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The Sextine Chapel

2.96  ·  Rating Details ·  28 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
An interconnected series of playful stories on the expected and unexpected pleasures of sexual intimacy.
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Published July 26th 2011 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published January 1st 2004)
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Anthony Vacca
Jan 07, 2016 Anthony Vacca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Resembling fellow Oulipan Harry Mathews's Singular Pleasures, this series of vignettes weaves a daisy chain of amorous couplings amidst a number of people whose lives intersect for fleeting moments of varying degrees of erotic pleasure. Although this collection is sexy, funny and abounds with literary references, puns and at least a few instances of impotence, Le Tellier really limits himself by keeping all the fantasized permutations safely within the realm of heterosexual shagging. Think of a ...more
Dec 22, 2009 jeremy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translation, fiction
the sextine chapel is a curious little book comprised of interconnected tales relating the sexual exploits of twenty-six characters. written by hervé le tellier, an acclaimed french author, this book is the first of his to be translated into english. le tellier is a member of oulipo, the mostly french literary group dedicated to "potential literature." founded in 1960, oulipo has included as its members raymond queneau (its co-founder), italo calvino and georges perec. constrained by self-impose ...more
Feb 07, 2012 Vincent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sex is never as interesting as when an Oulipo member makes it their subject.
The back cover of The Sextine Chapel (originally published in French in 2005) says that it "harken[s] back" to Singular Pleasures by Harry Mathews, who, like Le Tellier, is a member of Oulipo. (Indeed, Le Tellier dedicated the book to Mathews, including a nod to Singular Pleasures in the dedication.) I haven't read Mathews's book in full, but the comparison seems apt: both are about sex (though in Singular Pleasures, the characters are all masturbating; in The Sextine Chapel, they're all paired ...more
Lee Razer
I'm not sure if the library employee who put this work in the "similar to 50 Shades of Gray" display just did so because, "Hey, sex", or if they were knowingly being a little subversive, placing a non-erotic work of eroticism coming out of the French intellectualist movement of Oulipo in amidst all the sexual rabble. The latter would be fun.

Anyway, it's an amusing enough little divertisement, each page a very brief lighthearted sketch of a different couple's sexual encounter, the persons involve
I liked the concept of this more than the actual execution. Everyone is connected in such a way that it can be mapped out. I liked that. Some of the stories were mildly sexy, some were surprisingly sad or thought-provoking; but most were just sex. :) It wasn't bad, just not alot to it.
Sep 05, 2011 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
fun, fun, fun. not especially erotic, because it keeps changing the scene. very light read, best in bits and spurts. no pun intended.
Apr 02, 2012 Ariellafaerie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it, this book was a quick, breezy read. Interesting, super short stories of sex, all somehow interlinked.
Oct 13, 2011 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unique in format. Content was engaging enough. But overall, meh.
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Hervé Le Tellier is a writer, journalist, mathematician, food critic, and teacher. He has been a member of the Oulipo group since 1992 and one of the “papous” of the famous France Culture radio show. He has published fifteen books of stories, essays, and novels, including Enough About Love (Other Press, 2011), The Sextine Chapel (Dalkey Archive Press, 2011), and A Thousand Pearls (Dalkey Archive P ...more
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