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Not bad if you read it as fiction
on 27 September 2007
If you were to read 'The Intimate Adventures..' as fiction, it would be passable chic-lit. It's written quite well and the diary format narrative hangs together.
Having said that, there is a bit of a sinister undercurrent running throughout the whole book. Belle seems to be suggesting that if you like money and sex then you should consider prostitution as a possible career. This is just one example, from when she meets a student who is waiting for her PhD results;
'it occurs to me, well, it's no cure-all, but a few months in prostitution might do her the world of good. Have a primp and smile for once. Put the overdraft back in the black. Get her mind off herself now and again.'
There are other similar parts in the book where I felt quite uncomfortable and began to wonder if 'Belle de Jour' was actually a man. For example;
'he'd stop the car suddenly and we'd get out and he'd smack me one. My knickers were always sopping wet after.'
It might just be me, but I know a lot of women and I don't know any who like to be knocked about and whilst I think prostitutes don't get the support they deserve, I wonder how many would really advocate it as a positive career choice?!
An Ok read if you take it as fiction