the overweight highly sexed butcher she works for. The graphic descriptions of the cuttng of the meat are matched by Ree's incredible literary skills in describing the young womans first sexual encounter with this man. It is an odd combination of ideas but works wonderfully, the imagery and use of language is phenomenal. Once read never forgotten.( this is not a sadistic work in spite of its setting)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Jan 2011
Format: Paperback
Small perfectly formed and cloven into two halves. This novella deals with the raw smells of flesh as the butcher cleaves his meat whilst whispering salacious comments to the young girl who assists him with chopping the carcass. Meanwhile he enters the butcherwoman strung up like meat, hanging in the freezer in moments of turpitude.

The heroine becomes torn between her art world lover and the deep sexualised world of the hoary old butcher. Surrounded by dead animals and pieces of flesh the world teems between life and death. The overweight butcher plays the pipes of pan to the young womans frenzied imagination as his thoughts and images penetrate her imagination before the final act of entrance is enacted. Anais Nin updated for those who want to travel the coure

The second half of the back deals with nature and sex. The raw smell of the earth, the banging within car doors and humiliation as a form of sexual ecstacy. More imagination than reality, another rompt with the ghost of Anais.

Both halves are a woman strumming a tune to men and making it chime and harks back to Little Birds. This has a greater poetic force which either turns on or off according to the need for the final release. Those who wish to bound ahead to get to the crux will be disappointed as it is the journey along the way that counts not the final release.

Look at the cover for details of what lies inside.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on 17 Nov 2009
Format: Paperback
The Butcher, or Le Boucher, was originally written for an erotic story competition. It won, and was later translated into many languages. It is a novella, or even, a novellette, since it is probably around 13,000 words long. In spite of its brevity, it is a fantastic read, but be warned, this is a literary work, and not genre porn. If you are simply after a turn on, you will be disappointed. The language is very poetic, and the author on one page drops punctuation in order to create a sense of breathlessness. The story revolves around a young girl/woman who has fallen for a boy, lost her virginity to him, only to realise she was a passing whim. He hardly knew she existed except as the younger sister of his friend. An art student, she works over the summer in a butcher's shop. There she meets the butcher of the title, a large overweight man who whispers naughty things to her behind the counter. In the summer heat, and amid the raw flesh of the meat, she is drawn into his fantasies, and begins to slough off her love for Daniel. The poetic prose of this book has been faithfully translated from the original French, and bears a great resemblance to the English translation style of Marguerite Duras' classic short autobiographical novel, The Lover or L'Amant. So if you like Duras' The Lover, you might also like The Butcher, and vice versa.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tiger Pilot on 27 Dec 2007
Format: Paperback
This was a disappointment. I was expecting an outstanding erotic work. Instead I found it pretentious, wordy and altogether too poetic. Beyond that it crossed into what I imagine was a chemically induced fantasy world. It may impress the academic but would leave most people cold. I felt her mental anguish but none of her pleasure which was undefined and illusory. I would never buy anything else penned by this person whether or not in the same genre. Compared to The Sexual Life of Catherine M which is massively sexual, if not particularly erotic, this little book pales into not merely insignificance, but non-event. Dont bother, you will be bored. Try a tin of cocoa,if you need to sleep. That works and its cheaper!
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