The Way of a Man with a Maid (Harper Perennial Forbidden Classics)
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The Way of a Man with a Maid (Harper Perennial Forbidden Classics)

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  77 ratings  ·  12 reviews
‘The Way of a Man with a Maid’ is a foray into pleasure, pain, lesbianism and etiquette – told from the viewpoint of a quintessential Edwardian gent. Having first appeared in Parisian journals around the turn of the century, it is widely acknowledged to be a defining example of the erotic genre, and reveals the dark underbelly of human sexuality.

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 19th 2009 by Harper Perennial (first published 1885)
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
You know how, during Victorian times, there was a great wealth of vaudeville and doctors using vibrators on female patients and such naughty stuff, as if the very emphasis on hiding coffee table legs because they supposedly made men think of women's ankles produced, in direct contrast, a great thirst for porn. If you had thought that maybe, a hundred years and more ago, people's imaginations were much tamer than they are today, you'd be very very wrong (in fact, the history of sex is literally a...more
Oct 20, 2007 Angela rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: kinky people and those who wonder
i found this book simply enthralling. had never read a book like it before. got me hot and bothered, was entertaining, and well-written. i just really enjoyed it.
Vittoria Corella

"Why doesn't someone simply report Jack to the police?"
Te lo chiedi dall’inizio alla fine: ma a ‘sto tizio non lo denuncia nessuno?
Libro erotico sottile come un preservativo ricavato da una camera d’aria del giro d’Italia, narra le prodezze di Jack (un nome, un destino) che ogni volta che viene rifiutato da una ragazza, la rapisce, la porta in una specie di sotterraneo molto De Sade e la stupra con tale e tanta fantasia, che la tizia di turno, invece che...more
The fact that the majority of the sex described in this is non-consensual could make the writing offensive or shocking to the modern reader. Jack is an enterprising rapist who somehow gets away with it every time, and even converts his victims into lovers and accomplices. This beggars belief in the first instance, but when it happens two more times, you just shrug your shoulders or roll your eyes and go along with it; because, just like modern erotica, the credulity of the plot tends to be besid...more
Phil Syphe
Rather than being a sinister sexual tale as I suspected it to be, this story contains much humour, and even when Jack – the anti-hero – is pushing his female victims to their sexual limits, at no point does any sense of horror creep through.

The anonymous author writes in a light-hearted tone throughout, often making me smile or even laugh. It’s as comical a tale as it is sexual. The well-spoken characters sound amusing when they suddenly use an expletive or ‘talk dirty’. Somehow what normally st...more
As an educational piece on what turned our Edwardian ancestors on, this was fascinating. It was clearly written by a man with the attitude that all women want it really and once they've been 'had' they'll become wanton little hussies who'll hump anything that moves. Some of it was kind of hot but mostly it just made me giggle at how ridiculous it was.
what the freak did I just read...

you know when you watch a slasher film... like American Psycho... and you HAVE to watch Christian Bale kill all those people... meticulously plan their deaths then clean up after them? That's how I felt reading about the rapes of five women. The first, Alice, was a virgin who had turned down the advances of Jack and as punishment, he planned her rape... even getting custom made furniture that clasps on its occupant to hold them in place. Somehow Alice enjoys it a...more
This is one of those books you know you should not enjoy but you just can't help but like it. You first start reading it and realise it's about Jack is planning on capturing Alice and rapping your till she submits to him and he doe's lots of things to her which she really enjoys. He ends up getting four more women and doing the same but with these one's Alice help it is a very sexy hot erotica if you just put the rape out of your head and just enjoy the experiences the women go through, he doesn...more
I have never been that interested in erotica, bt I had heard a lot about this book and wanted to know what all the hoopla was about. It was definitely a shocking, disgusting, revolting book. If this is erotica at its best, I prefer to stay away from such books. The one surprising thing I found out later was that although the book was published anonymously, it has come to light that the author was a woman. A woman writing like a man, I have to salute her, for the book is written like a man, for a...more
$1.99 on Nook. Originally published anonymously in a Parisian journal in the late 19th-early 20th century.
The second erotic book I stated before not my style.
My the French really are......
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