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Púrpura profundo

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  82 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Agustin has just retired from his job as a music critic for a newspaper. Sebastian, a close friend and head of the entertainment section, encourages him to write his memoirs. As Sebastian enthusiastically devours the pages written by the music critic, the reader is dragged into Agustin's amorous world, his multiple affairs with Virginia Tuten, the violinist whose exotic Ca ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by TusQuets (first published January 1st 2000)
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A series of sexual encounters narrated by a nostalgic, self-indulgent, philandering, sexist (bordering on misogyny), and rather racist former music critic (who also has a dash of homophobia, despite being bisexual, for good measure I suppose).

That ought to give you an idea of what you can expect from this "erotic" fictional memoir (I found the actual sexual encounters in the story insipid). The writing isn't bad (characterization suffers, particularly that of anybody who isn't or didn't sleep wi
Whoa. Way more explicitly erotic than the book jacket led me to believe. Also, really interesting, with creative and sweeping assessments of musicians.
Rachael Cain
Yikes. This was some serious, serious 'erotica.' I was about halfway through the book when it really started to ramp up. There was some sensuality in the first half, and that is great. But then lets just say shit got weird pretty fast. To call it dirty would be an understatement when we are talking about urinating in mouths, anal fisting, fornicating on defecated surfaces, and what some would call degradation. It's like there was a semblance of a story at the beginning and then the author got ex ...more
Lyrical, dark and sensual. It's pieces of a life put together in a very narrow frame, so that you only see snippets of characters through the short, sex-driven love affairs of one music critic. Montero has a lovely, even decadent prose style which was always a joy to read.

The m/m scenes were perhaps the best rendered. Most of the m/f love affairs he remembers are tinged with a sort of condensation, repulsion or dismissiveness towards the girl in question, but I have to echo the other character's
Las descripciones de las diferentes experiencias eróticas son tan vívidas y agradables de leer, que uno casi se olvída de los detalles morbosos y no tan placenteros. Uno se pregunta por qué la gente hace esas cosas persiguiendo un poco probable placer sensual. Yo personalmente no veo la posibilidad de placer en muchas de las descripcionesñ y sin embargo la gente se muestra convencida y dispuesta a realizar esos actos. Aunque el tema es incomprensible para mí, no niego que es interesante a veces, ...more
Most of time I wish I had a handle on languages so that I could read a book in it's original tongue. If only because the fluidity of the translation on this novel spoke of such fire and prose. This is an interesting reflection of an aged lothario of a music critic and his erotic tales involving the most prodigious of their craft. A violinist, pianist, cellist and claranetist. Gender lines are blurred and the narrator only wants to indulge his passions with the creme de la creme in order to glut ...more
This book is in Spanish. I probably won't finish it because I have to translate it as I go along, but if you read Spanish you should check it out. It's the story of a classical music critic who, upon his retirement, is reminiscing about all the sexy misadventures he's had with various musicians both male and female. It's cynical and funny, not just erotic. Actually it isn't very erotic.
Jul 27, 2013 Niky added it

MAN ON MAN action! LOL

well written as always.
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