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4.0 out of 5 stars THE NAME OF LOVE, 8 Dec 2008
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This review is from: Teleny or The Reverse of the Medal (Paperback)
Published in 1893, TELENY is a mysterious and fascinating work. Its origin is extremely uncertain, but the attribution to Oscar Wilde, among others, is totally pertinent. Much of the style and the magical undercurrent of the story can be easily connected to the author of THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, and if DORIAN was the first - albeit coded - homosexual novel of the modern age, TELENY is its explicit counterpart.

It is also a rich, multi-layered opus: a love story, an erotic novel and a social commentary. What connects all these aspects is its precious language, soaked in aestheticism and in a wide range of artistic/literary quotations, from The Bible to Sterne via Shakespeare and Titian, to name but a few. This artistic approach works well when Teleny and De Grieux's love is described, but it reaches thrillingly lacquered results when dealing with sex. Of course it is all very graphic, this being an erotic work, yet because of its peculiar vision there are no four-letter words; they are deftly replaced by a blend of scientific terms and aesthetic images, taken from art and nature, that in any case do not detract from the intoxicating sensuality of what is being described.

The novel is set in France, yet its social critique is also aimed at Victorian society and its hypocrisy, just the one that would destroy Wilde's life and that here, in its French version, precipitates Teleny's tragic fate. Although ultimately sad (watch out for that final coup de théātre), this book is never maudlin; some parts are humorous, others sharply ironic or beautifully descriptive (Teleny's "ice" room, Briancourt's house), thus creating a well balanced whole that makes it a very interesting discovery. This edition is embellished by eight linocuts by Uday K. Dhar, that effectively interpret the darkest, magnetic core of this passionate love story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Teleny, 20 Jun 2014
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This book I never heard of. It is qbscene, but in spite of all interesting to read. I would just recommend it to those with nerves of steel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, 18 Dec 2013
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I read this book because of a friends recommendation, and it is excellent!Lots of sex but so beautifully poetic, as you would expect from the great Mr Wilde! I can not say enough positive adjectives about this book, and don't let the bit in brackets put you off!
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