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Nell Kimball: Her Life as an American Madam

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"Every girl is sitting on her fortune if only she knew it." Thus advised by her fading Aunt Letty, the young farm girl set out on her odyssey of sin & seduction in the big cities--late 19th century St Louis, San Francisco & New Orleans. There "Goldie Brown," later knows as Nell Kimball, made her fame & fortune as a 1st-class entrepreneur in the flesh trade. Her ...more
Hardcover, 1st , 296 pages
Published 1970 by Macmillan Co. (NYC)
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Chris Abbot
Feb 10, 2013 Chris Abbot rated it it was amazing
I love this book after stumbling on it by accident.
It is a warts and all tale about the life of a madam in a New Orleans brothel during the Storyville years but starts her working life as a whore in St. Louie.
There is something very endearing about this book and I am drawn to her character and the stories she tells.
It is written as she speaks and because of that takes you to the time and the place.
Her honesty is something that I like and confirms to me that although the society around us chang
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Ffiamma
May 25, 2013 Ffiamma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: donne, americana, ebook
memoir sgangherato e sboccatissimo di nell kimball, ragazza di campagna decisa a sfuggire alla miseria e allo squallore e che intraprende una sfavillante carriera di prostituta (prima) e di tenutaria (poi). con un linguaggio senza eufemismi, l'autrice racconta la vita e le regole dei bordelli, espone tariffe e prestazioni, descrive la società dell'epoca e i cambiamenti in atto negli stati uniti a cavallo tra il XIX e Il XX secolo. non so se sia tutto vero e ci sono alcune parti francamente noios ...more
Bunny
Jan 16, 2016 Bunny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adelphi
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"I professori e gli Herr Doktor, immagino, sapranno le ragioni per le quali noi due c'innamorammo.
Perché ciascuno di noi due dava all'altro qualcosa di cui aveva bisogno. Ma sarebbe come tagliare a
fette un fiore per vedere la ragione per cui è bello. Si scopre come è fatto, ma il fiore non esiste più,
soltanto un gambo verde, e uno scempio di petali, e così via."


Vengono ripercorse le tappe fondamentali della vita dell'autrice con un linguaggio diretto ed esplicito. L'inquadramento storico
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María Paz Greene
Sep 22, 2015 María Paz Greene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobio
Yo no sé por qué este libro no es más famoso. No es para nada meramente una descripción sórdida de la vida de una madame, ex prostituta, sino que simplemente una autobiografía increíblemente sincera. A mí me encantó, Es inteligente, está bien escrita y refleja mucho la época. Solo se me ocurre que este libro no prendió mucho porque fue escrito por una mujer, en una época machista y además una mujer proveniente de un sector laboral (digamos, jeje) especialmente delicado... una mujer que ni siquie ...more
Paul
Feb 15, 2008 Paul rated it it was amazing
This one came as a complete surprise to me. I picked up a ratty ol' copy for free, and was hooked basically from the start. Nell's very simple outlook on life humanity, and on sex (if nature allows it, I won't say different) had me nodding in sympathy or amusement. Her experiences are varied, and this memoir is charged with humanity at all levels, and as she herself says, people are like an upside-down cake, and people that are supposed to be the top, sometimes aren't, and vice versa.

Also, for
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Ysabeau
Jun 30, 2012 Ysabeau rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much but the further and further I got into the book, the more I became sure it is a work of fiction. I've read a lot of memoirs from this time period, and not one of them sounded at all like Nell. The voice is just too darn modern. Plus, the unfortunate aspects of 19th century prostitution life are somewhat glossed over, including Nell's introduction to the game, which is via the classic "he done her wrong and abandoned her" trope you find so often in 19th century porno ...more
Laura
Apr 19, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
La vita di un'erede di Moll Flanders che permette di ricostruire un'epoca nei suoi aspetti meno consueti e noti ma certamente realistici. La lettura sarebbe stata più appassionante se le memorie della Kimball si fossero giovate di un lavoro di editing più radicale.
La.Silbia
Anche se madam Kimball come scrittrice è abbastanza ripetitiva e leggermente disorganizzata, ha la capacità di coinvolgere, stupire, raccontare molte curiosità di solito evitate, e, almeno per quanto mi riguarda, di farmi pensare spesso durante la lettura "alla faccia tua, Laura Ingalls!".
Evan
Jan 25, 2008 Evan rated it really liked it
The unvarnished memoirs of a woman who worked as a prostitute in St. Louis, and later (in the early 1900s, I believe) ran a brothel in New Orleans' Storyville district. It's been a long time since I read this, but I remember it as being sordid (and very entertainingly so).
Frances
Aug 10, 2013 Frances marked it as will-try-again  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned, memoir
Non fraintemdetemi, la storia è interessante ma più mi avvicino alla fine, meno mi prende. Ritenterò, un giorno.
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“In quell'epoca, vedevo la buona società come una gran massa di gente vestita in abiti eleganti, con bei cappelli, che abitavanno in grandi case, con i cavalli e le carrozze più belle; che facevano discorsi elevati, goveravano il paese, e riempivano le chiese. Mi sembrava che questa società facesse un mondo più bello e più pulito di tutti gli altri. A Natale, li vedevo portare cesti con tacchini e altre cose ai poveri, e con le loro maniere educate far sì che anche gli altri fossero più educati. Sapevano le risposte di tutte le domande, e il modo appropriato di dire e di fare ogni cosa. In seguito aprii gli occhi, ma a quell'epoca li chiamavo la gente di qualità, l'aristocrazia. Non erano altro che un mucchio di stronzi.” 0 likes
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