Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Aphrodite: Book One” as Want to Read:
Aphrodite: Book One
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Aphrodite: Book One

by
3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews

One of literature's erotic masterpieces
Vol. I Artwork by Milo Manara

Aphrodite is a masterpiece of French 19th century literature. This classical tale of sensuous love was one of the best-selling novels of its time. Published in 1896, Aphrodite made Pierre Louÿs famous and was by far his greatest success, surpassing that of his other well-know works such as The Songs of Bil

...more
Hardcover, 1st edition, 54 pages
Published October 1999 by Humanoids (first published 1896)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Aphrodite, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Aphrodite

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Dfordoom
May 01, 2008 Dfordoom rated it it was amazing
Aphrodite is a short novel by the French decadent writer Pierre Louÿs. Set in Alexandria during the first century BC, it tells the story of the courtesan Chrysis and the sculptor Demetrios (who happens to be the lover of the queen, Berenice). Demetrios becomes obsessed with Chrysis, but to win her he must bring her three gifts, and the obtaining of each of these three gifts involves a great crime. Demetrios has another obsession, his statue of Aphrodite, a statue more perfect than any living wom ...more
Ana
My father told me wanted to name me "Afrodite", luckily my mother didn't let him. For as beautifull as the concept may be, the sound of it is really strange and nobody (that I know of) is called like that. Venus, the homonimous latin name for the godess, is much more appealing to me, but I got "Sofia" instead, wich I begun to like as soon as I found out it means "knowledge" in greek. But only a very few people call me that anyway...

Regarding this particular version of the book, a 19th century fr
...more
Jenn
Feb 17, 2009 Jenn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, literature, library
This book is available free through Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/26685
Orion
Sep 22, 2011 Orion rated it really liked it
This book is beautiful in many ways, but is disappointing at times. The combination of Louys' text and Manara's art in volume 1 is a sure winner. Originally published in France with the original French text, this English version chooses an anonymous, but wonderful, translation from the 1920's.

Following a long tradition of publishing this work with sensuous illustrations, Humanoids, a French publisher, took a 19th century erotic novel by Pierre Louys and divided it into four hardbound books, eac
...more
Pam
Sep 11, 2012 Pam rated it it was ok
I am sure this book is a work of pure literary genius to a lot of people. I don't think my brain has the capacity to see it as that. I felt like I was in school while reading this book.

Don't get me wrong, it's beautifully written. And for Mr. Louys to be writing fiction about such topics as lesbian love, infidelity, and prostitution in the 1930's says a great deal. He took a large step. However, the "thys" and the "doths" among others just got be a bit too much. Call me simple-minded, I'm sorry!
...more
Mark
Jul 29, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it
Awesome image near the end of Aphrodite. This is a well-written book by a little-known author from the late 1800's.
Kendra
Kendra rated it it was amazing
May 08, 2012
Zoeel
Zoeel rated it really liked it
Apr 10, 2013
Geoffrey Montague
Geoffrey Montague rated it it was amazing
Sep 03, 2008
Barbara
Barbara rated it really liked it
Mar 08, 2011
Byrappa
Byrappa rated it liked it
Dec 20, 2013
Jen
Jen rated it really liked it
Feb 16, 2011
Minnie Romanovich
Minnie Romanovich rated it really liked it
Jan 23, 2012
Anthony
Anthony rated it liked it
Jul 08, 2012
Aarcanum Black
Aarcanum Black rated it liked it
Sep 15, 2014
Anil
Anil rated it it was amazing
Apr 27, 2014
Maria Velcheva
Maria Velcheva rated it really liked it
Jun 17, 2012
Diana
Diana rated it it was amazing
Jul 16, 2011
Mark
Mark rated it really liked it
Jan 02, 2008
Ami
Ami rated it it was amazing
Apr 10, 2008
Helena Basto
Helena Basto rated it really liked it
Dec 01, 2012
Marc
Marc rated it liked it
Jan 23, 2016
Helena
Helena rated it really liked it
Oct 31, 2012
Morrigan Nemhain
Morrigan Nemhain rated it liked it
Oct 15, 2012
Morrigan Nemhain
Morrigan Nemhain rated it liked it
Sep 05, 2013
Nikolay Mollov
Nikolay Mollov rated it it was ok
May 18, 2012
Warwick
Warwick rated it liked it
May 15, 2013
Starmy
Starmy rated it it was ok
Jul 16, 2007
Jamie
Jamie rated it liked it
Aug 01, 2009
Gary
Gary rated it really liked it
Jul 13, 2009
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
47465
Born in Belgium. in 1870, but moved to France where he would spend the rest of his life. He was a friend of authors André Gide and Oscar Wilde, and of composer Claude Debussy.
More about Pierre Louÿs...

Share This Book