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The Sadness of Sex [Paperback]

Barry Yourgrau


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Book Description

31 Dec 1995
From the man The New York Times Book  Review called "an uncommon  diagnostician of the curiosities of the human heart" and  hailed on NPR (National Public Radio) as "the  stand-up comedian of the unconscious" comes  this extraordinary new collction of metaphor-rich,  wildly imaginative short-short stories. Barry  Yourgrau, who performs his written work in clubs  across the country and on NPR, Comedy Central, MTVs  Spoken Word programs, and in an upcoming one-man  feature film, now explores the imagination's twilight  terrain in which love, lust, and loss reside in  this achingly beautiful and rich surreal tour de  force. An affair with a cannibal woman is filled with  devouring kisses. A flower sprouts from a woman's  flesh wherever a man kisses her, impeding their  lovemaking. An abandoned lover seeks repair of the  cuckoo clock that is his heart. Exploring the  archetypal he-and-she from the first glance to the  last tortured look, this exhilirating new collection  of flash-fiction--short-short stories thematically  connected--merges Freud with Fellini, Kafka with  Woody Allen. At once sad, alarming, and wickedly  brilliant, Barry Yourgrau is, in the uneasy land of  desire and heartbreak, the spokesman for our  secret self.

Product details

  • Paperback: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; First Printing edition (31 Dec 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385313764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385313766
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 680,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sadness of Sex: An intoxicating adventure 15 Feb 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When was the last time that you read a collection of short stories so
well written and colourful and that you could taste the words
thick in your mouth and you flinched at the imagery.

Seldom does one stumble across the work of a writer
that can demonstrate such a clear understanding and command of the
English language as Barry Yourgrau. In The Sadness of Sex,
Yourgrau cleverly exposes an upside-down and inside-out
non-reality to us by skillfully articulating those curiously
insane and fleeting thoughts that most of us would fear to
ever entertain. He writes in a contemporary style that is
nothing short of profoundly unique. Unique because his
words innocently catch you up in imaginary nets fashioned
from the fabric of insightful and disturbing comedic absurdities
and imagery.

The Sadness of Sex is a collection of short attention
span short stories, most between two and three pages long.
This book is a charming collection of fiction that tricks you
into simulaneously entertaining a poetic intimacy and a twisted
sense of melancholy. It is a quiet journey into a world of
colourful visions and lucid dreams that are a delightfully
engaging and startlingly surreal.

Yourgrau's The Sadness of Sex is not for everyone though.
He often entices the reader into follow him down cerebral avenues
where all his, and sometimes our, most peculiar psycho-sexual
images and ideas hide. This book is a tribute to the unchecked
thoughts, desires and innocent human emotions in all of us.

If Pablo Neruda and a not-so-crass Charles Bukowski got
together and wrote stories about Salvador Dali paintings while
they watched Monty Python re-runs, it might start to sound a
little like The Sadness of Sex.
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and Poetic 2 Oct 2013
By Francisca - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Really great collection of stories and vignettes. Dreamlike and surreal. I recommend it if you're looking for something strange yet alluring.
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchasing the Sadness Of Sex through Amazon.com 4 Dec 2012
By Sage - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The product was great, but I waited a really long time for it to arrive in my mail box... The quality was quite as good as I thought it would be, but it wasn't all that important to me as long as I could read it since the book itself is so amazing
5.0 out of 5 stars So good it inspired a shift in my own art 21 Jan 2011
By Oedipa Hex - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
My first copy of this book was bought at New York's Strand bookshop, and within four hours I had annotated and illustrated my copy so intensely that it became the best representation of my own interior world. The stories are so brief and so evocative, I couldn't resist filling the rest of each page's blank space with sprawling doodles and word constructions that took these ideas further. I loaned this copy to a friend, who I felt needed to see this treasure I had co-created. She left it on a bar. Gone! Yet somehow the stories within inspire me to believe some other lonely drinker found it and was encouraged on a similar quest of his own. This was microfiction before microfiction existed, and I haven't seen it done as well again since.
5.0 out of 5 stars I think about it all of the time 30 Dec 2009
By Melinda S. Roth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read this collection of stories several years ago after finding it in my college book store. It is so beautiful and crazy and the title always intrigues everyone that reads the red letters on the yellow spine.

Somehow the stories in this book have never left me. I think about them all of the time. Definitely Yourgrau's finest work.
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