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Granta 110: Sex (Granta #110)

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  139 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 15th 2010 by 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
another issue with high expectations that came a bit flat after a very strong beggining with outstanding non-fiction from M. Dotty (about his first experience as a gay man married with a woman) and fiction from N. Kirino (about a middle aged woman around some 20+ mostly young men who are shipwrecked on an isolated island), with a short but good story from R. Bolano in-between; however what follows wasn't as great except for stuff that was excerpted from novels by E. Carrere and H. Muller which i ...more
May 15, 2010 Lawrence rated it it was ok
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.
May 23, 2016 Alik rated it liked it
A very variegated experience. I've been cheated into reading Jennifer Egan by the way her story in this collection turned out to be a chapter of a book; I am thankful for that in the end. Beautiful Bolano, engaging, austere Chris Offutt, a nice story by Victor LaValle. On the other hand, almost everything translated from the French incredibly disappointing, especially Emmanuel Carrère, who seems to be a well-known author; the story Granta chose is one I'd burn and bury as a standard unit of medi ...more
Dinesh Raghavendra
Mar 08, 2016 Dinesh Raghavendra rated it liked it
This issue had a few good short stories. The one by Victor LaValle is funny. The others were pretty run of the mill. The Jeanette Winterson short story was boring. I liked the French dude's story which plays around the concept of per formative literature if your idea of performative is publicly masturbating on the LGV.
Jun 03, 2010 Nancy rated it did not like it
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
Jan 26, 2011 Randall rated it liked it
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 it was ok
Recommended to Jenny by: Cynthia
Shelves: subject-matter
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
Mar 10, 2012 Ronan rated it it was ok
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
Dec 22, 2012 Laryssa Wirstiuk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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."
May 13, 2010 Chris rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 30, 2012 Mahinn rated it it was ok
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.
Sep 18, 2010 Poupeh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
so varied. sooooo different approaches to the same subject matter. interesting.
Apr 14, 2010 ·Karen· marked it as partially-read
I've hardly even looked at work, and now sex is here already. Hmmm.
Feb 02, 2011 Bicefalus rated it it was ok
nota non comprare più riviste di letteratura
Oct 23, 2013 Jim rated it it was ok
Shelves: home
Found this a bit of a struggle to finish.
Helen Smith
Jun 19, 2010 Helen Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the Jeanette Winterson story in this.
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