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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers (25 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007307616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007307616
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Profoundly unsettling' Rowan Pelling, Daily Mail

'If you ever wondered what you'd be like if you weren't shy, polite, tolerant, modest, sexually repressed, logical and constrained by modern standards of hygiene, this may be the book for you!This is not a beautiful or perfect book, but an enterprising one, and its cumulative effect is admirable!Our bodies mean a lot to us -- even the asshole, about which far too little has been written. Every writer needs to claim a bit of territory, and assholes are there for the grabbing. Boldly, Roche takes them for her own' Guardian

'"Wetlands", in the tradition of Plath's "The Bell Jar", is a remarkable novel about mental illness that has been mistaken for feminist literature' Alice O'Keefe, New Statesman 'The cause of the fuss is the novel's extreme obscenity -- though "obscenity" doesn't quite catch the particular, pungent flavour of the thing. "Grunginess" is nearer the mark' Adam Lively, Sunday Times

'Literary news this week suggests that when it comes to women writing about sex, reviewers are still reacting in the same way as Dr Johnson to his walking dog, surprised that it's being done at all. So hats off to Charlotte Roche, who has managed to give both the "Sunday Times" and the "Guardian" the willies by cheerfully confessing to consuming pornography with her husband and starting her book "Wetlands" with a graphic discussion of hemorrhoids' Lisa Hilton, Spectator

'Maeve Binchy is famous for her unique humour and insight; Cecelia Ahern is popular for her unlikely twists and touches of magic; Charlotte Roche has a different formula for success -- haemorrhoids, hairy armpits and halitosis, mixed together into an unlikely erotic pot-pourri' Irish Independent

'Graphic, brutal scatological glimpse of one young woman's sexual proclivities!Helen celebrates shattering sexual and social taboos in a way others might only dream of' London Lite

'Carrying "Wetlands" around with me over the past few days, I have bumped into quite a few people who imagine, from all the publicity, that it is a steamy sex-romp of the type few of us can resist. But I have had to disappoint them. Steamy it may be, but the steam comes from something less attractive than sex; in a characteristic phrase, Roche describes the smell coming from her bowels as being "like warm pus mixed with diarrhoea and something acidic"' Craig Brown, Spectator

'As the furore surrounding the publication of "Wetlands" has shown, there's a very vocal segment of the population ready to accuse women who embrace pornography of some sort of treachery' The List

From the Inside Flap

Helen Memel lies in the Department of Internal Medicine at Maria Hilf Hospital. While she waits for her divorced parents to come and visit her - who she hopes will finally be reconciled by the side of her hospital bed - she begins to examine those parts of her body usually seen as distinctly 'unladylike'. She lets the orderly, Robin, take photos of those areas her curious gaze can't reach. And, on the side, she tends to her collection of avocado stones - which also happen to provide her with invaluable sexual services ...

Wetlands takes an unflinching, and very funny, look at one of the last remaining taboos of today. Courageous, radical and provocative, Charlotte Roche's novel rebels against hygiene hysteria, the sterile aesthetics of women's magazines and standardized dealings with the female body and its sexuality. This is a wonderfully wild story of a heroine both pleasure-seeking and vulnerable, who voices what others do not even dare to think. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format: Paperback
Other reviewers have complained that this book is just a kind of pornographic attempt to shock, but I think that is missing the point. Sure, the writer appears to be obsessed with the most basic animal functions of our bodies, but there's more to this than pornography, which is rarely readable or intentionally amusing (or so I'm told!). The reason the book has sold so well is surely because it is, in parts, very funny, and although there are lots of dirty words it is at least quite well-written, though Ms Roche does have a problem knowing when to use commas instead of full-stops (eg: 'They thought I didn't notice. But I did. And how.') And this: 'I swear I will. Helen. Very impressive'. Note that one-word sentence: 'Helen', which is the narrator referring to herself, something she does about a thousand times throughout this relatively short book, rather irritatingly.

The author is English but brought up in Germany and it is surely the combination of English lavatory humor and German openness concerning the body that is responsible for producing such an unlikely best-seller. So is it worth reading? Only if you've got nothing better to do and want to know what all the fuss is about. (Yes, there's been a lot of fuss over this book, which has been taken far too seriously for a novel that was obviously intended as a joke.)

The blurb on the back cover, a Granta quote claiming the book evokes 'The Catcher in the Rye', is nonsense, and anyone expecting such quality will be sadly disappointed, as is usually the case with back-cover blurbs. The best that can be said about this book is that, considering the limitations of the subject matter and the location (we never leave the hospital), and the fact that there is no plot whatsoever, it is quite entertaining and easy to read, assuming you aren't too squeamish.
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Format: Paperback
The book cover itself says its a marmite book you either love it or hate it. Most of the reviews that are one star reviews say it is shocking for the sake of being shocking and other cliches sorry but I did not find it shocking but funny and humane a reclaiming of our bodies and the reality of them from the media's idea of what is right and proper. So I would say give it a go and if you don't like it fair enough but don't be put off by the endless cliches of the other reviewers.
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Format: Hardcover
I read this because I wanted to make up my own mind about the controversy it has generated, but the book is actually very different from what I had expected from all the reviews. Yes, it is gross and completely disgusting in lots of places, to the point where there were pages I had to skim through since they were so stomach-churning.

But at heart this is a story of Helen, an emotionally-damaged eighteen-year old, scarred by her family, sexually-promiscuous but lonely, and screaming her pain through her defiant and rebellious relationship to her own body. Like a seven-year old, she thinks she's being clever and shocking, but what gradually builds up in this short book is not a sense of empathy but of pity.

Charlotte Roche isn't Helen, but she has created a monstrously vivid anti-heroine. I can completely understand the people who have slated this book for its repellent and sometimes nauseating episodes, but I can also understand their necessity in defining who and what Helen is. So not a pleasant book to read, but ultimately a brave and interesting one.
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By BD VINE VOICE on 28 Jan. 2009
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Is this really the bestselling book that Amazon distributes? I find that staggering. I wouldn't say that this book is particularly shocking, it clearly sets out to be (could the title and cover be more obvious?), but in the opinion of this reviewer it is trying too hard, lacked depth and I found myself yawning at the obviousness to try and 'shock' the reader. Perhaps in its original language this book was something of a revelation, but in the UK a drawn out tale of a teenagers behaviour changes and habits following their parents' divorce is hardly ground breaking, and I believe there are better ways of telling that story than the context used here.

Without the 'controversial' content 'Wetlands' would be very short story and a thin book, in many ways comparable to many generic Hollywood blockbuster films that take themselves too seriously. Take away the special effects, stunts and explosions and you are left with very little, it is over very quickly and you are left feeling unfulfilled at the end and desire something with greater substance and originality.

If you must waste three hours of your life reading this, borrow a copy and save your money.
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I bought this as I was quite frankly intrigued by all the talk! It is as described: disgusting. And if you can get past that, it's actually got very little substance to it! I found it rather boring and lacking an actual purpose and storyline. I gave up after a bit and went back to it just so I could finish the damn thing and say I'd read it!
In my opinion it just wants to shock and when you take away all of that it leaves very little for the reader to get involved in.
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Please don't read this if you have a weak stomach !
It's very very detailed and very imaginative but not for everyone.
Ok now you've been warned by me and everyone else here it seems, the choice is yours haha.
Yeah i mean it is pretty gross, but there's kind of more to it than that....well i would like to think there is , some parts make you want to just put it down and stop reading because you're thinking 'what's the point , she's just trying to gross us out as much as she can' but it's actually a good book , and it's weird to say that given the topics and the content but there is some heart in there somewhere. You just have to have a good hard look.
If you look past the varied and very strong nature of the main characters knack for describing every inch of her & what she produces , it is a good book and i mean , i couldn't put it down (even if one bit especially did nearly turn my stomach 360...bed brake pedal..for anyone that's read it).
It's very different from anything ive read , sure ive read books that are detailed when it comes to such 'taboo' subjects , and books that focus on a very controversial topic but never anything quite like this.
I wouldn't read it again , and i very much doubt i would recommend it to anyone i know but all i can say is it's a page turner and it's unique.
Some of the stuff the main character comes out with is quite refreshing and im sure there will be things the reader can connect with on some level , you might read things and think 'oh my god yeah i do that' or 'haha yeah..' .
So if you're curious , have a strong stomach and don't mind books that a bit out there, then i'd recommend.
If you have a weak stomach , are easily offended and have never read anything other than romance novels & you've ended up here by some weird twist or turn , id suggest you hit that back arrow and continue looking at what you previously were. You'll thank me.
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