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Baise-Moi is one of the most controversial French novels of recent years, a punk fantasy that takes female rage to its outer limits. Now the basis for a hit underground film which was banned in France, Baise-Moi is a searing story of two women on a rampage that is part Thelma and Louise, part Viking conquest. Manu and Nadine have had all they can take. Manu has been brutal ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published March 18th 2003 by Grove Press (first published 1993)
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Hanneke
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
People will, hopefully, not take it against me when I say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It is so over the top, so kinky and scandalous that I could only admire Virginie Despentes for her gusts to write such an uncompromising story. Well, here are the real psychopathic killers, ladies and gentlemen! Forget Thelma and Louise, because Manu and Nadine just killed for fun and when the mood took them. The book amused me greatly, but perhaps lots of people will not find it funny in the slightest ...more
Booklover Butterfly
Dec 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Baise-Moi is a violent, sexually explicit novel containing so much rage that it is almost unbearable. I almost feel a little guilty for enjoying it so much, but I can’t help myself. The novel centers around two young female characters: Manu and Nadine. Manu is a young woman who seems detached from life. She drinks far too much, does drugs, and even makes adult films on occasion to fund her drinking and drug abuse. She puts no value in herself, her body, or anything else. After being horrifically ...more
Steven Godin
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: france, fiction
Disturbing, dirty, gritty and violent? Not for the faint of heart? Absofuckinglutely!. But Despentes just doesn't hold it all together as a novel because she simply goes for the shocks for the sake of being shocking and does little else. As a result I couldn't care for anyone, victims or perpetrators, and ended up skimming the last third. I wouldn't recommend this to any women, unless they don't mind their novels to be extreme, which this most definitely is. At least it was better than the movie ...more
Daren
This is a book I picked up on a whim, having read the blurb. Written in 1993, in French and translated to English - except for the title - which translates to F*ck Me, so you can see why translating it might have made publicity harder.

It is a book that trades on shock value - there is extreme and wanton violence - gun violence mostly; there is sex and sexual violence - rape, prostitution, even a little incest; and to accompany this there is swearing, excessive drinking and drugs. So obviously if
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Gina
Dec 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
it's fucked up but i don't think i've read anything else that take women & violence to the places this book does, widening the spectrum. definitely worth a read but it's not a happy one. ...more
Morgan M. Page
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Why do the boys get to have all the carnage? Virginie Despentes' wild 1993 debut novel Baise-Moi seems to ask. The mother of New French Extremity, Despentes says she "writes for the ugly ones," giving us not a middle class Thelma and Louise but rather a Natural Born Killers for patriarchy's discontents. The literary equivalent of one of those Aileen Wuornos "I'm With Her" t-shirts. The book's relentless brutality is stomach-churning at first, but once you've acclimated to it, the dark humour com ...more
Patrick O'Neil
Jul 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, insane, violent, and decadent...
Maria Paiz
Jan 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was curious about reading a controversial book that was banned in France because of its graphic content, dubbed a punk fantasy about female rage. Yes, it’s full of sex and violence, full of expletives, full of anger and abuse, full of women degrading themselves while convincing themselves that they are in control. But... none of this made for a sexy read. I was grossly disappointed. The book is written crudely, with no depth. I tried to tell myself that the simplicity of the language was proba ...more
Jeff
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
What exactly am I supposed to make of this book? Having recently read Virginie Despentes' brilliant Apocalypse Baby, you'd think I'd be better prepared for this one. But, I don't know. Am I supposed to sympathize with these characters? I don't, or at least, not quite. There's a lot of justifiable rage in these women, but also quite a lot of non-justifiable rage. (Nadine commits her first murder mostly because she's worried about her friend having also committed murder and she kind of wants to bo ...more
Jax
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: foreign, movie, o_o
I don't really know where to start, it was a tad too sexually graphic for my personal tastes, but I understand that it was necessary. If Thelma & Louise actually had any balls, this is what they would have been like...and this is what happens when girls get raped, sadly. (not the murder spree, just the loss of value for themselves and life) and the need to push themselves to the limit in order to even feel anything at all. ...more
Mickey
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Not an easy read due to pornographic scenes, disturbing violence, and depressing views of women and men and culture BUT terrific writing on subjects too often ignored: rape revenge and violence promoted by women. The author is asking: if victims could kill their rapists, wouldn't that stem the violence against women? Thought provoking. ...more
Amaru Ulloa
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A new look on violent storylines. This is one of the few books I've read where pointless violence and chaos is incited by women in a gruesome way that completely rejects the idea that femininity is hard-wired into women. ...more
Lisa
Trashy, exploitive, pornographic and ultra-violent. You could call this Thelma and Louise on steroids, without all the good parts.

The story is basically about two women, one a prostitute, the other a slacker, who, after suffering injustice and abuse, and murdering a couple of people, meet each other and decide to hit the road to go on a spree of sex and extreme violence.

I'm not quite sure what Despentes's intent was with this novel, nor the film that came out after. The women seem to chose the
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Eric
Dec 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
To start off, Baise-Moi by Virginie Depentes is generally not this reader's preferred fiction. The book is both extremely graphically sexual and violent and to this reader when it comes to graphic violence and graphic sexuality, it is preferred not to be in a gratuitous or meaningless nature (and typically, mature content in fiction is something this reader is not timid about). To this reader, extreme and depraved contact in books needs to have meaning or a purpose to successfully propel the sto ...more
Guillermo
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shocking! Powerful female revenge for la liberté!
Joel
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Baise Moi is an aberration, to most, because while it exists to portray female rage, that rage is not directed to men only. Well, let's say that the rage is directed against men most of the time, it is also directed against the whole world in general.

My fascination with this story (female rage) started with Ms. 45, reaching its pinnacle here (I think I’d have to explain myself about my experience but I think the reason is that individuals like me who see themselves outside of the establishment).
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Sonia Almeida Dias (Peixinho de Prata)
Meet Nadine and Manu, 2 french young girls that "accidentally" embark on a journey that will forever change their lives. And the lives of many, many others that accidentally cross their path.

Meet Nadine and Manu, who could actually be Thelma and Louise if the later were alcoholics, drug addicts, turned tricks, and had been violently raped.

Meet Nadine and Manu and just hope that you survive to tell the story.
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Lisa-Jaine
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is quite controversial and won't be to everyone's taste, but speaking purely for myself, I enjoyed it. The Thelma and Louise style pairing. Women's rage and refusal to be a victim endeared this book to me. ...more
Doruk Onvural
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gangsta rap made me do it.
Irais
Jun 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if I liked it, but I really enjoyed reading this book, it feels like a guilty pleasure because I feel satisfied with everything they did. ...more
Ryan
Jan 12, 2022 rated it really liked it
I’ve waited four years to find an English copy of this book & it did not disappoint.

Baise moi is a story of extremes. Focused on Nadine and Manu, two women in touch with their carnality to the utmost, and who embody the feminine grotesque. Manu is both gruesome but unashamed, hiding absolutely no part of who she is. Her self-assuredness makes her compelling; despite the brutal acts of violence she’s capable of, one can’t help but root for her.

While Manu is impulse personified, Nadine is more r
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claudia
Nov 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"Down deep I could make Mother Teresa look like a big slut."

despentes' terse tone can be seen as a disservice to some more visceral parts of the book, each gunshot and explosion of flesh is left behind as inconsequential, because it is, because manu and nadine are warranted them. the real action takes place through nadine where her "third eye opens, and the bad voice starts up" - the interiorty most people are familiar with and would recommend you follow, but she and manu are far too open for th
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Flowers4Algernon
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
If books carried Parental Guidance stickers then no doubt - rightly or wrongly - this book would have one. A very angry, very violent and sexually explicit fuck you to just about everybody and everything leaving that moral compass spinning. Unlike many, I preferred the book to the film.
Andy Mascola
Aug 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Manu’s a short slacker who occasionally does porn for cash. Nadine’s a tall slacker who likes to watch porn and listen to music on her Walkman. The two women meet up and go on a wild tear through France, having sex and killing people. Liked it.
Jherane Patmore
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Too many TWs to list.
It's violent, angry and... ultimately aggravating without any hope for healing.
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ax
Mar 17, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
a final chapter than cannot be appropriately followed by anything other than sleep
Ben Winch
Jan 16, 2012 rated it liked it
It's hard to know how to take this, mainly because I've never read anything quite like it. For this reason - its uniqueness - let's say it's good. And it is: fast-moving, convincing, entertaining. Fine writing it ain't, but it doesn't waste words and it doesn't feel as if it's unfolding to an agenda. On my edition (the Black Inc Australian one) an Australian woman critic calls it (or the film version) a story about 'women on top', and adds 'Vive le revolution!' But if you're looking for catharti ...more
Courtney Call
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
I wish I could like this book more, however, I feel it is vulgar for vulgar's sake without much more substance to be offered than shock-value.
Shock value is something I expected in the book, but I didn't anticipate it to be the book's only quality, and in some people's opinion (not mine) it IS the redeeming quality of the book. To state that the vulgarity of this read adds to the feminist movement is misplaced and detracts from the truth of the female experience, painting women as revenge-driven
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William O'Donnell
I’d heard a recommendation for this some time back, which induced me to blind buy the book. I don’t regret it at all. Virginie Despentes presents a bleak, nihilistic, sleazy, and ultraviolet story more viciously furious than anything I’d ever read before, almost like an alcohol-fueled fusion of Thelma & Louise and Natural Born Killers, with enough estrogen-fueled rage to peel the paint off the walls. It’s a work of fucked up brilliance with teeth and claws.
Serdar
Oct 02, 2022 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There's a species of bad faith that animates many literature-of-transgression projects, one more repulsive than any of the acts depicted in them. That is, the author writes something indefensible, then lets the audience come up with their own defenses for it so they don't have to bother trying. I don't think that's what Despentes had in mind when she wrote this, but the problem is, that's absolutely how it comes off, and it undermines most everything else of interest about the book. ...more
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Virginie Despentes is a French writer, novelist and filmmaker, born in Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle. Her most famous novel, and film of the same name is Baise-moi, a contemporary example of the exploitation films genre known as rape and revenge films. Her most recent biographical, non-fiction work, King Kong Theory has also been translated into English, and recounts her experiences working within the ...more

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