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Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure by John Cleland (Unexpurgated Edition) (Halcyon Classics) by [Cleland, John]
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Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure by John Cleland (Unexpurgated Edition) (Halcyon Classics) Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 538 KB
  • Print Length: 185 pages
  • Publisher: Halcyon Press Ltd.; First edition (7 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042ANYY8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #189,737 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have to admit that I didn't actually finish this book. I really didn't want to waste any more of my precious reading time when I could have been stuck into something worthwhile.

It was boring - just sex sex sex with no particular storyline. The 'heroine' was very helpless, and I prefer strong heroines. I can't be doing with females who need rescuing.
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I read the Kindle edition of this book. A LOT of spelling mistakes!!! I quite enjoyed my read, although I'm a bit unclear how much the author actually understands about female anatomy or sexuality....or is it just me?
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I had read this before and downloaded it to my Kindle for fun . It is a good read if you like this sort of novel. Make your own mind up on it.
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I did not finish the book since it bored me stiff., quite well-written but it is not really to my taste at all.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x966cbda4) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
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HASH(0x95ced624) out of 5 stars Worth reading 9 Mar. 2013
By Brian Lenon - Published on Amazon.com
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Erotica from a female perspective without venturing into lurid porn. A good read. One can empathise with young Fanny, so innocent and yet a quick learner in the sex industry.
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HASH(0x95ced84c) out of 5 stars An erotic romp without any four letter words 9 April 2013
By Barbara M. Graf - Published on Amazon.com
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A classic pornographic tale of a lady of leisure. The author creates the scene and your imagination takes it from there. Well written and salacious reading
HASH(0x95cedab0) out of 5 stars "(T)here (is) no dress like an undress." 17 Aug. 2013
By R. Russell Bittner - Published on Amazon.com
This pithy bit of wit (on p. 110 of the 2001 Modern Library paperback edition, which I just read) is about as close to a maxim as John Cleland -- in the mouth (or at least the thoughts) of Fanny Hill comes.

Cleland writes in an appropriately corseted Victorian vernacular. This particular edition maintains his peculiar spelling, syntax and punctuation, all of which present certain obstacles to a contemporary reader. Lucky for us, the subject-matter presents no such obstacle. Eminently more readable (and less laughable) than Anne Desclos's (nom de plume: Pauline Réage) Story of O, Fanny Hill or, Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure contains many of the same elements so sportingly penned by Henry Fielding in Tom Jones -- complete with happy ending. John Cleland, however, is no Henry Fielding. If the definition of `circumlocution' in Webster or the OED doesn't say `cf. John Cleland's Fanny Hill,' it ought to!

There's a wee bit of popular wisdom in Fanny Hill, an example of which can be found on p. 93: "We may say what we please, but those we can be the easiest and freest with are ever those we like, not to say love the best." And yes -- as several critics suggest -- there's ample irony, particularly in Volume II. "(A)ll my looks and gestures ever breathing nothing but that innocence which the men so ardently require in us, for no other end than to feast themselves with the pleasure of destroying it, and which they are so grievously, with all their skill, subject to mistakes in (on p. 149)"; and "(as) no condition of life is more subject to revolutions than that of a woman of pleasure, I soon recover'd my chearfulness (sic), and now beheld myself once more struck off the list of kept-mistresses, and return'd into the bosom of the community, from which I had been in some manner taken (on p. 162)."

And how does Fanny (i.e., John Cleland) conclude her tale other than through a happy reunion with her first lover--and only real love? Permit me to quote at length from p. 174: "You may be sure a by-job of this sort interfer'd with no other pursuit, or plan of life, which I led in truth with a modesty and reserve that was less the work of virtue, than of exhausted novelty, a glut of pleasure, and easy circumstances, that made me indifferent to any engagements in which pleasure and profit were not eminently united; and such I could with the less impatience wait for at the hands of time and fortune, as I was satisfied I could never mend my pennyworths, having evidently been serv'd at the top of the market, and even been pamper'd with dainties...".

As Gary Gautier suggests (in almost inscrutably convoluted academic jargon) in his Introduction, and as Liza Minnelli, in the 1972 film version "Cabaret," had so lustily sung. "money makes the world go around, the world go around, the world go around...".

Do I recommend a reading of Fanny Hill? Absolutely and without equivocation! After all, sex has been an appropriate topic of literary discourse here in the Western world since the Ancient Greeks (Sappho) and the Ancient Romans (Ovid and Catullus). Boccaccio, Rabelais, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Sterne, Fielding, Cleland & Co. merely embellished upon the genre, each in his own particular way.

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By Patricia Montenegro - Published on Amazon.com
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held my attention, Iam looking forward to the next one. Buy the book you will enjoy the book, i knowI did
HASH(0x95cef03c) out of 5 stars Three Stars 18 Mar. 2015
By Rose Marie Pedro - Published on Amazon.com
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Very difficult to read due to old English method of writing. Sentences go on forever.
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