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Delta of Venus

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  10,354 ratings  ·  618 reviews
An extraordinarily rich and exotic collection from the mistress of erotic writing



In Delta of Venus, Anais Nin pens a lush, magical world where the characters of her imagination possess the most universal of desires and exceptional of talents. Among these provocative stories, a Hungarian adventurer seduces wealthy women then vanishes with their money; a veiled woman selects
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Paperback, 286 pages
Published February 2nd 2004 by Mariner Books (first published 1969)
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Melissa
I was first introduced to Anais Nin by my boyfriend, who bought me a first edition of Little Birds on Valentines Day a couple of years ago. I was surprised to discover that it wasn't raunchy or esoteric at all, but very accessible, very beautiful, and (naturally) very sensual. At an estate sale recently I came across Delta of Venus and picked it up partly out of interest in Nin's writing and partly because it was a vintage book and I love vintage books. Delta of Venus is far sexier than Little B ...more
Aubrey
3.5/5

Let's get one thing straight. This is erotica. Erotica erotica erotica erotica erotica. You know that phenomenon when you say something so many times that it temporarily loses its meaning? Firstly, it's a psychological phenomenon known as semantic satiation. Secondly, that's what I'm trying to do here with the word 'erotica'. Erotica erotica erotica erotica erotica. Run through that a few more times if you haven't sufficiently stripped yourself of assumptions, contextual peripheries, and al
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Amanda
Feb 20, 2009 Amanda rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amanda by: I first heard of Anais Nin in a de Lint novel, Memory and Dream
I think you have to be a little on the sick and twisted to get off on this book. Well, parts of it. Here are some examples of the icky ickiness Anais Nin writes about in Delta of Venus.

-Dude lays in bed early in the morning, and some kids who live in the house come in and horse play around his room. He gets a hard on and encourages them to frolic about on top of the covers.
-Same dude, decades later, takes custody of his teenage son and daughter. Then he fucks 'em.
-A different dude burns some lad
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Warwick
I was rereading bits of this last night after seeing several one- or two-star reviews of it pop up in my feed recently. And scanning through some of the other GR reviews here, there's a lot of people objecting that it's ‘icky’ – one reviewer lists all the things that feature in Delta, things like incest, rape, paedophilia, and then just says, ‘Ew, right?’

WELL NO NOT EW ACTUALLY. I mean yes, ew, if you like, of course a lot of these things may not be very appealing depending on your tastes, but m
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Blanca
May 03, 2007 Blanca rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vintage erotica appreciaters
Over a period of years, I tried to find what I could appreciate about Nin's writing. Sure, it was groundbreaking at the time it was written and critically, I guess that's important.

It's pretty silly. I imagine college girls trying to copy Dita Von Teese's style read this in a dressing gown, drinking wine on some Urban Outfitters' silk bedspread before going out. That is enough to make me dislike it.
Paul


AUTHOR WEBCAM!!



- Hi there… my name’s Anais, what’s yours?

- Oh, er… hi Anais! My name’s Pau---- Manny. My name is Manny.

- Hi Manny. How are you tonight?

- Oh I'm fine thank you. Er.... you have a great laptop there.

- Why thank you! It’s a Lenovo Ideapad. Do you think it looks cute?

- Oh…yes.

- You should see the things I can do with it.

- Mm hmmm.

- What would you like to see me do Manny? Would you like to see me … type? Or…correct a manuscript? Do you want me to call my publisher? I can complain abou
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Hadrian
What is the difference between porn and erotica? Somebody much wittier than me said it was the lighting, but I honestly don't know.
Alex
A broke Anais Nin wrote porn at a dollar a page for an unknown collector who kept telling her to write less literary crap, more of the in and out. Which infuriated her, because she thought he was destroying everything interesting about sex. Which is basically the same debate people are having today about internet porn.

And she keeps punishing him for it. In one story a woman has an erotic opium experience, and it's pretty hot I guess, and then suddenly it's like (view spoiler)
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K.D. Absolutely
Aug 23, 2014 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2012)
Honestly? I liked this book. It is erotica but it is classic and I love everything that have been written so many years ago when I wasn't born yet and people still devour them like they were recently published.

It's just that don't read this book straight in just few days. It could be numbing and lose its meaning. You see, the book is composed of short stories about sexual encounters and Anais Nin made sure that each story is different from the others by delving into different sexual subjects, mo
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Taylor
Oct 31, 2014 Taylor rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants to try Erotica
The first erotica I read, and probably the last, because I can't imagine liking anything else as much I liked this. Well, except maybe more Anais Nin.

I read it one summer during high school after discovering it in our guestroom closet. I hid the book in my pillowcase so that my mother wouldn't see me reading it. I went through it in about 3 days, and continually revisit it when I'm feeling particularly saucy.

It's basically a series of short stories focusing around sexual perversions and explorat
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Ana
What is, indeed, being “erotic”? Wherein lays its essence? Does it even have an essence, or a formula that one can follow and therefore achieve “eroticism”? Is it confined only to the feminine? Is age of any importance when it comes to it? Is there a difference between “erotic” and “sexual”? Are these two irrevocably intertwined? Is it the mind that is aroused, or the body? Can you achieve “eroticism” purely by matter of perception? What is considered erotic by an individual, and how has that be ...more
Leisa

I read this book while my heart was breaking in the Spring of 2009; stubborn & resistant to change, this was exactly the medicine I needed to break all the way open. It wasn't until I felt Anaïs' voice echoing inside me that I truly understood & respected what it means to be feminine, to accept, to renew, to hold & nurture, to passionately let go, & in the process become what I always felt a woman should be; warm, dark, fathomless ocean. Having a naturally very dominant, fiery, m
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April
So I'd like to justify the two stars by firstly saying that I in no way found this 'ok.' (In. No. Way). I'd just hate to give it one, given the eloquence of Nin's writing. It'd be brutal to shred it completely.
Nin is masterful, stylish and even tantalising with her pen. The passages are strikingly exuberant in feel. Ethereal, almost. There's an almost unbelievably aesthetic feel to the book as a whole, so much so that it feels like the stories themselves are quite veiled, which is a peculiarly
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Mish
Anais Nin and a few of her writer friends were asked by an anonymous wealthy collector to write a series of Erotic short stories for $1.00 per page for his pleasure. However the collector was specific in the kind of erotica he wanted. Anais was to omit any warmth, emotion or poetry to her writing and only concentrate on the sex.

Even though these restrictions were in place I don’t think I’ve ever read erotica so well written, it was polished, bold and wildly daring. She covers a range of sexual f
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Vanessa
Anaïs Nin's Delta of Venus was published posthumously in 1977, but was largely written in the 1940s. It contains 15 short erotica stories, all of which were written for a private "collector". And it is what it is really, a mixture of stories from various character viewpoints, some of which tie in with each other, detailing a variety of sexual encounters, passions and desires.

The one thing about erotica is that you can't really read too much of it, because it just gets boring after a while - prob
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Joyce
The people I follow on tumblr seem to absolutely adore Anais Nin and they have reblogged or posted some very choice quotes and excerpts from her writing that made me give into curiosity and borrow some of her works from the library.

A few other times when I’ve tried erotic fiction I end up laughing because the writing is just so cheesy and phrases are so overused; but I don’t think I once laughed in ridiculousness when I read this book. My cheeks flushed regularly going through the book though,
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Hammer Presents readings by Anais Nin - Feb. 12
By Rena Kosnett

Anais Nin would have been 105 this year, and if all the hype is anywhere near accurate, she probably would still be fucking. Every time I overhear or participate in discussions involving Nin, the conversation inevitably turns smutty. Granted, she did submit herself as a cultural galvanizer of female sexual liberation at a time in Europe when there was very little female-authored erotica available; but I've always believed that those d
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Regina Andreassen


Erotica is one thing that I appreciate and enjoy, but necrophilia, pedophilia, sadism (you don't burn someone's genitals...it is NOT OK), and so forth, is a different thing. I don't think the book is beautifully written either, and it is not creative at all. Clearly, Anais Nin tried to be original and perhaps that is why she felt the need to go that far; well, perhaps that should have been expected if we remember that she had an incestuous relationship with her dad, and was married to two guys a
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Astrid Reza
I had to make this book one of my must-have-list-of-book. So far it’s the best erotica literary writings I ever read. It literally makes you wet yourself. What really intriguing is what Anais explain in her preface (which adapted from her diaries). Doing it for a dollar a page, which apparently create one of her best collections of erotic stories. She needed the money to pay her and her friends living expenses, which she described that “Everyone around me irresponsible, unconscious of the shipwr ...more
Suzanne
this book is super hot. Didn't realize it was all erotica till i cracked it open on the plane ride home from France. Felt a little warm under the collar for the whole ride ;)

Deals with some scandalous themes. Incest, necrophilia, pedophilia, rape, bestiality, voyeurism, exhibitionism, some low key BDSM, homosexuality, etc etc. Not quite the abundance of themes you might find on the interwebs, but markedly better written than most of what you'd find there. Even if the thing she is writing about w
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Wigs
Aside from some very painfully obvious political incorrectness that comes with the time (these stories were originally written in the 1940s), it was a fun read. Not all of it is something you'd actually want to read in an erotica, in fact a lot of it is strange (e.g. incest, necrophilia) but I found it still interesting to read during this, because as Nin states in the intro, often she was trolling her erotica commissioner to see how far she could push her limits. One major thing I didn't care f ...more
Susan Laine
This collection of short stories is hard to review. There's some stuff that in today's standards is considered obscene, unethical and illegal, like erotic scenes between adults and children, acts of violence toward a woman during sex, gang-rape of a pretty boy, and so forth.

This was a challenging read, and I don't think Anaïs Nin would get her work published today-or she'd cause a scandal of epic proportions. What this book shows us is how erotica was seen before, and that's how these stories sh
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Max
I was near ready to give up on Nin's erotica about halfway through, rife though it was with the sort of kink and taboo I can almost always get behind. Particularly expectation-shattering was the collection's opener, featuring the pedophiliac fantasies of a "Hungarian Adventurer." The story morphs into a sort of cautionary tale wherein the Hungarian is punished, but not before putting on its darker forms of titillation. Many of the stories are tongue-in-cheek, satirical, hot-but-not, and to her c ...more
Dan Keating
It's difficult to figure out where to begin discussing Anais Nin's masterful piece of overblown erotica, "Delta of Venus."

Perhaps the best place is to begin by saying that this is not erotica that one would expect to find today. I've admittedly only read a small sampling of "modern" erotica, but what I have read there was extremely tame and inoffensive in comparison. This feels as though it comes from Nin's deep-seated desire to explore sexuality rather than just titillate. There's plenty of tit
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Ryan
Sep 08, 2007 Ryan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: past, previous, future girlfriends
dear reader,

so, this week, i was thinking of changing things up, and doing something different instead of my regular "welcome!" thing. but hey, i think i got a good thing going with that. so...

welcome! whew! haha, gotcha! yes, friend, welcome, one and all, to another week in "this week in books!" up to "bat" at this week's "game" is a solid "pitch hitter" who can really "pack" "heat": anais nin, and her great collection of fantastic fantasies, entitled "the delta of venus." haha, i guess that's
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Victoria Price
If you desire the most sensual, erotic but bold collection of stories, Anais Nin is your lady. Her ability to be explicit in content but deeply beautiful in delivery is as close to perfection as one could want. Forget 'Fifty shades', this is the best kind of bedroom inspiration.
Adrienne
Beautifully written, lyrical and sensuous stories without the feeling of a period in 'time' in which to date them. A mixed collection of literary erotica which despite being sometimes dark and disturbing remain eloquent with a charming simplicity about them.
Jerry Ghazali
Aku hampir tidak dapat menghabiskan bacaan buku ini bila mana antara banyak cabang seni erotik, ia mula menggunakan unsur sumbang mahram dan necrophilia dalam naratif yang beransur menghadirkan rasa meluat dan mual. Aku mendapati ada segelintir pembaca barat berpendapat buku ini seperti kitab Kama Sutra moden dan juga masih belum terlintas pada penglihatan kasar aku di mana adanya pembaca dari rumpun nusantara pula yang menganggap buku ini mirip kitab Permata Yang Hilang.

Pengajaran yang aku per
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David Gillespie
Delta of Venus is a book of short stories by Anaïs Nin. Though the stories were largely written in the 1940s while Nin was writing erotica for a private collector, the book was first published posthumously in 1978. The effect of Nin's dreamy prose, the heightened tease of her language, and the titillation of the poetic images of lovers experiencing the joys of the flesh converge to become one of the best collections of erotica ever written. In Nin's hands, the clinical is transformed into beauty ...more
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French-born novelist, passionate eroticist and short story writer, who gained international fame with her journals. Spanning the years from 1931 to 1974, they give an account of one woman's voyage of self-discovery. "It's all right for a woman to be, above all, human. I am a woman first of all." (from The Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. I, 1966)

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