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3.33  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Memoirs of Scandal and Strange Desire. Crebillon Fils' notorious sequel to the Arabian Nights, featuring a man who regales the grandson of that work's Sultan with tales of his own past lives as the most-useful piece of furniture in any household. ...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Olympia Press (first published 1742)
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Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: india, fiction, agra, ebooks
So I've been reading this novel in early-modern French which is narrated by a sofa. You heard – a sofa. And this sofa, uh…gets excited when women sit on him:

Une simple tunique de gaze, presque toute ouverte, fut bientôt le seul habillement de Zéïnis ; elle se jeta sur moi nonchalamment, Dieux ! avec quels transports je la reçus ! Brama, en fixant mon âme dans des Sopha lui avoit donné la liberté de s'y placer où elle voudroit ; qu'avec plaisir en cet instant j'en fis usage !

A simple gauze robe,
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 18th-century
A witty, entertaining novel with a unique premise, this book brings to our attention all the hypocrisies, deceipts, and cruelties of love and sex, as well as their sincerities and tenderest moments. Mainly told from the point-of-view of a soul reincarnated into a series of sofas. It does, perhaps, dwell a bit longer than necessary upon the humiliation of one fallen woman... but then, she does commit the capital crime of deceiving a man named ZADIG, who I'm sorry to say is portrayed as a fool in ...more
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Dec 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Des amateurs de la litterature libertine.
Recommended to Czarny by: Le professeur Rosenberg
Shelves: french-lit
Ce roman libertin fait un clin d'oil au Mille et une nuits. Le protagoniste, un courtier qui s'appelle Amanzéi raconte au sultan Schah-Baham (petit-fils de Shéhérazade !) temp ou il a été transformé en sopha comme punition pour ses debauches. Le mauvuais sort ne sera rompu qu'à la condition que deux personnes se dépucellent.

Comme il fallait s'y attendre il y a bien d'accouplements qui se font sur notre protagoniste qui ne se rencontre pas la condition necessaire pour que le sort soit brisé. Fin
Dec 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-and-buried
this book is cool in theory and has some good jokes("chapter 1: the least tedious in the book"), however the translation reads a bit clunky and there's a part that goes on for too long and is kind of dull. ...more
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On the wikipedia page: The Sofa: A Moral Tale - at the end of the page (under the section External Links) there's a link to a PDF (197 pages) of an English translation by Bonamy Dobree.

Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say about a book where furniture gets "excited" and has a perverse interest in being saton by a pretty girl? It made me look at chairs, couches, even tables everywhere quite differently!!
I remember texting passages of the novel to friends. It's funny, and it's short. Read it ;)
Rosa Ramôa
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


"Enrubecendo pelo que sentia, queimava de vontade de sentir mais; sem imaginar novos prazeres, desejando-os"...
Sebastián  Gómez
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It expounds on the eternal cruelties of love, how the discussions about modesty, inmodesty, correspondence of love and deceit have not changed all that much compared to today. Beautiful language on some parts, loved the poetic avoidance of making sexual encounters literal.
Rodolfo Ricardo
Mas tem seu valor!
Roman libertin qui n'est pas sans rappeler, à raison, Les Bijoux Indiscrets de Diderot écrit plus tardivement dans le siècle. Ce ne sont pas les "bijoux" des femmes que Crébillon fait parler, mais un courtisan dont l'âme fut emprisonnée dans les sophas durant une vie antérieure. Libre de voyager de l'un à l'autre, il a ainsi surpris de nombreuses scènes privées et érotiques, depuis la chambre délabrée d'une pauvre courtisane au somptueux palais d'une jeune princesse, en passant par la "petite ma ...more
Aug 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
very romantic.
Feb 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting concept, but unfortunately, I don't seem to have the proper patience or understanding for libertine novels. ...more
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Claude Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, dit Crébillon fils, was a French novelist. Born in Paris, he was the son of a famous tragedian, Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, dit Crébillon père. He received a Jesuit education at the elite school Louis-le-grand. Early on he composed various light works, including plays for the Italian Theatre in Paris, and published a short tale called Le Sylphe in 1730. Fro ...more

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