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Mirror of Venus

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  9 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Paperback, 144 pages
Published by Bantam Books
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Tristy
Jan 21, 2011 Tristy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art, women, erotic, scavenged
Ugh. This is a perfect example of the 1960's male gaze. Some of the photos are quite beautiful but the message of the book is horrifying. Essentially the three women featured in the photos are treated as wild, sexy animals that need to be tamed (but not too tamed!) It ends with these lines: "So say you love her, say you will protect her, say that nothing will harm her. Say something excessive, say something final - that you will kill her if she leaves you. Shake her. Tell her that it is serious. ...more
Makena
Jun 27, 2016 Makena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
LOVED the photographs. The themes, not so much.
Jeff
Mar 26, 2011 Jeff rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sixties_history
This beautiful book of photographs pre-dates Green's Birds of Britain and is actually superior, but where that book provides biographical sketches of each woman photographed this one provides poetic verses by Sagan and Fellini. Unfortunately no distinction is made between Sagan's and Fellini's text. Sometimes it's apparent, but mostly not.

For anyone interested interested in 1960s culture and style, this book, along with Birds of Britain is a must.
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Born Françoise Quoirez, she grew up in a French, Catholic, bourgeois family. She was an independent thinker and avid reader as a young girl, and upon failing her examinations for continuing at the Sorbonne, she became a writer.

She went to her family's home in the south of France and wrote her first novel, Bonjour Tristesse, at age 18. She submitted it to Editions Juillard in January 1954 and it
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