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4.0 out of 5 stars Literary Name Dropping & Sex, sex, sex!
This is basically erotica, but with a beat generation edge. If you want to peer into a sexual encounter with Jack Kerouac or Allen Ginsberg this is for you, but you'd probably be better off reading Off the Road by Carolyn Cassidy. What I loved about this book was the theme of emerging femanism and sexual freedom. DiPrima did a great job giving a sex book a plot and a...
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1.0 out of 5 stars It was so boring. How could an interesting poet like her think ...
Really disappointing. I was interested the life of Diane Di Prima --not her sex life. It was so boring. How could an interesting poet like her think being sexually free and telling about her multiple sexual affairs make her a beatnik or that it would be interesting. She doesn't even tell us much about the times or meeting Ginsberg and Kerouac except having sex altogether...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Literary Name Dropping & Sex, sex, sex!, 29 Jan. 1998
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This review is from: Memoirs of a Beatnik (Paperback)
This is basically erotica, but with a beat generation edge. If you want to peer into a sexual encounter with Jack Kerouac or Allen Ginsberg this is for you, but you'd probably be better off reading Off the Road by Carolyn Cassidy. What I loved about this book was the theme of emerging femanism and sexual freedom. DiPrima did a great job giving a sex book a plot and a literary feel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another beat viewpoint, 6 Jan. 2009
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It's not a perfect book. The sex scenes are way overdone, to the point of being boring sometimes (there is an explanation for this in the epilogue). It isn't stylistically inventive in the manner of some of the beat prose. But what it does give us is another perspective on beat living - mythologised a bit, but then most of the beats were into that - and it makes you realise the degree to which someone like Kerouac failed to describe his sexual relationships in a meaningful way. Women seemed to be accessories to his lifestyle. To (the fictionalised) Diane di Prima sexual relationships were an important part of her exploration of the world. The honesty about this outweighs the lack of stylistic flair and makes for an engaging read.

There's a funny scene at the end where Kerouac is trying to have sex with the narrator in some silly yogic position but is too drunk and stoned to do it. I don't know if it's true but I like to think it is.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It was so boring. How could an interesting poet like her think ..., 15 Dec. 2014
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Really disappointing. I was interested the life of Diane Di Prima --not her sex life. It was so boring. How could an interesting poet like her think being sexually free and telling about her multiple sexual affairs make her a beatnik or that it would be interesting. She doesn't even tell us much about the times or meeting Ginsberg and Kerouac except having sex altogether with them--so boring I couldn't believe it. I don't object to pornography but it's not even good pornography. Though it is seldom mentioned the beatnik generation made an impact on the structure of modern American society and the present day owes a debt to the early beatniks. Beatniks were not just laid-back, poetry reading, bearded men, dressed in black, they were often highly educated and their artistic rebellion calculated. Both Kerouac and Ginsberg altered the way young people thought and after the publication of Kerouac’s book On the Road and Ginsberg’s Howl, the notion of what was acceptable in literature was broadened, experimentation became acceptable and modern poetry underwent a relaxation of structure and style, allowing writers to express themselves in freer mode. Diane Di Prima was part of that and that is what is interesting about her and why her memoir would be interesting not this awful book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Should have been called The Pornographic Memoirs of a Beatnik, 5 Aug. 2013
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S. Shamma "Suad" (Abu Dhabi, UAE) - See all my reviews
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I am going to make this short and sweet. I absolutely hated this book. I am far from being a prude, but the content of this book was neither worth my time nor money and I was majorly disappointed that it could even be called a memoir - of a beatnik no less. How interesting, I thought. The feminist in me thought how interesting it would be to read about beatniks from a woman's perspective. Diane Di Prima is not someone I ever want to read or know anything about.

Here's how one reviewer put it best:

"Porn, porn, porn. Let's see: chapter 1, sex with Ivan. Chapter 2, recollection of the first time she had sex with Ivan. Chapter 3, sex with Robin (a man in love with Ivan). Chapter 4, Sex with Tomi (a female friend). Chapter 5, Tomi has sex with Tomi's brother (incest). Chapter 6, Sex with 4 other women. Chapter 7, sex with Tomi's father Serge. Chapter 8, sex with young Jack and some guy with big ears while runaway girl watches. And so it goes, through all the chapters. So, if you're looking for a "spank" book, then check it out. If you're looking for a book about the beats from a woman's perspective (as it is boldly proclaimed on the front cover), look somewhere else."

The most uninteresting, disgusting life ever. And the ending was the most anticlimactic I've read. How do you think a memoir focused on a woman having nothing but sex for 14 chapters end?

Why, she gets knocked up of course.
Give me a break.
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1.0 out of 5 stars only sex, 9 Jun. 2014
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This book is only about sex from the begining to the end. There is nothing else to say about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow, 28 Nov. 2013
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always been interested in the beatnik movement but didn't realise this was such a horny read....from the woman's perspective and loads better than the 'Grey' trilogy
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