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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uninhibited, poetic and sensual
"Delta of Venus" remains a very special work of erotic fiction. There is a glut of erotica on the marketplace these days, much of which far more obviously sexy than "Delta of Venus" - but, more often than not, the reader ends up laughing at the creaky writing and over-the-top sex scenes.
Anais Nin's book is very different. Her prose is perfurmed, intoxicating,...
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3.0 out of 5 stars In at the deep end
By page 2 of this book you're well into steamy sex; no literary foreplay here other than a fascinating brief introduction about how the book came to be written for a "collector". I've not read 50 Shades of Grey and wonder what the fuss is about but I did manage the first 40 pages of a copy left lying around and frankly not a lot happened. You can't say that for Anais...
Published on 21 Nov 2012 by Dr. P. J. Nickson


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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Unsexy, 15 Jan 2012
A totally unsexy read. I fail to appreciate the excellent ratings this sexless book has garnered. Written by the renowned Nin, this should be an exquisite book of the past. Sadly, a Barbara Cartland novel would have been more sexual. There is certainly a sensual air to this book but the set pieces are not especially sexy and the overall atmosphere of the stories leaves one as flat as a pancake. I think Mills and Boon might be a better choice.
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Frankly boring, 11 April 2001
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Anais Nin may have pushed back some boundaries in her day, but in the 21st century her writing holds little of value. Reading through the stories in Delta of Venus, I was bored by the repetitiveness, and the undeveloping one-dimensionality of her storylines and characters; her language is powerful and descriptive, but dishonest. It made me sad to see that the stories' characters were so bound by the limitations of their sexuality. As a writer, she should have brought her characters more to life. The fact that these stories arose out of commissioned porn is apparent.
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously weird and not sexy, 3 Aug 2011
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I bought this book to read it with my boyfriend before we go to bed, and thought it would be quite sexy, but actually these short stories are so weird, and sometimes disturbing... One of them actually is homosexual and a young boy gets raped by 9 other boys and its suppose to be erotic! ?? Truly disturbing...
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46 of 111 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Perverse themes, 7 Sep 2001
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This book is extremely well written - and probably has considerable literary merit but when it is previewed as exploring sexual themes from the womans perspective I was suprised by the nature of the themes explored - the first few stories covered incest paedophilia and genital mutilation and the book is now in the dustbin. Do yourselves a favour and buy Bettinas tales instead.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding, 24 Feb 2012
I first read Delta of Venus at school in 2002, and since then I have been absolutely captivated by the erotic encounters in this work. Her language is very poetical, and the characters are very realistic and completely defined. I would wholeheartedly recommend this work.
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1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor, 17 Mar 2013
Didn't get far with this book! Bought it after 50 shades as it was recommended in a magazine, and its not a patch!!!
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2 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I learned a lot from this book., 6 Dec 2000
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This review is from: Delta of Venus (Paperback)
I first came across this book when I was 15 years old read it, loved it but did not undersand it. When I was 16 I got my first boyfriend and rembered and re-nacted alot of the book. I lost the book after that and at 20 I have just found the book again, I still think its a very good book. This book is a good gift for a girl over 16 years old. Its sort of eductional.
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5 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars why did i bother?, 20 Mar 2008
I absolutely loathed this piece of over-rated mindless claptrap.
I can't believe what the other reviewers have written. Wake up people!
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