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Les Bijoux Indiscrets

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  183 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We be ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 344 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Distribooks (first published 1748)
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Lada Fleur
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Je l'ai de lire sur l'internet ce joyau de la tradition lascive francaise qui va a la tradition des fabliaux du Moyen age. La matiere est tiree par Diderot d'un fabliau intitule Le chevalier qui fait parler les c...et les c... C'est desopilant. Hilare. Un sultan, ou le roi s'ennuie . Il s'ennuie aupres de sa favorite. Il veut de l'amusement nouveau...en forme de nouveaux contes sur ses amantes, sa favorite. Mais il elles ne parleront pas. Sa favorites lui suggere une aide de son genie enferme en ...more
Wreade1872
"such is shall i say it.. the ungrateful nature of Toys, that they never take the good-will for the deed"

Well that made me laugh quite a bit. An 18th century comedy/satire. It features Mangogul king of Congo, loosely based on *Charles II, who asks his wizard for something that will make women tell him the truth.

He receives a magic ring that causes vagina's to speak because that apparently is the only honest part of a woman... ok so not the most pc thing in the world ;) . Surprisingly though i d
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Vittorio Ducoli
Un'occasione persa

Diderot è un mostro sacro della cultura occidentale, uno dei padri dell'illuminismo, quindi appare forse fuori luogo una critica alla sua opera. Peraltro, come detto nel titolo di questa edizione Demetra de I gioielli indiscreti, si tratta di un Diderot “minore”, di un'opera che non compare tra quelle per cui conosciamo il grande scrittore e filosofo. Mi assumo quindi la responsabilità di una recensione non proprio entusiastica, segnalando sin d'ora che alla carenza di stelle c
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TarasProkopyuk
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Эту книгу Денни Дидро, уверен, захотели бы сжечь миллионы женщин. ))

"Нескромные сокровища" не только весьма скандальная книга, но и довольно таки пошлая. И если бы не та "истина", которую автор так изящно, искрометно, точно и филигранно не открыл тёмную сторону женщин, то порядочный человек вряд бы стал читать книгу уже после первых прочитанных страниц.

Но здесь не только о женщинах. Здесь также очень много и о порочном человеческом обществе и о самой порочности человека как части того же обществ
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Pony
Nov 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a sense of humor
there's a common misconception that fuddly old classical philosophers sat around like dusty monks musing on abstract b.s. and while maybe diderot engaged in some of that action, reading this will quickly dispel that kind of myth. this is hilarious from the get-go. who doesn't love talking vaginas?

a caveat: the humor, for most, will need an accompanying grain of salt. it comes off often as wildly inappropriate in terms of race and gender; just remember to historicize a bit (no one had any critica
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David
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here is another classic my bizarro and absurdist friends might want to check out to see how long this sort of thing has been going on. The novelty fades rapidly, though. The book is humorous and interesting in its criticisms, but it is a creature of its time. There is much that bothers me in its double standards and how violative it seems. After all, only the sex organs of women are forced to disclose their secrets. It's interesting, but perhaps not as much as the concept makes one hope.
Yann
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
J'aime bien.
Howard
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: naughty-classic
This is the first novel by the French philosophical intellectual Diderot famous for ‘The Nun’ and was written in 1748 (with 3 additional chapters added in 1798 edition). It is a remarkably interesting book for many reasons the most obvious being that on face value it at once pokes fun at the then French King Louis XV’s court and also is an explicit exploration of the idea of talking vaginas i.e. indiscreet jewels. It got the author in trouble later in life but at the time seems to have been tole ...more
Amandine
Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 18e-siècle
Très amusant. L'ensemble des révélations des bijoux sont variées et divertissantes, et Diderot glisse habilement plusieurs critiques de la société - féminine comme masculine - de son temps entre ou à l'intérieur de celles-ci. J'ai particulièrement aimé la fin du roman où la parole est donnée à Sélim qui relate ses aventures, au détriment des bijoux féminins: cette voix masculine montre que la trahison et la tromperie ne sont pas l'apanage des femmes seules. La relation et les discussions ou pari ...more
Laura
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Kilean
Mar 05, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guess what this is about. Not sure if it's considered a classic, but it was a lot of fun. Always amusing when people's private bits start talking.
Miguel Teles
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Em poucas palavras, um livro extremamente divertido, com momentos brilhantes pelo seu erotismo burlesco e descarado, pelo seu impudor e humor aguçado e inteligente; tudo aliado ou usado com fim a uma sátira de uma sociedade de outro tempo, mas não muito longínqua das imoralidades dos dias de hoje.



Um tratado satírico sobre as hipocrisias de uma sociedade europeia setecentista. Através de um humor sagaz e picante, sem espaço para pudores ou tabus, e mascarando a sociedade e as gentes suas contempo
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Greta
L’ambientazione nella corte del Sultano del Congo in realtà è un espediente utilizzato da Diderot per evidenziare i vizi della corte francese a lui contemporanea. Mangogul è Luigi XV e Mirzosa la sua favorita, Madame Pompadour. I gioielli delle donne confessano tutto ciò che le loro padrone hanno compiuto, senza pudore o vergogna, rovinando così la loro reputazione. L’ultimo esperimento, sulla favorita Mirzosa, ha lo scopo di dimostrare al sultano che la donna gli è fedele e il suo amore è puro. ...more
Semnebune
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cei care cred că parodia făcută cu mare inteligență, umor și carismă, îmbinată cu o încălcare a moralei și expunerea moravurilor ușoare este un apanaj al literaturii postmoderne sau măcar contemporane nu a citit Bijuteriile indiscrete, unul din romanele enciclopedistului din Epoca Luminilor, Denis Diderot, publicat pentru prima oară în 1748. Cunoscut mai ales ca filozof sau „om serios”, preocupat de gândirea înaltă, Diderot și-a încercat cu succes pana și în literatură, scriind mai multe romane, ...more
Czarny Pies
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Czarny by: John Marsh
Shelves: favorites, french-lit
Un magician arrive a la cour royale avec une baguette qui fait parler des vagins; et pourquoi pas, ils ont quand meme des levres. Ce qui suit est un polemique contre l'exploitation de la femme par les hommes et les violences que pratiquent les hommes sur les femmes. Ce roman est tres bien fait. Je suis pas convaincu que l'on a beaucoup ajouté a la discussion depuis le lancement de ce roman en 1748.
Barbara Ab
Feb 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Non ce l'ho fatta. Sarà forse un capolavoro di satira surreale per i tempi , ma non potevo sprecare tempo della mia vita per una cosa così "di settore".
Anna
Jan 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nonostante sia considerato un capolavoro, io ho trovato la narrazione piuttosto noiosa e per qualche aspetto confusionaria.

Un libro che non leggerò mai più.
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Denis Diderot was a French philosopher, art critic, and writer. He was a prominent persona during the Enlightenment and is best known for serving as co-founder and chief editor of and contributor to the Encyclopédie.

Diderot also contributed to literature, notably with Jacques le fataliste et son maître (Jacques the Fatalist and his Master), which emulated Laurence Sterne in challenging conventions
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