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2.81  ·  Rating details ·  7,760 ratings  ·  881 reviews
18-årige Helen ligger på hospitalet efter en mislykket barbaring af røvhullet, og her gør hun sig tanker om alt det ved kvindekroppen, der sædvanligvis betagtes som ulækkert og skamfuldt: kussefolder, kussesaft, blod, prutter, lort og hæmorider. men i modsætning til det hykleriske og bakterieforskrækkede sygehusmiljø der omgiver hende, har Helen et frigjort og utilsløret l ...more
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Published 2009 by ATHENE (first published 2008)
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Aug 10, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Everyone says that this book is super gross. Honestly, I wasn't grossed out or amused by any of it. When I wasn't bored, I was annoyed. The "gross-out" parts made me feel like the book was written by a teenage boy with ridiculous fantasies of what women do behind closed doors. The stories Helen shared about things like spreading bacteria or what she did with avocado pits made me feel less like she was a strong woman with a "who-gives-a-crap" attitude, and more like she was just a perverted pre-t ...more
Jan 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s a book with a buzz. It’s the first German book to top the lists of Amazon bestsellers, and the one to which reviews referred to as a ‘feminist manifesto bordering pornography’. In truth, this book is both a tale of a troubled teenager, and a reaction to the artificial and sanitized model of femininity of the cosmetic ads and glossy magazines covers.
Helen, an 18-year-old heroin, desperately needs warmth and attention, but nobody really cares about her. She wants love; she wants her parents
When I was a kid, losing myself in stories and in novels, I sometimes wondered why we never read about characters going to the bathroom. Or the outhouse: Why didn't we ever see Laura do that in 'Little House on the Prairie?' Fiction seemed unrealistic to me, as a result, and I thought that when I wrote books myself, I would do it differently.

Charlotte Roche appears to be single-handedly making up for this lack in her novel 'Wetlands.' Problem is: I have to keep reminding myself it is fiction and
Oh my good God.
I can't even -

There's a weird thing that sometimes happens where people think that if a book is insistently explicit sexually without coming close to being porn, or even slightly titillating, it must be important. We can call this the Palahniuk Principle. (I mean, right now we can call it that; eventually, we'll move on with our lives and forget that it ever came up).

The thing is, though, these books seldom actually are important. Being sexual without being sexy is not a
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
This book was certainly 'different'. It was absolutely disgusting and made me cringe at most points and laugh at a few, but I was still strangely intrigued by this book. I think the reason why I most enjoyed this book was seeing courage that Roche had to approach the very 'taboo' subjects that it deals with. I've never read anything like this and I wouldn't like to read more, I think I only found this interesting because it's the first of its type that I've read. I can completely understand that ...more
Jul 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
Absolutely loved it. It's been a while since I've picked up a book and haven't been able to put it down - Wetlands gave me this pleasure. Not that it was particularly riveting, or absorbing - it was just really easy to read. For me that is, though I guess I can understand why some people had an aversion to the content. People who are uptight about their bodies, or who prefer to avoid thinking about the fact that our bodies secrete substances and smell weird and so on and so forth.

It was so refr
Apr 10, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book starts out "As far back as I remember, I've had hemorrhoids." and only goes downhill from there. There's been alot of buzz around this book and its "new feminism", but there's really nothing worthwhile about this book. I'll give the book one star just in case something was lost in translation, but the writing was horrible, there is no plot, and is trying to shock just for the cheap shock value.
Erika Schoeps
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My friend pushed this book onto me, insisting that I read it. I checked it out on Goodreads, and read 1 star review after 1 star review calling this book "the worst book ever". I opened 'Wetlands' expecting something terrible.

This book isn't terrible, this book is fantastic. Yes, things can get a little gross, but its not like the main character's behavior is completely unnatural. And, in the end, I think the author proved the exact point she was trying to make as people (especially women) respo
The In Your Face Sexuality-- This is the book's greatest strength, and the one part of the book I genuinely loved. Whether Helen – an eighteen year old in hospital for anal surgery to excise an infected haemorrhoid -- was talking about her reasons and methods of shaving body hair, masturbating with her fingers or avacado pits, or leaving behind drops and smears of menstrual blood for others to find and be scandalized by, I was fascinated, titillated and cheering in equal measure.

I loved that her
Good for the way it ends: just like in ‘les amants de pont neuf’, and not so good for the way it begins: just like Triers’ ‘Nymphomaniac’.

As to the denoument: a good book to read on the back of Geoff Dyer’s ‘Jeff in Venice, Death in Varnasi’. Where the narrative learns you (sic) that life is a pile of shite, and die. Here, though, be an alternative ending: Find the pearl in the poo. Heres cheers to happy endings.
As to the beginning: well sigh. Another one of them abouts women who onl
Nov 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-german
Schade, dass die Hintergrundgeschichte der Hauptfigur durch die vielen Versuche zu schocken und zu provozieren so kurz gekommen ist. Diese hört sich nämlich eigentlich recht interessant und tragisch an. Meiner Meinung ein Buch mit einem unglaublich hohen verschenktem Potenzial.
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Mar 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte Roche - Heldin meiner Jugend - schreibt ein Buch und ich muss es lesen! Sofort! Es geht in dem Buch um ganz andere Dinge als der blöde Skandal erwarten lässt. Ich konnte es zumindest nicht weglegen und fand das Ende wirklich rührend. Irgendwie wächst einem die Heldin des Buches doch ans Herz. Viele Passagen sind schon eklig und ganz schön.. krank, aber dann auch wieder lustig. Das Buch ist vor allem aber intelligent und ehrlich. Den Mut zu so einem Buch muss man erst einmal haben und e ...more
Apr 18, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Congratulations, Charlotte Roche. "Wetlands" is officially the least impressive book from the most-hyped category that I have read in recent history. I'm embarrassed that I got sucked in by the chatter: the fans fainting at readings, the "most controversial ..." plaudits, and the promises of shocking prose. I actually lifted my hungover body off the couch to immediately drive to a bookstore.

Now, the only good thing I have to say is, at least it only took three hours to read.

The novel is set in
Beatriz Chavarri
Oct 22, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Cuando decidí leer Zonas húmedas sabía bien con qué me iba a encontrar. Leí la sinopsis, así que estaba al tanto de la temática escatológica de la novela. También leí las reseñas de Goodreads y otras redes sociales de lectores, por lo tanto sabía bien de su baja puntuación y de las muchas críticas negativas. Aún así decidí darle una oportunidad. "No puede ser tan malo", me decía. Si alguien previamente me hubiera advertido y ahorita me dijera "te lo dije", tendría que darle la razón.

El mayor pro
Michelle Curie
This was torturous. But not for the reasons you might think. Ten years ago, when this book was first published, everyone was talking about it. Even the 13-year old me couldn't escape the hype, but was I too young to really care what was causing such a row. A decade later, I felt ready to find out for myself.

The plot of Wetlands is quickly told: Eighteen-year old Helen Memel is in hospital, recovering from an operation. To distract herself, the precocious teen begins to explore her body, recount
Jul 28, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Ich wollte das Buch eigentlich überhaupt nicht lesen. Nachemd es jetzt meine Frau gelesen hat, habe ich es dann doch getan.

Jetzt frage ich mich, warum so ein Hype um das Buch gemacht wurde.

Letzen Endes ist es die Geschichte einer jungen Frau, die unter ihrer Erziehung und der Scheidung ihrer Eltern leidet.
Das Ganze wird angereichert mit zum Teil drastischen Beschreibungen, was man so mit Körperöffnungen und allen menschlichen Ausscheidungen so anstellen kann.

Wer dem etwas abgewinnen kann, der w
Kathleen Baird-Murray
I so wanted to like this, but actually it was rubbish. Maybe it's a case of too much hype about a book, but once you get over the shock value of the bodily descriptions (pus/wounds etc) there's really not much left. I know it's fashionable to like this book, but try as I might, I just couldn't get excited by it. And you're supposed to get excited!
Daniela Wegert
Aug 01, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nun ja, Provokationen sind in der Literatur nicht neu, von daher hat Charlotte Roche damit keine neuen Wege beschritten. Warum um dieses Buch nun so ein Spektakel gemacht wurde, kann ich in keiner Weise nachvollziehen.

Gottseidank habe ich dieses Buch zum Lesen geliehen bekommen – ich hätte mich geärgert, für so einen Schmarren knapp 15 Euronen hingeblättert zu haben.

Wir leben, denke ich, in einer aufgeklärten Zeit, bei dem das Thema Sex einem von Werbeplakaten, aus Magazinen und Fernsehspots ent
May 15, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, let’s get this one out of the way. I consider myself a feminist and I do agree that women are held up to ridiculous standards of cleanliness and beauty. I dislike shaving, plucking, flossing, moisturizering, but I do it all despite my dislike of forced standards. I would love to read a book which pushes these boundaries and truly explores what it means to be a woman today; however Wetlands is not this book. It is one of the most disgustingly repulsive and unsettling of books. Reading this ...more
I happened upon this book while shelving in the fiction section at work. The comment on the front of the book about it being "explicit" caught my eye, and so I decided to peruse it while on my break. I ended up checking the book out and staying up late to finish it.

Honestly, I'm not sure what I expected. The first line of the book is about hemorrhoids. Not really something you want to read about. I can't say I liked this book, I can't even say I hated it. It just is what it is. In all seriousnes
We compulsively hide from one another the tiny disgusting things our bodies continuously do, as if we aren't bags of blood and mucous and decomposing food and fecal material. Are we innately loathsome, crawling with bacteria and futilely attempting cleanliness, or should we accept and embrace the earthiness of our shared humanity?


Helen examines, and subsequently orally consumes, most of her excretions, from vaginal discharge to vomit. She stops short of coprophagia, even though she is c
Anna Sörries
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Dec 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: y2010, german
I liked it.

I know I am far in the minority, but still: I liked it. I thought it was honest, I thought it was funny, I thought it was sad. And it was completely unsentimental. Since I am quite sentimental myself, this was very refreshing. Yes. I liked it very much indeed.
Eva Mitnick
Jan 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this in German as an audiobook and was thankful that it wasn't likely anyone overhearing would understand. Helen, an 18-year-old, is in the hospital for an operation on her infected hemorrhoids (exacerbated by shaving her nether regions). She whiles away the time by plotting to get her divorced parents back together, sharing with the reader her many fetishes, most of which are fairly gross, and spreading her own bacteria (from various intimate parts of her body) around the hospital ...more
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-fiction
Read this book while on vacation. My wife had two books, and this is the one I pulled out of the bag at random.
From the get go, I was pretty intrigued with this book. It is definitely not your average story, and it was certainly NOT what I was expecting. The last book of my wife's I picked up and read was Fifty shades of Grey and as you can tell by my review on this site I HATED it. This book is about an 18 year old girl with some very unconventional views on hygiene (to say the least). While
Bronislava Sencakova
Knižná jednohubka namiešaná z úplne všetkých telesných výlučkov, po ktorej sa už na avokádo či vajce asi nikdy nepozriem rovnako. Čítať ju znova nebudem, je to naozaj one-night stand book, ale som rada, že som si ju prečítala aspoň z dokumentárnych dôvodov.

Kniha stojí na skoro banálnom príbehu s happyendom, dlhých opisoch a na využívaní kontrastov.

Kontrast prvý: Je napísaná jednoduchým, skoro detským jazykom, lenže opisuje odvážne sexuálne i hygienické praktiky. Len 18-ročná rozprávačka Helen má
Aug 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, it made me feel a bit queasy at times, and Helen, our main protagonist, also did my head in sometimes with her 'grown up' thinking, but this was still a refreshing read.

This is a book about liberating the relationship you have with your own body. It's about our relationship with our environment, and our relationship with our past, and leaving that past behind. Whether you see Helen as a liberated free spirit or a messed up sicko will depend on how, or whether, you see the connection betwee
Dec 12, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Fuck this fucking book! It is fucking gross and fucking terrible as fuck. Let me just cite something for you: I like eating my smegma; I like when sperm is drying on my skin and when it peels off; Fucking is one of my hobbies.
I hope you get the picture what this piece of shit book is about. Oh, and there is also a male nurse that the main character has a crush on and fantasises about him in a gross way...
Evelina Liliequist
Jag har lite svårt att bestämma mig för hur jag känner inför denna bok. Å ena sidan känns det som ett feministiskt verk där en ung kvinna får ge uttryck för en totalt ohämmad och ändlös sexlust, å andra sidan kantrar det ibland över och blir tröttsamt. Däremellan finns kroppsligt äckel som både förfärar och kittlar pga det förbjudna, ett vältrande i bajs och blod. Och så finns mitt i allihopa även en hjärtskärande skildring av en trasig familj.
Så brottas fram och tillbaka med om det jag just lä
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Charlotte Elisabeth Grace Roche is a British-born German television presenter, actress, singer and author.

Roche, who is bilingual in English and German, is the daughter of an engineer and a politically and artistically active mother. She has lived in Germany since the age of eight, having previously lived in London and the Netherlands. She grew up in a rather alternative cultural environment in a
“Everything that’s sexy — mussed hair, straps that fall off the shoulder, a sweaty glow on the face — is a bit askew, yes, but touchable.” 10 likes
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