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Erotic? I don't think so.
on 24 February 2009
The strapline at the top of the cover of this book reads "An erotic bestseller". I cannot find an iota of eros in the book.
Never mind - what is it like as a read?
It may be that it suffered from the translation process because there was scarcely a sentence in the first 40 pages that did not contain a word that did not fit the context. Some of the jarring malapropisms consisted of contradictions with previous statements, so they were not all accidental, but perhaps in the original language they create some picture of the character of the protagonist.
So you have to be determined to read beyond the first section of the book.
And then the authoress describes the most obviously dysfunctional 'relationship' I have ever read; entered into with the protagonist's insight flagged up in advance. This is the event that propels her into her experiences in a brothel.
If you are still with it, the book then becomes a better read (in the last quarter). There is still no eros, but descriptions of personalities which are quite coherent and writing that at least makes sense.
I have not finished the book but am now engaged enough to want to know how the story resolves.