I found this book long after discovering "Delta of Venus" as a boy on someone's book shelf. I read "Little Birds" as an adult and I believe it shouldI found this book long after discovering "Delta of Venus" as a boy on someone's book shelf. I read "Little Birds" as an adult and I believe it should be taken in tandem with the former rather than separately.
What I can say is that thanks to encountering Anias Nin as a boy, I grew up viewing sexuality and sexual attraction as something that takes place mostly in the mind and it is that tension that she describes, between desire and fear/exhileration, and the surrender that her characters often go through that has made for a very healthy sense of the sexual in my life. I view this as a stark contrast to most of my other male friends who only view sexuality through the somewhat crude lens of pornography. I would recommend Nin's books to them, but I am almost certain they would hate them.
So Nin had a positive effect on my life, and contributed to my understanding of the way the female mind views sexuality. I can't think of a higher compliment to give her.
I would also just add that its healthy for a mind to sometimes entertain thoughts for which you wouldn't morally approve. This is the very nature of the illicit, and why we are attracted to it in the first place. ...more
I had the sneaking suspicion while reading this book that Suskind was swilling giant glasses of beer, smoking a pipe and laughing to himself as he wroI had the sneaking suspicion while reading this book that Suskind was swilling giant glasses of beer, smoking a pipe and laughing to himself as he wrote. The narrative reeks of self-pleasure and this is one of the qualities I relished about it. There are a number of moments where I laughed out loud (including the end where I re-read the last paragraph multiple times). Rarely have I enjoyed a read as much as I enjoyed this one. It was like calling in sick and staying home laying on the couch, eating junk food and watching the History Channel all day. In some deep receding place of perversity I think we identify with Grenouille. He innocently pursues his vices the way a kid might compulsively grab thier own genitals. His existential consideration of his own plight, coupled with his drive to be left alone is somewhat akin to an animal....yet this is a cunning, clever little pervert of an animal. In considering Grenouille's character arc, I'm tempted to draw allusions to King Lear, but the truth is that Grenouille wouldn't care for such things so I won't bother. I'll leave you with a vision of his little hunchbacked form walking briskly across the countryside, stopping occasionally to sniff the air..dreaming sweet dreams of that one perfect scent! ...more
Oh this book was so creative!! It is just vast in its immensity and scope! I put it on the bookshelf right between Herman Melville and Vladamir NabokoOh this book was so creative!! It is just vast in its immensity and scope! I put it on the bookshelf right between Herman Melville and Vladamir Nabokov even though thats not alphabetical order. I Don't care! It deserves its place amongst the great ones!! Maybe "Moby Dick", "A Tale of Two Cities"...and "Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers"!! Hmmmmmm. I love reading books written in Pidgen English about bratty young children going through adolescence. I also particularly love it when there is an older grandparent figure that seems to be the only one the adolescent can relate to. How creative!! I like the wonderful arguments the protagonist gets into with her teacher when she is asked to speak English properly in order to communicate effectively.
Wow that teacher sure was culturally insensitive. Who does she think she is....I mean Really.....a teacher?? Whats SHE ever done with HER life?
I also like how college professors can assign this book in order to meet the new multi-cultural requirements of our public education system, thereby presenting the appearance that they are culturally aware institutions.
This book helped me to finally realize that The Northern European Culture is evil and that I should kill myself (Being a white male) to rid the world of my presence. I'm going to jump off a cliff......but not without my copy of Bully Burgers!! ...more