This now classic book of erotica is, alongside Story of O, the most famous French underground novel of the late twentieth century and a work of seductive literary merit. Written by the wife of a diplomat in the French Foreign Service, it takes the form of an autobiographical novel, which it may or may not be.
As the story opens, Emmanuelle is boarding a plane in London to r...more
One of them will take pity on the girl, take charge of her education, and then entrust her to Mario's hands. He has very sp ...more
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 ; )
The Thai writer Emmanuelle Arsan (actually Marayat Bibidh or Krasaesin or Virajjakkam or, for Heaven's sake, there seem to be a hundred more) became - lucky her - Madame Rollet-Andriane by marrying a French diplomat she met while still in her teens. He was 30. The happy couple moved to Bangkok soon after the ceremony... and the real fun began for b ...more
The sex scenes and most of the first half of this book are just great, with that subtle prose that one gets fro ...more
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 ...more
As for the book, it cannot be considered purely erotica s ...more
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 ...more
For those cinephiles who are curious, the book does share a number of scenes with the movie, yet also has some disti ...more
Many know that Arsan was not the primary writer of this. That duty went to her husband, though some have speculated that they wrote the book together. I am not ready to buy into that assertion, especially not when coupled with what I discovered doing the research for my upcoming book. Regardless of who wrote it, this remains a cornerston ...more
I had watched a few of the movies first and so I naturally got curious about the book... I actually felt like two books in one : the one about sex scenes described perfectly and the one with Mario who literally makes us fall asleep with 70 pages of philosophy that got even the main character wondering "is he eventually gonna drop his pants and shut up ?". I'd rate the first part a 4,5/5 but the Mario part barely deserves a 1/5 in my opinion : not that the ideas a ...more
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?
Emmanuelle Arsan, born Marayat Bibidh, also Marayat, Marajat, Kramsaseddinsh, Krasaesundh, Krassaesibor, Virajjakkam, Virajjakam, Virajjakari, Rollet-Andr ...more