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Don Juan in the Village

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  47 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
From the lesbian bars of New York City to the back streets of Fez, from the S&M scene in Los Angeles to the calm ocean depths off a Caribbean island, the heroine of Don Juan in the Village is ever on the prowl. In search of the longed-for, idealized lover, she finds instead a series of wrenching, sometimes hilarious encounters with an array of women, among them a movie ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published October 3rd 2003 by University of Wisconsin Press (first published 1990)
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Feb 26, 2008 Ammie rated it liked it
Recommended to Ammie by: STR
I read "Leash" a while ago and it fucked with my mind in many ways. "Don Juan" was, if you can apply these terms to a book like this, a kind of gentler version of the same basic idea. The narrator details her sexual (and some partially nonsexual) exploits in locals ranging from NYC to Morocco, chronicling her reactions and reasonings with a lack of passion that makes her very explicit encounters with a variety of women not anywhere near as sexy as one would suppose. "Leash" was fascinating in it ...more
Joey Diamond
Apr 19, 2010 Joey Diamond rated it it was ok
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There is something so weird about the voice in this book, it's kind of like 90s lesbian fiction voice ... reminding me of other stuff I've read but I can't put my finger on it exactly. Eileen Myles? Not Michelle Tea exactly... more arrogant.

Anyway also the conceit of an entirely unlikeable narrator having lots of bad sex and weird encounters seems pretty 90s, like the shock value would have worked better then. The cover quote is from Brett Easton Ellis for g-dsakes.

There are funny and good stori
Jane Holloway
Jul 27, 2014 Jane Holloway rated it it was amazing
I agree with another reviewer who said that Don Juan is a version of Leash in the sense that it examines a lot of the same themes. Don Juan has a more contained scope though. Leash is an explosion of these themes into the realm of satire-sci fi. Don Juan was perfect for completely different reasons. Also the narration was funnier to me this time around - Leash was a bit more drab and desperate, still hilarious but Don Juan was easier on the eyes. Read Iowa, read Key West, this is classical beaut ...more
Nora Chatchoomsai
Dec 28, 2014 Nora Chatchoomsai rated it it was amazing
The novel is witty written in a Picaresque form, each having its own psychologically poignant, existential moment. It is not afraid to "go there" beyond the expectation of gender role, even within the LGBT community. It gives an subjective even consciously egotistical view of human sexuality, which involves self-disgust, self-love, emotional or/and physical pain and addiction. Delyn's narrator takes me through the journey of these emotions and teach me about acceptance of these social conditions ...more
Jul 10, 2012 Chibivy rated it liked it
Recommended to Chibivy by: Cheska Lorraine
The first book that I read about lesbianism, and it's good. Although most things are vague, the stories realistically portrayed the lifestyle of a homosexual woman in search for love, acceptance, compassion, friendship. It demonstrates a woman's--whether straight or not--struggle to find her place in the society. I wish I'd find a copy of this, because I only borrowed that from a friend.
Jul 16, 2007 Masha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lesbian-lovers
I got all into Jane De Lynn. Not as ambitious as her novel, "Real Estate", this book is a bunch of gem-like stories united by the theme of women, drinking, travel, alienation, and sex. Crisp and a little cold - with a frisson of cruelty.
Cheska Lorraine
Dec 28, 2012 Cheska Lorraine rated it liked it
kasama ko si Stephene nung binili ko ito kaso hanggang ngayon di nya pa sinosoli sa akin yung book.
nung first year nahilig kami sa gay oriented books. haha and para maiba naman lesbian oriented (?) book naman daw try namin. kaya ibinili ko to.

haha. shocked.
dami ko nalaman. haha
Elizabeth J.
I needed this book when I was 19. A must for young dykes. And anyone who enjoys honesty about casual (and not-so casual) sex written well.
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Jane DeLynn is the author of the novels Leash, Don Juan in the Village, Real Estate (a New York Times Book Review “Notable Book of the Year”), In Thrall, Some Do, as well as the collection Bad Sex Is Good. Authors she’s been compared to include Proust, Salinger, Jane Austen, Rabelais, Swift, Oscar Wilde, Proust, Helene Cixious, and Edgar Allan Poe, Aristophanes, Euripedes, & Woody Allen. She w ...more
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