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En brazos de la mujer madura

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  1,153 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
Es éste el falso relato autobiográfico de un profesor de filosofía plagado de erotismo, imaginación, inteligencia y una curiosa sensibilidad. Habla de las primeras relaciones, de los amores, desamores, desaires, soledad y angustia de los adolescentes y de la satisfactoria relación con una mujer madura, bella y comprensiva. Esta novela, considerada un clásico contemporáneo ...more
Published 1989 by Editorial Seix Barral, S.A. (first published 1965)
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Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Despite the outstanding humor, this book saddened me. I read it too late. Had I managed to get hold of this masterpiece when I was a teenager, I would have had a more colorful and satisfactory sex life.

I won't spoil your fun of reading it by giving you the plot. But the author's dedication and a quote from Benjamin Franklin in its first chapter would give you an idea of what the book is all about. The dedication reads:

"This book is dedicated to older women
and is addressed to young men--
and the c
On my first day back to reading friends’ comments on Goodreads after a hiatus of several months, I came across a reference to Stephen Vizinczey. For the months I was away, I hadn’t been able to concentrate on reading myself, but I was anxious to write again. Since my blog is about reading, however, I could only really write if I could read. The title of this book appealed to me and I would see if perhaps I could concentrate.

In Praise… is fiction in the guise of autobiography. The young male char
Lisa Lieberman
Nov 05, 2014 Lisa Lieberman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terribly clever, but not in an arch way. Vizinczey's worldliness is somehow fresh. Only at the end of the book does he begin to look at life with tired eyes, no longer quite so eager to embrace (literally and figuratively) all it offers. I especially enjoyed how the budding writer, as an adolescent, applied the lessons he learned from great nineteenth-century authors to his own seduction campaigns:
Perhaps if I hadn't been reading Anna Karenina I wouldn't have been struck by the fact that she was
Darran Mclaughlin
Jul 27, 2011 Darran Mclaughlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mittel-europe
An excellent book. In Praise of Older Women is sexy without being sexist, warm and funny. It has a European sophistication and worldliness without being dry. Vizinczey has a positive attitude in spite of describing going through horrific situations like fleeing the Nazi, participating in the attempted revolution against the Soviets in 56 and becoming a refugee, leaving behind his family and friends. This should be a cult classic that young people read as eagerly as Salinger or Kerouac.
Jigar Brahmbhatt
Jul 07, 2011 Jigar Brahmbhatt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That Vizinczey is a nuanced writer is beyond doubt. Being a European immigrant, he has brilliant command over English language and his amorous descriptions have a subtle wisdom to them. Here is a book which charts the various flings a man has had in his youth, and there was no way I'd have bothered to read it had the book restricted itself to just that. It's a sympathetic and delightful account of the sexual education of one Andras Vajda. For Andras, older women are a medium to learn not only ab ...more
Oct 21, 2008 Tyler rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think maybe I was expecting something more like a literary equivalent of Francois Truffaut's The Man Who Loved Women: a chronicle of obsessive skirt-chasing that starts out breezy and frivolous, but ends up as a surprisingly poignant picture of a life spent in lust. Unfortunately, this book is nothing so deep, and it's not even really that entertaining. No book of "amorous recollections" should be as lifeless and unengaging as this one. Each one of the book's series of women are rendered in su ...more
Aug 10, 2011 Bev rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mcpl-book
It's hard to believe that I now fit in Andras Vadja's definition of the "older woman" (30s and 40s).....

This is a lushly erotic book that still manages to provide several coy refusals. Just like the experiences cataloged in the amorous recollections of Andras Vadja. It is an engrossing story of a young man growing up among older women; learning to love and to make love from older women...and doing it while going through war and revolution and personal discovery. It has all the eroticism of a tru
I read a few pages once while browsing in a bookshop. Maiden aunts, stay well clear.
Bastian Greshake
Yet another review on a subject I'm totally biased on. With only one notable exception I've only had serious relationships with what would qualify for 'older women' in the sense of this book, so take this with the needed grain of salt.

Vizinczey gives his motivation for this semi-autobiographical book right away in the introduction: “This book is addressed to young men and dedicated to older women – and the connection between the two is my proposition. I'm not an expert on sex, but I was a good
Lisabet Sarai
Mar 27, 2016 Lisabet Sarai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This slender pseudo-memoir has been on my shelves forever. Honestly, I have no recollection as to where I acquired it, but given the copyright date (1965) and the price scribbled in ballpoint pen on the flyleaf, I suspect a used bookstore (in some country...) was involved.

I'm pleased to see that it's still available, in several editions, because it's a delightful book--witty, self-deprecating, socially astute, politically informative and impressively erotic. I say "impressively" because despite
Oct 04, 2010 Thechicgeek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Praise of Older Women is delightful. I thoroughly enjoyed Stephen Vizincezey's charming tale and his joy and praise for women. I found myself smiling and laughing as I read along with his adventures. This is a man I would love to meet! If you're looking for a light and fun escape from the world, open and read this classic! You won't be disappointed.
Benjamin Karam
May 21, 2016 Benjamin Karam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More than a book about women, 'In Praise of Older Women' is about war and changing landscapes, about war and the social relationships it harbors. Underneath it all, it is the story of a boy growing up amidst the company of older women. It is different from a proustian recollection but equally potent and beautiful. I regret not having read this book sooner.

Highly recommended for both sexes.
Justin Rock
Dec 20, 2010 Justin Rock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish I would have found this book when I was 16. This journey of a young man discovering and exploring his sexuality is both humorous and tragic. Mostly, this book offers a glimpse into the human experience and struggles of relating to others sexually.
Jan 13, 2014 Philipp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of fun and the kind of book I wish I had read earlier, at, let's say, around 16? Contains immense respect and love towards humans, especially women. And it's fun!

Recommended for: people who visit Reddit's redpill, so they can see what they're missing, stuck in their weird worldview.
Michael D
Aug 06, 2011 Michael D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well written bildungsroman of a Hungarian man and his troubled entrance into the sexual arena - I loved the distant gaze of the main character and his descriptions of sex, war and emotional intrigue ring totally true. Not a word wasted either - always a good thing.
Die deutsche Übersetzung ist leider viel lebendiger als das englische Original. Vizinczey hat es ein bischen zu ernst genommen mit der Knappheit.
Dec 16, 2008 Georg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, classic
If you like the English language, if you like sex, and if you like Hungary (no particular order here), this is your book.
Riyadh Hammadi
Jun 22, 2016 Riyadh Hammadi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

تعدد العلاقات هو الموضوع الرئيسي في رواية (في مديح النساء الأكبر سناً) لستيفن فيزينشي, وفيها يسرد أندراش علاقاته الغرامية وولعه بالنساء الأكبر منه سنا منذ أن كان طفلاً وحتى بلوغه سن الشباب. تخاطبه مايا بجدية "ستتعلم أن الحب نادراً ما يدوم وأنه من الممكن أن تحب أكثر من شخص واحد في وقت واحد". يرد عليها أندراش "تعنين أن لك صديقاً آخر؟ تجيب مايا: "عليك أن لا تقلق. فكرة أن بالإمكان حب شخص واحد هو سبب عيش معظم الناس في حيرة" 71

يزورها أندراش في شقتها فتخبره مايا أن بإمكانه العودة "لأن عند زوجها عشيقة و
Chris Wares
Feb 18, 2017 Chris Wares rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book turns out to be a fictional memoir rather than a true account of growing up in post-war Hungary but it still served as a good way of getting to feel what it might have been like to live in Hungary.

I can't quite remember how I came to learn about this book but it was recommended as a good book about Hungary. While it may not have told me quite as much as I was hoping about Budapest in the 1950s and 60s it was certainly entertaining and possibly educational too!
Stefi Pastori (Gloss)
Per caso ho adocchiato questo libro di Stephen Vizinczey nella libreria di un amico, dall'orrida copertina. Ho superato la titubanza dettata proprio dalla sua mancanza di attrattiva, per me che per 17 anni fui grafica. Mostra un'occhieggiante donna di mezza età dall'improbabile seno ritto. Se solo non si trattasse di una foto della Belle Epoque, si direbbero innaturali risultati di poco accurati chirurghi plastici contemporanei. Il colore di fondo della copertina appare sbiadito, facendo sembrar ...more
Jun 04, 2016 Jeroen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In his memoirs, the Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal spoke of Milan Kundera's oeuvre as a place "where sex ruled the world", and though he spoke lovingly, one could find in it an antagonism if not between the two great Czech writers themselves but between their styles, for if Hrabal ever writes about sex, it will be clumsy, awkward sex, more like that scene between Kafka and Frieda in The Castle than the steamy french kissing and dry-humping right in between protesters and police that happens in Kund ...more
Aug 04, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this is interesting. I picked up this book because I remembered seeing the movie on television many years ago when I must have been in my mid-teems. My memory has it that it was a Francois Truffaut directed movie, but having checked this just now I see that I might be confusing it with Truffaut's "The Man Who Loved Women". Yet I'm certain there was a section in the movie featuring a woman who was 'frigid' and therefore I guess it must have been George Kaczender's 1978 "In Praise Of Older W ...more
Jan 05, 2012 DoctorM rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who knows me should be well aware of the irony here--- someone with my tastes in lovely young companions reading a book with this title when I could be pursuing leggy comp-lit co-eds.'s a rather clever Bildungsroman, a lovely tale about a young Hungarian emigre and the lessons about life and love he learns from a series of older women. Vizinczey toys with making his hero (who may just be his alter ego) a kind of Julien Sorel, but then moves away from the darker side of that lin ...more
Jun 22, 2016 Byshoon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, it being a thinly disguised account of the guy shagging his way around the world. The comments regarding types of women and personality changes as age progresses are obviously anecdotal, and not generalisations. I liked that he was quite open in his approaches to women, about loving them for who they were, but not hiding behind a false pretended of being together forever and exclusive.

It felt like it read very similarly to Orwell's Down and Out accounts (which I'm
Ahmed Moghazy
رواية غريبة بعض الشيء، فهي تسرد سيرة بطلها الهنغاري أندراش من خلال إستعراض تجاربه مع النساء الناضجات من بداية مراهقته حتى أواخر عشريناته، مع تعديده لأسباب تفضيلة للنساء الناضجات عن الفتيات المراهقات أو الشابات من ذات عمره، وفي نفس الوقت يستعرض أحوال بلاده في تلك الفترة المضطربة من وقت الحرب العالمية الثانية و الإجتياح النازي، ثم تحت الحكم الشيوعي بعدما إنضمت بلاده للمعسكر الشرقي إبان الحرب الباردة، وصولا للإجتياح السوفييتي الذي أدى لهجرته إلى كندا و منها إلى أمريكا في نهاية الرواية.
الرواية مكتوب
Jan 11, 2012 Kape rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely one of the best books I've read. I am only sorry that I haven't read it when I was younger as it think it would've helped me understand relationships with women much better and not make bunch of mistakes I've made as an adolescent.

However, I definitely think Vizinczey's best book is An Innocent Millionaire. If you can find it (because it is out of print) - pick it up and read it... it contains so many insights and for me - it's definitely a masterpiece that can rightfully stan
Mar 06, 2016 Zei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ce que j'aimerais savoir est ceci: Andras est-il Stephen ou ce personnage est totalement fictif?
Aussi incroyablement variées et passionnantes que ces aventures elles restent proches de la nature humaine, si véridiques et si agrémentées de détails infimes qui vous font croire en leurs véracités.
Les femmes, d'un éventail d'âge assez large et étendu, des adolescentes pré-pubères aux vieilles presque séniles, dont la plupart témoignent d'une ardeur et d'une féminité sans égal, sont vicieuses, langou
Darren Chin
Jan 11, 2016 Darren Chin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I only wished I had read it before I turned 20 but in many ways, I am glad to have read it now that I am 23, to better my understanding of the things Vizinczey has to say. The book really brings to life the ignorance of boys for that holy grail of young male existence: sex and all the roses and thorns that comes with it in pursuit of a seemingly inane act. I don't know if non-males will like it, but they'd definitely enjoy it regardless. People say its comical but I think that it is one of the m ...more
Jun 22, 2007 Mads rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was crazy about this book when I was in high school. I liked the line about how young lovers are like the blind leading the blind. According to the author, the younger man-older woman is more of a European tradition. They have a "healthy" respect for age. While Americans are freakishly obsessed with youth. I'm not sure about Asian cultures? Maybe too diverse to give a sweeping statement?
Oct 13, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Engaging and written beautifully, with the kind of lucid and simple English that a lot of writers probably aspire to. It's funny and warm, and makes a refreshing change to read about a man who just loves women, especially the older ones.
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Hungarian author who studied under George Lukacs at the University of Budapest and graduated from the city's Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in 1956. Three of his plays were banned by the Hungarian Communist regime and in he took part in the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. After a short stay in Italy, he ended up in Canada speaking only 50 words of English, and eventually taking Canadian citizenship. ...more
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“I wonder, what kind of life would I have had if it hadn’t been for my mother’s tea-and-cookie parties? Perhaps it’s because of them that I’ve never thought of women as my enemies, as territories I have to conquer, but always as allies and friends - which I believe is the reason why they were friendly to me in turn. I’ve never met those she-devils you hear about: they must be too busy with those men who look upon women as a fortress they have to attack, lay waste and left in ruins.” 7 likes
“I had affairs with a few girls of my own age, and they taught me that no girl, however intelligent and war-hearted, can possibly know or feel half as much at twenty as she will at thirty-five.” 6 likes
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