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The Secret Life of Wives

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
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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Jun 25, 2012 Donella rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 06, 2007 Jacob rated it it was amazing
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
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Feb 19, 2009 Gertrude & Victoria rated it it was ok
Shelves: italian-library
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
Jul 24, 2016 Charmin rated it really liked it
Interviews with “Vintage Wives” who’ve been married 20+ years and still happy.
1. You don’t get it all from one person in one place; Separate Summers—have retreats alone where you can focus on your hobby or soul searching, time for renewal without worrying about anyone else’s needs.
2. Healthy couples give each other space to grow WITHIN the marriage.
3. Aloneness can enhance intimacy.
4. Feed your soul so you don’t resent marriage.*
5. Ask: What do I need to do to WANT to stay marrie
Jun 30, 2014 Glen rated it it was amazing
Yes extremely amusing ... Full of loose morals ... But all descriptions reasonably tasteful ...
Sep 18, 2007 Tamara rated it it was amazing
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Delightfully fun smut! Sacrilegious, voluptuous and packed full of whimsy and metaphor.
Nov 07, 2011 Jo rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 01, 2008 Ero rated it really liked it
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16th-century Italian smut/satire. Full of hilarious euphemisms and mean-spirited gossip, translated into very contemporary-feeling vernacular English.
Aug 28, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing
Highly entertaining and very well written! Aretino has more words for sex and its constituent parts than one would realize was possible.
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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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