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The Word "Desire"

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  81 ratings  ·  11 reviews
These twelve startlingly original stories about erotic desire are the best opportunity yet for adventurous renders to discover and explore the fiction of Rikki Ducornet, who over the past three decades has created a body of work that is as daring and finely wrought as any writer's. Each of these stories centers on a pivotal erotic moment in the lives of the men and women w ...more
Paperback, 193 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published 1997)
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Karl W.
Mar 08, 2014 Karl W. rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Some interesting writing in terms of use of language, but overall, a most undedifying book. I felt after the first couple of stories that I should not bother to keep reading, but I hung on to the end. Now I wish I had not.
Max Nemtsov
she writes preciously
Ele Munjeli
It isn't erotica, quite; few of the stories were explicit. Yet, all of them dealt with sexual expression, repression or suppression. The exotic locales and historical details of some stories refer to the genre, as well. Descriptive and elegant prose made it a compelling read. Longing is a theme, and several of the tales will leave you hanging. Illumination and sexual intuition are closely linked by the author, but she isn't an advocate for promiscuity, or decadence. The struggle of intimacy, how ...more
This is a fairly uneven collection of stories that all turn on some type of desire. Some of the stories, like the title story that ends the book, give interesting and well-written dramatizations of how desire affects a characters. Other stories don't fare so well. I can see how a writer would think, "wouldn't it be a good idea if I wrote a story on desire from the perspective of a pet dog?" What I can't understand is how the writer wouldn't follow that thought with this one: "No, no it wouldn't. ...more
Rikki Ducornet is one of my favorite living authors. Her stories relish the exotic, the romantic, sensuality, sexual vibrancy, and enigma. This collection is smaller and less experimental than The Butcher's Tales. The result is that while you rarily feel let down, there are only a few stories that really go for the inexplicable beauty I associate with her work. When she gets it, she gets it with equal grace as her earlier work, but with the added precision due to experience.
Frankly, these storie
When she doesn't wander too far into postmodern experimentation, Rikki Ducornet is one of my favorite fiction writers. Her fiction is poetic flavor and a dreamy, with intense black humor to spice it all up. This book contains a dozen tales dealing with a broad spectrum of the erotic. Rikki Ducornet is not afraid to touch on the forbidden, but in ways that are always as tasteful as they are tasty. I highly recommend this book.
Intense, gorgeous, daring writing. I'm a fan.
Harper Jean
These short stories, each set in a different time and place, are connected by the common theme of desire. They are exquisitely rendered and suitable for reading aloud. I hadn't heard of Ducornet before, but I will be seeking out her other work.
Kay Baird
The story "The Neurosis of Containment" from this collection turned me on. The rest were all over the map, but nevertheless both sensuous and stimulating. Often arousing, due to the feeling that they transgressed beyond acceptable ideas and topics.
Five stars fifty pages in, how is this possible/where have I been?

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Rikki Ducornet (born Erica DeGre, April 19, 1943 in Canton, New York) is an American postmodernist, writer, poet, and artist.

Ducornet's father was a professor of sociology, and her mother hosted community-interest programs on radio and television. Ducornet grew up on the campus of Bard College in New York, earning a B.A. in Fine Arts from the same institution in 1964. While at Bard she met Robert
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