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The Pillow Boy of the Lady Onogoro

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  120 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
This “exquisite, exuberant, X-rated” novel (Mirabella), set in feudal Japan, tells the story of a concubine who hires a stable boy to whisper erotic stories from behind a screen while she entertains her master, a samurai general.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 1st 1997 by Mariner Books (first published December 1st 1995)
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Supposedly there was a real "The Pillow Boy of the Lady Onogoro" written by a renowned Japanese poet during the Heian era. I don't know when that era was, but I am sure it was a long time ago because the original manuscript of the book had disappeared and only some "fragmentary variants" have been found. As is usual with whatever is lost, or does not exist, the imagination took over. This was the fruit of Alison Fell's imaginative musings about this lost masterpiece of ancient Japan--stories wit ...more
Lady Onogoro, a self-made woman in the 11th century Japanese imperial court, has a problem: her lover and patron doesn’t excite her. Not wanting to hurt his feelings or lose his protection, Onogoro enlists the services of a blind stableboy. He whispers erotic stories in her ear during coitus, and Onogoro’s wealthy patron leaves happy, convinced that he’s pleased his concubine. Except…things happen. Scandal! Drama! Spies! Unlikely love!

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Jul 16, 2009 scarlettraces rated it really liked it
in the style of the great works of heian literature with a sense of mischief. exquisite but also robust. and a lot, lot shorter than genji.
Oct 11, 2015 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sexy-times
Alison Fell claimed that when she set out to write this she wanted to write a book about a woman living in a deeply constrictive society; I don't know how she got to Japan during the 10th century, but that's where she set this sweet, cunning piece of erotic fluff. Heian Japan more precisely: home of kindred spirits Sei Shonagon and Murasaki Shikibu. Ms. Fell chose this time because she wondered if it wasn't a particularly cruel time in history. She didn't say "cruel" though. In her delightful Sc ...more
Jan 22, 2012 Molly rated it it was ok
I loved The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, and I adore literary plays, adaptations, and the like, though I'm too often disappointed. This one had some nice moments--women empowered by their bodies, storytelling and poetry having magical roles--but ultimately, it was difficult to feel grounded in the text.
May 05, 2007 Kelsey rated it liked it
Shelves: booksforfun
This is a sexy book. It mixes romance and erotic storytelling with high-court machinations. It took me a while to get into and to finish because I was only reading it at night, but it lends itself well to episoodic reading.
Jan 30, 2008 Afranzoni rated it it was amazing
This book is so good, hot, and bizarre. A concubine of a military guy hires a blind boy to whisper sweet and dirty talk in her ear while she is performing her concubinely duties. Yeeow!
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Jan 06, 2008 Lori Ann Troha rated it really liked it
This book is erotic and x rated. In fact, one scene was a bit disturbing for me. However, Lady Onogoro is very resourceful, and I always enjoy historical context.
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Feb 05, 2008 Melynda Yesenia rated it liked it
for something i picked up in broad daylight in a mormon-esque bookstore, this just escapes being porn.
Tim Petersik
Jul 28, 2013 Tim Petersik rated it it was amazing
Sexy, yes, but this is well-written literature with an eastern edge.
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