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

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  165 ratings  ·  22 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
Hunger For Knowledge
No doubt, A Man with a Maid (The Way of a Man with a Maid) has its place in the history of the erotic literature and it's something for everyone to read.

Seemingly the story has all the ingredients to make a good, twisted erotic tale; sadomasochism, bondage, lesbianism and incest that mostly take place in a "sexual torture room" owned by main character Jack.

And oh boy, Jack definitely is something. He has this incredible talent to turn rape to consensual love making, turn sexual humiliation to e
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Angela
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.
V.W. Singer
First published in 1908, this classic of erotica has largely been forgotten or ignored by todays readers. Others criticise it for it's lack of imagination, strange social attitudes, and unrealistic or incomprehensible behaviour of its characters. And yet, I have chosen to give the book five stars. Let me tell you why.

[Spoiler Warning!]



For a start, this book is just about the precursor to all the basic BDSM tropes and fantasy stories to be found today.

Haughty woman snubs her boyfriend. Boyfriend
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Vittoria Corella
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"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
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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
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Jo
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.
Eve Kay
This story was an entertaining piece of easy reading. I soon noted that it is deffinitely not meant to be taken seriously. The storytelling makes it quite obvious. So out the window go my feminist initial "Oh how dare he!" reactions and in comes the "Oh how he certainly does!" reactions.
With all its very frank descriptions of matters of, well, sex it cannot have been meant for no other reason than to be something fun readers can enjoy without judgement.
And, theeeeeen...It got quite repetetive, a
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Monnette
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
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Tracey
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
Ivy
The Mother/Daughter incest was unnecessary and made me cringe, but otherwise a very enjoyable read.
Ari
When I was a teenager I thought this was perphaps the best erotic novel I read in those days. Thus I decided to read it againg. Somewhat a disappointment as reminiscences so often tend to be. Probably teenaged boys are easier to entertain on this field :-)

Anyway, I read this trough and there were still bits and pieces which were titillating. Every man should have a room like that. Let alone female friends :-)

Ok. This was a classic and can be therefore considered a "must read". I might try the re
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PenNPaper52
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
Helena
Ridiculous and repetitive, with a dash of unnecessary incest. Easily the most useless book I've ever read.
Sylvie
how time has changed. what was considered best-selling, scandalous literature in Victorian times now reads like a note between two sixth-grade boys. well, there are some SAT level words in it, but other than that...eh.

it would also be a whole lot sexier if she didn't keep screaming "no." just sayin'.
Sandra
$1.99 on Nook. Originally published anonymously in a Parisian journal in the late 19th-early 20th century.
Lorma
The second erotic book I read..as stated before not my style.
vie
ahh well its a "nice" book for those cold rainy winter days :">
Michael Leviton
This book is too hot to read on the subway. Seriously.
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Kona
My the French really are......
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