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on 12 August 2013
I expected the book to be larger than it actually is, it's only postcard size, 4"x6" but it has an old fashioned feel to the paper and print, so I suppose it's trying to look authentic. Having said that, it's a very good read and won't take up any room in a bag!
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on 30 September 2000
Fanny Hill is one of the most pornographic pieces of writing I have ever read! But, its fabulously "colourfull" descriptions of the most intimate of actions makes it quite an enjoyable book. The whole book is just sex,sex,sex, but this is not as vulgar as one might initially think. The subject matter is dealt with in a sensitive and delicate manner, consentrating more on the pleasure for BOTH of the sexes, rather than the physical aspect. The book tells the story of a fictitious woman named Fanny Hill, who, from her lowly country background goes by accident rather than choice to London. Here, fate is not on her side and she is forced to work in a "brothel" where she makes an escape with one of her "clients". More misfortunes occur and she is forced then to become a kept mistress. Then after a close encounter with a errand boy, Fanny, turned out of her home, again turns to prostitution, this time in a more elegant establishment. The main bulk of the story is based here and details all that went on between the girls and the gentlemen that visited them.
Even though this book is very enjoyable, I can't help thinking that the ending was somewhat of a disappiontment. The fact that Fanny becomes rich and meets up, by pure chance, with her long lost beau seems to be too Fairy Tale like for such an intimate and gritty story.
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on 12 February 2014
Bawdy and fun set and wrote in another time but an enjoyable story of sexual adventure and the introduction to a very different life.
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on 21 November 2014
I haven't read it yet but it's a beautiful looking book, i love vintage style so the fact that it's worn added to the charm.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2010
excellent book and gives a brilliant insight into how a young girl can be drawn into prostitution but how she survives and comes a wealthy woman.Not pornography but erotic
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on 3 September 2014
Not always easy to understand the language of the period, but you get the drift I suppose.
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on 13 February 2015
a classic novel. good value and service
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2009
This book could be compared to the modern literary genre of female pornography because although it tells the tale of an 18th century prostitute, it is also a celebration of female sexuality and the enjoyment of sex from a female perspective. It is baudy and explicit so those of a tender disposition should keep away.

The story is told in the form of two letters written by Fanny to an unnamed recipient. The story is of Fanny's rise from poor country girl to rich country gentlewoman by way of her fortuitous meetings with people she meets while plying her trade. Perhaps this is why it has been banned over the years - the very idea that a woman of easy virtue could ever rise through the ranks would have been abhorent to the pillars of society. The Victorians of course refused to believe that women enjoyed sex and that they should "lie back and think of England." Whatever the rights or wrongs of the case, it is to the credit of those made of sterner stuff that the book survived to be enjoyed by latterday readers.
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on 28 July 2010
Medium-soft porn set in 18th Century England. If you want to be turned on sexually then better stuff is available on the internet. If you want to be turned on intellectually then better stuff is available in paperback. Whilst it is historically interesting to understand that soft porn of this kind was printed, published and read in mid 18th century London (and more so in Paris) it's hard to make any claims for it beyond that.

There is a neat and sweetly written sob story of a prostitute with a heart of gold finding, losing and finding again Charles her first and greatest lover. In between Fanny meets and screws a wide variety of social and sexual types all of which is described in sufficient detail to leave not much to the imagination. Clelland is better than average at writing bedroom scenes and shades off (to avoid censorship) the most graphic details in a way that heightens the sensuality of each set piece. Nonetheless, the fact that he is above the norm does not make him a classic writer and no one could seriously recommend this work for the quality of the prose alone. And so what is left is an interesting historical piece, and I was surprised to learn that such a book could have been circulated in mid 18th Century London.

Before the rise of the internet I can see that this would also have been a useful way of getting hold of some porn without your parents, say, being any the wiser but given that constraint no longer applies it's hard to see what use this book is to the ordinary reader.

It's an easy read and a bit of fun. It's just not literature.
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on 15 May 2015
18th century filth great
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