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Granta 110: Sex (Granta #110)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  120 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Sex is our oldest obsession. For as long as we've been doing it, it has been used as a mark of decline and a measure of progress. It has been at the center of rituals and responsible for revolutions. We make money from it, hide behind it, prohibit and promote it. It relaxes us, revolts us, hurts us, and helps us. But whatever we think about it, however we do it, it defines ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by Grove Press, Granta (first published February 1st 2010)
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Vanessa Wu
The picture on the front cover is the best thing about this edition of Granta. It was a cynical attempt to woo new subscribers. They still use this edition in adverts, even though it's quite old now. Oh, and there was a recent twist on this idea called The F Word. Disappointingly, the F stands for feminisim.

There is a nice story by Marie Darrieusecq in this sex edition. Perhaps calling it a story is too kind, although she calls it a story. It's more of an anecdote. There are some drawings of ani
This was a largely disappointing issue of Granta. Just proves that sex is more fun to have than to write or read about. The really good pieces in this issue are at the end.
Am half way through this literary journal and the only reason I’m making the effort, is I’ve been a subscriber for years and have always read it cover to cover. The suggestive illustration on the cover was definitely a heads-up that I wouldn’t like the book. Almost all the stories and poems are about graphic sex, which in my mind is just plain stupid and doesn’t require a great deal of imagination. I almost always single out particular stories I like, but not here. Even when I could admire the w ...more
This one turned out to not be that great. Favorites: the allegorical Tokyo Island by Natsuo Kirino, the war and post-war pieces My Queer War by James Lord Zeppelin by Herta Muller, Silence by Michael Symmons Roberts about staying in a monastery, Park Life by Rupert Thompson about selling books in NYC, and The Agony of Intimacy by Jeanette Winterson a take on Greek mythology. I'm eventually going to look up a few of these authors when I get the chance. This is For You by Emmanuel Carrere was one ...more
Feb 04, 2011 Jenny rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jenny by: Cynthia
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Some of the stories in this literary journal were 3-4 stars but the rest drove the mean down to 2 stars. The opening story, "The Unwriteable" by Mark Doty, stood out. It's about the dissolution of a marriage and a person's sexual awakening. "Rosseau and the Pussycat" by Marie Darrieussecq was clever and cute, and James Lord in "My Queer War" had some good metaphors but was a little heavy-handed. Granta also has photo essays so check out the one of empty porn sets. The only thing consistent in al ...more
This was a disappointing collection by Granta's usually high standards. They have obviously made a deliberate attempt to compile a book about sex that isn't sexy, but few of the stories have any real insight to offer. Tokyo Island by Natsuo Kirino and the Fig Tree and the Wasp by Brian Chikwava were the strongest stories. If you're looking to buy a Granta collection I would recommend one of the family-themed ones instead.

Nice cover though.
Laryssa Wirstiuk
Well, first of all, my copy is better than everyone else's copy because I had it signed by both Jennifer Egan and Mark Doty. But besides that, this issue of Granta was just okay. I didn't love every piece included, and I couldn't even get through some of them. My favorites, however, include: Mark Doty's "The Unwriteable," Victor LaValle's "Long Distance," Rupert Thomson's "Park Life," and Jeanette Winterson's "The Agony of Intimacy."
Especially liked The Unwritable by Mark Doty, The Redhead by Roberto Bolano, Rosseau and the Pussycat by Marie Darrieussecq, the Fig Tree and The Wasp by Brian Chikwava, Silence by M.S. Roberts, This is For You by Emmanuel Carrere, Park Life by Rupert Thomson and The Agony of Intimacy by Jeanette Winterson, who's writing I haven't particularly enjoyed in the past.
A disappointing collection of pieces. One would think the subject matter provided enough fodder for a really meaty read but this volume fell grossly short of excellent writing. Definitely missable.
so varied. sooooo different approaches to the same subject matter. interesting.
Apr 14, 2010 ·Karen· marked it as partially-read  ·  review of another edition
I've hardly even looked at work, and now sex is here already. Hmmm.
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Found this a bit of a struggle to finish.
Helen Smith
Loved the Jeanette Winterson story in this.
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