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Seven Tales of Sex and Death

3.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  51 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Both revealing and disturbing, these eponymous tales explore themes of perversity and power, lust and mortality, offering the reader a disquieting feast of debauchery and decadence.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 5th 2004 by Picador (first published January 1st 2003)
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Emmanuelle Maupassant
Having adored Patricia's 'Hallucinating Foucault (1996) and enjoyed The Deadly Space Between: A Novel (2002), I felt compelled to try this collection of her short stories.

The author writes that her intention was to 'disturb and provoke'. To this end, I believe she is partially successful, since these two tales have stayed with me for some days after closing the pages.

Moreover, I'm left asking myself why these particular stories are haunting me, which I'm sure is what Ms. Duncker would be pleas
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Nux
May 18, 2009 Nux rated it it was ok
Seven tales, out of which I can say that I enjoyed reading 2 and indifferent to the rest. The title and back cover of the book are also rather misleading as they suggest something (at least to me) quite different than the stories in this book. I was expecting more thrill, more oomph, more scary.... apart from the violence told in a rather mild manner in 2 of the stories, there are no more violence. My favorite story, I'd have to say, is the last story, the one least violent and in fact rather fu ...more
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Nov 11, 2014 Jaykayrisque rated it it was amazing
Some women are aroused by the thought of being brutally raped. 'Stalker' takes that unacceptable premise a truly horrific step further.

In the future, Sophia is engaged in an underground sexual entertainment business. At some point in 'Sophia Walters Shaw' you might be sick.

In following tales, the author's characters encounter post traumatic stress and ghoulish superstition. The rural idyll succumbs to gathering forboding and authoritarian action.

All these stories are thoroughly convincing. Thoug
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Tammy Lu
Apr 25, 2011 Tammy Lu rated it it was ok
not nearly enough sex nor death.
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Feb 27, 2009 Alan rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
one or two excellent stories here, one or two not so..
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Patricia Duncker attended school in England and, after a period spent working in Germany, she read English at Newnham College, Cambridge.

She studied for a D.Phil. in English and German Romanticism at St Hugh's College, Oxford.

From 1993-2002, she taught Literature at the University of Aberystwyth, and from 2002-2006, has been Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, teachin
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