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In this hilarious sequel to The Secret Life of Nuns, courtesan Nanna reveals to her confidante, Antonia, what really goes on in the lives of married women. A woman can only be saved from a life-threatening craving and utter damnation by a well-endowed priest; an over-devout matron releases her inner devil when she meets an attractive hermit; an insatiable wife is redressed ...more
Paperback, 116 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Hesperus Press
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Donella
We Americans tend to get a lot of flack: for our tumbling math and science scores, our epidemically high divorce rates-- all characteristics of a society that has left the virtues of perseverance and diligence behind. However, every now and again, we get a reminder of the good old days-- and nothing represents good old fashioned values more than the image of the long-married wife.

But the long-married wife, as portrayed in Iris Krasnow's book, The Secret Life of Wives isn't who you'd expect. She
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Jacob
Sep 12, 2007 Jacob rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Baptists, school boards
This slim book is extracted from Pietro Aretino's Ragionamenti, a dialogue between two prostitutes on the three vocations of women -- nun, wife, and whore -- and the means by which women slip past the confines of those roles. Those means are, in this case, food and sex -- mostly sex. The adventures catalogued here are going to be familiar territory to any readers of pre-modern bawdry like medieval French fabliaux, Boccaccio, Chaucer, or The Arabian Nights, but Aretino's book distinguishes itself ...more
Gertrude & Victoria
Pietro Aretino, regarded and remembered as the originator of European pornography, explores the lives of sexually-starved women in this most scandalous of works, The Secret Life of Wives.

The novel is told by Nanna to her trusted and like-minded friend Antonia. With every anecdote, decent citizens are made to blush, but then allow themselves to be lured and led further into the indecent world of female carnal passions. These stories are shocking, yet possess an underlying humor. Aretino can be co
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Glen
Yes extremely amusing ... Full of loose morals ... But all descriptions reasonably tasteful ...
Jo
Sequel to The Secret Life of Nuns where Nanna and Antonia continue their conversation about what women really get up to. Good bawdy fun and an excellent translation.
Ero
16th-century Italian smut/satire. Full of hilarious euphemisms and mean-spirited gossip, translated into very contemporary-feeling vernacular English.
Mike
Highly entertaining and very well written! Aretino has more words for sex and its constituent parts than one would realize was possible.
Tamara
Delightfully fun smut! Sacrilegious, voluptuous and packed full of whimsy and metaphor.
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Pietro Aretino was an Italian author, playwright, poet and satirist who wielded immense influence on contemporary art and politics and invented modern literate pornography.
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