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Emmanuelle (Emmanuelle #1)

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  674 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Versione integrata dall'autrice con parti in origine eliminate per scrupolo. Emmanuelle è una giovane donna che pratica l'erotismo con totale naturalezza e libertà: un personaggio-emblema della liberazione sessuale. Le sue avventure impetuose hanno per scenario tanto gli attici parigini quanto le case d'appuntamento di Bangkok.
Paperback, 150 pages
Published 1996 by Mondadori (first published 1959)
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Manny
I could easily write a cop-out, only-read-Playboy-for-the-stories type of review here. Lot of very interesting philosophical insights, perhaps a bit too much sex, that kind of thing. Fellow GoodReaders, I cannot lie to you. Nothing could in fact be further from the truth. I wolfed down the first two-thirds of this book, which consist of one juicy sex scene after another. Then she met dull, creepy, manipulative Mario, and we got started on the philosophy. I felt my eyes closing. I tried several t ...more
Jennifyre Ziegler
Believe it or not this is one of the first novels I ever read...in elementary school about 5th grade. I found it in my Fathers closet..among other things *grin* I know..eww it was my Dad but trust me when I say all I had to do was open the book to forget.

I have to say that although I have not reread it since then it is embedded in my memory as one of the most provocative and far from boring books I ever read ; )
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Ami Nicholson
This book was terrible. T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E! I suffered through the first 125 pages and kept reading, because I thought that it simply had to get better. It is a fairly popular classic French underground novel. I have read several of those, including Story Of O, and this was the worst by far. Other than the quality of the writing, which was pretty decent, I have nothing good to say about Arsan's work. There is little character development with any of the characters, and all of the relationships were ...more
Richard Duerden
Emmanuelle was a real eye opener when I read it as a teenager. I didn't know such things were allowed!

I have recently re-read some of it and it is still very sexy, well written and almost best of all, gloriously French and sophisticated.

I wonder how popular it would be if just published now?

If you like erotica I thoroughly recommend Emmanuelle. You might enjoy some old school yet classy writing.
Evie
Read it on a lark but was surprised to find that it was fairly good read for a small paperback erotica. Dealt a lot with hedonistic philosophy and poly ethics. I was impressed by how literate and engaging it was, having watched the spin off television series more than once.
Paul
I read this as a teenage boy; not for the philosophical bits at the back!! Enough said.
Lyn
This book left me profoundly confused, I did not know what to make of it - until I learned that the author is actually a man (husband of 'Emmanuelle'), then it started to make sense.

There's an important issue - is the book written as a manifest on liberating the female sexuality or is it a piercing analysis of sexuality of that milieu? Was it the second case, I'd give four stars then (one less for repetitivity and boring pace). Unfortunately, it is widely read the other way, therefore highly pr
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Lenny Nero
Classic Smut review! Half erotic memoir and half philosophical treatise on eroticism, this book is a quasi-autobiographical account of Emmanuelle Arsan's(pen name of Marayat Rollet-Andriane) sexual adventures in Thailand as a diplomat's wife. Needless to say, their marriage defines the term 'open'. She has many lovers and she and them both expound incessantly on the nature of eroticism.

The sex scenes and most of the first half of this book are just great, with that subtle prose that one gets fro
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M.
So, blah blah blah early on in high school as I fell under the sway of 'cult cinema' I was eventually inundated to the world of trashy erotic cinema, not porn, but filled with sex, and of course lots of it was French, and then I got my first taste of the philosophy of sex, then I became obsessed with Bataille, etc etc etc.

The point is I saw the first 5 (yeah, I went that far) Emmanuelle movies (and a handful of the Black Emanuelle movies) probably seven or eight years ago. They're good, mostly.
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Jose Vera
Emmanuelle es un libro escrito en 1959 y contiene todo el espíritu de liberación sexual e independencia de la época. Su carácter provocador y desinhibido hizo que se publicara clandestinamente y fue considerado literatura pornográfica durante largo tiempo. Se hizo una exitosa adaptación a la novela con Sylvia Kristel como Emmanuelle en 1974.
Emmanuelle es una joven francesa de 19 años recién casada que está viajando a Bangkok para reunirse con su esposo. Es en este primer capítulo, en este primer
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Jim Dooley
Telling people that I was reading EMMANUELLE almost universally brought a vivid recounting of having watched the original movie. Indeed, a number of folks were entirely unaware that the movie was made from the book, rather than the book (if there was one) being a movie tie-in. It is a little like hearing "The Blue Danube" waltz and being able to think only of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.

For those cinephiles who are curious, the book does share a number of scenes with the movie, yet also has some disti
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Patrícia Amorim
The beginning of the story promised to be something very good, but it turned out to be a plot extremely bored .. Mario's character could not be more boring with its pseudo philosophical considerations .. totally exaggerated and unnecessary, killing the story instead of the make it even more exciting and full of eroticism. What a disappointment!
Elizabeth
Will give you sexy dreams.
Boris
The young and beautiful wife of a Diplomat follows her husband to Bangkok where she's about to meet new people and having various exotic and erotic encounters.
The story is very well written and the descriptions ot the erotic scenes are explicit and tastefully worded.
Very hot stuff!
And then comes Mario. He wants to teach Emanuelle the true philosophie of eroticism.
Well, what shall I say. Pretty much the rest of the book is a lot of hot air about the true path to pleasure. Eroticism that sounds li
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Adrian Colesberry
The book is actually very well represented by the first movie with Sylvia Krystel. A little sex and pages of talky nonsense. Practically the entire last half of the book is the extended sequence where she is turned over to Mario for her sexual education, very much like in the Story of O. But in between the interminable and boring philosophical blather from Mario, the action becomes much more rapey and creepy than could possibly have been represented in the movie. In a strange way, even though th ...more
Peter Timbrell
This was the first erotic book I ever read and certainly left an impression. Beautifully written, it's an evocative novel using autobiographical narrative that portrays the adventures of Emmanuelle who, together with her husband, travels to Bangkok to further her sexual experiences. In my opinion this is a classic piece of erotica.
Antonella
I had found it in a second hand bookshop and bought it because I was curious about this book, much talked about in the Seventies. I've just found again in my library and I'm giving it away. See why in the review by Lyn.
Kaisha Khalifeh
In spite of all the bad reviews I found myself quite enjoying this book. It has the dated/vintage feel of Lady Chatterley's Lover and the pervy feel of Anis Nin. A great old fashioned erotic novel for hanging out in your villa with your young naked friends. Or not.
Maria
You need to look past the shock value to find the literary genius in this one. I recommend holding out until the final pages which are filled with passages contemplating class, sex, and life itself in a magnificent manor.
Chuck Knudsen
Kind of a fun porny read, but it gets bogged down in the latter half by something that can only be described as an Ayn Rand-style diatribe on the sexes. Weird move.
Mina Soare
Nov 23, 2014 Mina Soare marked it as foreign-lang-maybes  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, romance
To quote the husband of the woman who recommended this, I'm "reading it for the philosophy".
Isabel Maia
Emmanuelle casou muito nova com Jean. Depois de um ano a viver sozinha em Paris, esta junta-se a ele em Bangkok. A sua estadia revela-se um turbilhão de novas sensações, onde a personagem principal procura viver a sua sexualidade de um modo total, sem tabus nem pudores.
Este é o primeiro livro que leio daqueles que estão dentro da classificação de literatura erótica. Apesar de em alguns momentos, o livro ser um pouco chato graças à constante exposição de teorias filosóficas relacionadas com o ero
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DoctorM
Well, yes. The first "Emmanuelle" film, made in c. 1974. The very young Sylvia Kristel, with pixie-cut hair. Exotic settings--- Bangkok, the Concorde. Elegantly choreographed sex. Very, very hot. The novel...well, no less hot. Far too much talking, of course--- pages of tortured philosophising about pleasure and the joys of hedonism. But as erotica, some brilliantly powerful moments. All in all, erotica worth having in one's permanent collection.
Marzena
I guess I'm not into classics of any kind, because I find them terribly overrated and boring. This one took me over 4 months to read. It was so boring that one day I put it down and came back to finish reading three months later. It's just not appealing. It's got a lot of pseudo-philosophical talking, lots of pseudo-intelligent pondering and little to no action. Emmanuelle is a waste of time that would put anyone to sleep.
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
Mi era stato descritto come una specie di capolavoro della letteratura erotica, per gli anni sessanta forse, quando il libro è stato scritto, al giorno d'oggi lo trovo banale, dalla trama fin troppo forzata e dilatata, tanto che alcune pagine mi hanno letteralmente annoiato.

Cercato e letto come prima lettura erotica, come prima lettura proibita, è risultato essere poco interessante e presto dimenticato.
Biserka
Let me be honest... I read this book when I was way to young for reading material like that. We got this book for free with a newspaper edition and it just landed on a shelf. Everyone forgot about it, until I discovered it, read it and as I remember enjoyed it, but as I'm swiping through this book today, it's not much...
Mica
My first erotica literature and I was underwhelmed. I didn't exactly know what I was expecting but not this. I don't get the idea why this was considered underground literature - I mean, WHY?

Maybe times have indeed changed. Maybe I have more scandalous thoughts than I could even accept. Maybe I just had too much expectation.

I dare say, this is quite vanilla.

Nothing wrong with vanilla right?
Rosalie La Rochelle
50% erotismo 50% filosofia da due soldi. Peccato. Dopo un inizio interessante (mi ero eccitata con il ditalino in aereo, e il ménage à trois lesbo verso metà libro sembrava divertente), è arrivato un "finale" di metà libro in cui non è stata solo la protagonista a prenderci l'inculata, ma anche il lettore.
http://myrosalie.wordpress.com/
Ellen Dela
I like good erotica. This was poorly written and failed to hold my interest.
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Emmanuelle Arsan, née Marayat Bibidh, aussi Marayat, Marajat, Kramsaseddinsh, Krasaesundh, Krassaesibor, Virajjakkam, Virajjakam, Virajjakari, Rollet-Andriane, Bibidh. Née en 1932 ou en 1940 à Bangkok, romancière française d'origine thaïlandaise.

Emmanuelle Arsan, born Marayat Bibidh, also Marayat, Marajat, Kramsaseddinsh, Krasaesundh, Krassaesibor, Virajjakkam, Virajjakam, Virajjakari, Rollet-Andr
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