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One Hundred Strokes of the Brush Before Bed Paperback – 26 Aug 2004
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?Remarkably self-assured... the shock waves of this schoolgirl?s confession are still reverberating? The Times ?This book is remarkable. With any luck it will utterly scandalize the people who still think of teenage girls as half-formed dolls in pretty boxes. A warm and sexy read.? BelleDeJour.com ?A wisp of a book with a wallop of an impact? New York Times ?Catherine Millet can go put her clothes on. Seventeen years old, Melissa P. has become a literary phenomenon in Italy? Les Echos
About the Author
Melissa Panarello was born in Sicily in 1985 and now lives in Rome. Her teenage diaries formed the basis of One Hundred Strokes of the Brush Before Bed, the book that scandalised Europe.See all Product description
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The story is something of a fairy tale aimed at teenage girls: the narrator tells us that she is ugly, but everyone else in the book comments on her beauty, including passing lorry drivers. There is a happy-ever-after quality to the ending. A Cinderella for sexually curious teenage girls, maybe?
I would not call this book erotic. Despite experiencing group sex, lesbian sex, rough sex, bondage, and viewing homosexual sex, Melissa P. does not dwell on sexual descriptions in the way an erotic writer would. There is a detached air about her sexual descriptions. It is almost as if she were aiming to write a book about her growing sexual awareness in the manner of Yukio Mishima in `Confessions of a Mask.' Yet, the ending is too pat, too much like a fairytale, to be autobiographical. The dwelling on her sexual encounters raises the suspicion that this is as much a sexual fantasy as it is anything else. She falls between two stools. Too much sexual fantasising to be truly autobiographical and not enough vivid detail to be erotic. The two sexy pictures of the author are a tad suspicious, as well.
Despite that, this book is enjoyable. I read it in one sitting - it is only 154 pages. The narrative pulls you along and if the story doesn't convince, it does give you an insight into what goes on in a teenage girl's head.
To sum up, Melissa P. loses her virginity at the tender age of 14, at 16 she is having group sex with 5 men, she plays Lolita to her math teacher and dominatrix to a married guy she meets online. All of her sexual escapades she documents in the diary (which does not reflect on anything else in her life, it's just her sexual adventures with occasional sentence about her search for one true love thrown in). The said dairy, of which we are given extracts, is only about 160 pages long, it starts abruptly and abruptly it ends, with Melissa's quest for love over when she finds her prince (literally).
While the book has imminence, it lacks any insight into Melissa's brain, her background and why she came to be who she is. I hoped for clues, I searched for hint, but it seems all Melissa P. cared to document was numerous sex scenes, which, after the initial shock, became quite predictable and tedious.