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Valerie and Her Week of Wonders by Vítězslav Nezval
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Nov 03, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: lechery, liked-the-movie-better-whoops
Read in December, 2009

I will finish what Li could not!

And I did.
I suggest watching the 1970 film version, first. Due to the surreal nature of the narrative, the movie is a lot more open to interpretation and lends for a really dreamy experience.
The book, written in the third person, answers any questions the movie inspires. Inspired by Victorian serial novels, the writing is very straightforward and fast-paced and throws the protagonist,Valerie,a newly-menstruating 17 year old, into many debauched situations where her "virtue" (I AM TALKING ABOUT HER VIRGINITY IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW, SHHHH.) is endangered.
I hate to push the ol' Alice and Wonderland comparison, but they are very similar, mainly because most of the dialogue comes in the form of bickering. It's great!

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