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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More descriptive than erotic
Toni Bentley's discovery of the joys of anal sex is told in this book in a way that shows a couple of things. Firstly, that she has a dancer's approach to her body, regarding it as an instrument to be used as effectively as possible, in this case to achieve the best orgasms possible. Secondly, that she is totally unembarrased and matter-of-fact when describing sex acts...
Published on 2 Sep 2005

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3.0 out of 5 stars Specialist interest only
An odd book by a lady who keeps an unusual memento of her encounters. Does give insights into a less common sexual practice but erotic it is not.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More descriptive than erotic, 2 Sep 2005
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Toni Bentley's discovery of the joys of anal sex is told in this book in a way that shows a couple of things. Firstly, that she has a dancer's approach to her body, regarding it as an instrument to be used as effectively as possible, in this case to achieve the best orgasms possible. Secondly, that she is totally unembarrased and matter-of-fact when describing sex acts she has performed so far and the pleasure she got or gets out of them. And of course the practical advice on performing (or preparing for) anal sex comes in handy for those who would like to try it for themselves sometimes. And lastly, that ms. Bentley shows a tendency more often encountered in French female authors toward sublimation and putting her thoughts about her sexual feelings on an intellectual level; possibly thus wanting to make her book more "salonfaehig" for a mainstream readership.

But when sub-heading a book as "an erotic memoir" the idea should be to get the reader as emotionally involved and exited as you as the writer felt yourself when having all those wonderful erotic encounters. And this is where the book falls short in this reviewer's opinion. Graphically descriptive this book certainly is, as well as practical for the novice in the field. But "erotic"? I don't think that reading this book together with your partner will get you both terribly in the mood. On the other hand, it IS well-written and may teach you a thing or two.
For a book that is - if not really erotic - at least entertaining, it fully deserves it's 4 stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating insight., 4 Dec 2010
This review is from: The Surrender (Paperback)
This book is like no other I have read. It is Not erotic. But if truth is arousing to you, you will find it provocative.
The subject matter is really about trust. Trust in others and finally herself.
There are turns of phrase and and twinkling observations that are surprisingly powerful .
Ms Bentley writes this way because it matters to her.
Its brutal candour I found refreshing.
I was inspired to read her other books. None of them come close to the emotional fluency and presence of this one.
Its almost a shame its about anal sex because its such fun to read & I would like to lend it out more often !
Then again what else could be so scary/thrilling/joyous as said act:>

try it , you'll like it,

Arnold
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5.0 out of 5 stars naughty, 2 April 2014
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it's an erotic masterpiece but not for the faint hearted. feels to me like a fantasy rather than an actual diary.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Specialist interest only, 30 Aug 2014
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An odd book by a lady who keeps an unusual memento of her encounters. Does give insights into a less common sexual practice but erotic it is not.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone, 24 Jan 2007
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This erotic memoir is not going to be for everyone, but if you liked The Story of O or The Sexual Life of Catherine M it might appearl. Since the Bible, certain sexual practises have been forbidden. Apparently few women do it, and even fewer will admit to it - but when Ms Bentley meets a new lover who introduces her to new pleasures of the flesh she embarks on a journey of discovery. Darling, intimate and eloquent this may be - sexy it just isnt. Not really one to read out loud to your Mum, or indeed in public, and a few too many references to finding God for my liking.
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9 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Trash, 24 Mar 2006
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This is the worst book I have ever read.Slow, boring not at all sexy - just trash.
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