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The 52 Seductions Paperback – 19 Jan 2012
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'Funny, absorbing and warm... the reader is seduced by the mix of good humour, Britishness and most of all, love' (The Spectator Night & Day)
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it was a pleasant but not memorable book for me at least.
The book is the story of a couple that have been together for many years and have become very comfortable with each other, or to put it another way, they've gotten into a rut. The couple in the book are in their 30s and have no children, but I really feel that any couple in a longterm relationship will relate to this story.
The story is about 52 seductions; some of these are funny, experimental, extravagant, and simple. All of them are real, real enough that I would believe most people in relationships have thought or fantasised about these seductions too. Although the story is about 52 seductions, it is not what the book is about. The book is about this couple and in a very real way how they slowly find their younger, open and loving selves.
As I said at the start of this review I got this for my wife to read, but it is not a book only for women. It is written by a woman and therefore it is all from the woman's perspective and this makes it great for men to read too. It helps to explain the insecurities woman can feel and also it dispels the myth some men may have that woman aren't the sexually experimental ones in the relationship.
This was funny, warm, sexy, and a pretty good read.
The thing that stops this book being some kind of voyeuristic wet dream is the frankness with which Betty details their experiments. She allows the humour of the situations to come through, as well as the disasters and the successes. What is most interesting to me is Betty's exploration of her mind set and how her emotions and thought processes have a massive part to play in the way she feels physically and how she relates to her husband, and to the seductions themselves. I loved the fact that it dealt with the seductions amongst the paraphernalia of every day life. It is not all corsets and sex toys. It deals with what happens when you have a blazing row on the night you are supposed to be making passionate love to each other, what happens when you have a cold, have your period, or just don't want to participate.
She also acknowledges how dangerous this experiment was. It was her idea to do this project, and her husband agreed, but what if they started out on the same page and ended up in two different places at the end?
A fascinating, funny, complex read.
I found the writing style very easy to read - it's almost like talking to your best friend. The book is divided up into fairly short chapters - generally one per seduction - which made it ideal for me to dip into in five minute sessions here and there, and reading it was nearly always guaranteed to make me smile and act as a pick me up! The book is quite frank, quite funny and I imagine that most people in a long term relationship will be able to relate to elements of it. Some of the situations that they get themselves into during the seductions are downright ridiculous...but still totally believable and often very humourous. The one thing that irritated me slightly within the story was Betty's musings over her gynaecological problems. I know that we can all overthink things when they're happening to us, but she seemed to take this to quite an impressive level and I didn't think that it really added anything much to the book as a whole.
Overall, though, it was a pleasure to follow Betty and Herbert's journey through the seductions and their rediscovery of each other. Ideal if you want a little lighthearted relief - I think you'd be hard pressed not to enjoy this!
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