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Emmanuelle (Emmanuelle #1)

3.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  784 Ratings  ·  49 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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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
Oct 01, 2009 Jennifyre Ziegler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Believe it or not this is one of the first novels I ever 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
Aug 16, 2014 Ami Nicholson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 09, 2011 Evie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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.
Sep 19, 2011 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as a teenage boy; not for the philosophical bits at the back!! Enough said.
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
May 24, 2010 M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2010
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.
This was the first R-rated movie I saw as an under-age teenager escorting my brother. While it may have made an impression at that time, I certainly did not have any conversations with anyone to either explain or debrief about my experience. Now almost four decades later I read the book and come across the philosophy within it.

In some ways it scares me and in others I appreciate the liberation it offers. Ultimately I have to ask under whose guidance can such a philosophy be a liberation rather
Steve Vander
One of the first films I saw of an erotic nature was Emmanuelle. Certain scenes stayed with me afterwards. They were interesting scenes. Most of said scenes were not in this book. They might have been in a sequel, or I'm remembering things that occurred in a sequel film. I know there are more books, and more films.

There is something of a frustrating nature to this book. Emmanuelle is open to sex, to pleasure, to fooling around. And she's quite happy of that fact. While at the same time she's, to
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
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
Patrícia Amorim
Jun 18, 2013 Patrícia Amorim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Barbara Girard
L'histoire insipide d'une fille insipide, dans un décor de rêve. L'auteure sait quand même utilisé les mots et faire de jolies tournures de phrase, mais c'est bien tout ce qui lui a valu la note de 2 étoiles.

Emmanuelle est une fille immature et niaise qui n'existe qu'à travers le regard des autres. Elle n'a pas de volonté propre ni d'autres qualités que sa beauté physique. Heureusement pour elle, grace à son amitié avec une fille de 13 ans et de Mario, un italien homosexuel, Emmanuelle apprendr
Fredrick Danysh
Apr 05, 2016 Fredrick Danysh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
An erotic novel of the 1960s set in Thailand about the sexual explorations of a young woman. Very explicit.
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everyone is annoying
marie anne is a special kind of annoying
May 15, 2007 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trashy, français
Will give you sexy dreams.
Lexxi Kitty
Emmanuelle is one of the first erotic adult films I saw long long ago. It had a plot! And erotic stuff, and nudity, and did I mention it had a plot? To a certain extent there were more erotic scenes than sex scenes, though there were those as well. I knew that it was based on a book but . . . well, many things kept me from actually hunting down and reading the book. I’ll just mention that I liked, say, Planet of the Apes film a lot more than the book – another French book that had been translate ...more
Aug 23, 2014 Boris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Adrian Colesberry
Apr 11, 2009 Adrian Colesberry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kelly Ritter
Talk about straight up inappropriate sex- this book starts out with a bang in the "erotic novel" arena. It's a very steamy read but wrong on multiple levels. Then when the book finally gets to its point as to why the characters are the way the are and its general gist as a story, it's BORING. It lost my attention very quickly… but mainly because I read it strictly for the smut, and when it got to analytical I got bored. Decent read though.
Peter Timbrell
Oct 12, 2014 Peter Timbrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
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.
Mar 29, 2015 Antonella rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 10, 2015 Kaisha Khalifeh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 14, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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: romance, french
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
Feb 03, 2016 Kaz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
my rating stands for the first half of the book. i skipped most after that, only reading the last few pages as closure .
Bill Ramsell
Not entirely what I was expecting.
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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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