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The Autobiography of a Flea

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The Autobiography of a Flea was initally published in 1887, and inspired a film directed by one of the first female pornographic directors from the 1970s. Starring the inimitable John C Holmes, it is recognised as a classic example of the x-rated genre.

Can men of the cloth ever escape temptation?

A young maiden, Bella, and her boyfriend Charlie consummate their passion unde
Paperback, Perennial Forbidden Classics, 192 pages
Published January 19th 2009 by Harper Perennial (first published 1887)
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Mar 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Estos locos victorianos y sus locas evasiones. Literatura erótica inglesa del siglo XIX, sin mayores pretensiones que las de divertir a las gentes de su época. Si te parece que hemos evolucionado mucho haz una búsqueda en internet y verás que, en conjunto, nuestras fantasías sexuales no han cambiado tanto.
Al menos me he reído un rato con algunas expresiones. Y mucho mejor escrita que las cincuenta chapuzas de grey.
Samantha Penrose
Nov 13, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book was smutty.
Judging by the language, "anonymous" was a man!
I wouldn't advise people against reading this, but I wouldn't call it good. I certainly don't feel inclined to run out and look for more "erotic literature" to read...

**I am confused though, I purchased this through NOOK, on my ipod, and the version that I read appears to be this version (selected for my review), however, the synopsis here on goodreads describes a main character named, Bella. The story that I read had an innocen
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Forget Fifty Shades of Grey, this book was written in 1887 and is the original erotic novel. It is cleverly written from the perspective of a flea, who is privy to some very interesting events surrounding a young girl named Bella. The book is so debauched that it was written anonymously (the author was later discovered to be a wealthy London lawyer). Warning though; it is not for the feint of heart and contains some very confrontational subject matter.
Olutobi Odunubi
Decent. Funny sometimes. A tad to repetitive, though...
Fer G.
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pues es que después de leer a Sade este tipo de historias son aburridas!!
Mar 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Made my ears turn red.
Jan 04, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Have this book, need to read
Perry Whitford
Pete n' Dud style smut originally published anonymously but thought to have been written by a Victorian solicitor named Stanislaus. (Female clients would not have liked the idea of him handling their briefs.)

The plot, if you can dignify a succession of profane sexual exploits as such, involves the debasement of a fourteen year old girl named Bella by Father Ambrose, a cassocked satyr blessed with an impressive instrument of benediction.

Pederasty, sacrilege, incest - all the taboos are despoiled
This book has a blurb on the cover gushing that it is “Probably the best, but certainly the most famous erotic novel ever written”, which is certainly flattery at its most outrageous.

The Autobiography of a Flea purports to be the viewings of the sexual antics of Bella, et al., via the viewpoint of the aforementioned louse. However, there is very little of a flea’s life about this; it’s merely a conceit to regale jaded readers with descriptions of rape, gang rape, incest, sodomy and sacrilege. Th
Jun 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is pure Victorian era erotica. It's certainly full of engines, machines and steel but it's written in a fun way, taking the piss out of every conceivable taboo from gleefully rampant Catholic priests, to wanton girls, to incest. There are no cautious euphamisms at work either, it seems to try to cram every conceivable name for sex and genitals that it can into the limited number of pages.

Authobiography of a flea is not for the faint hearted or anyone looking out for reasons to be shocked. I
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great novella of debauchery from the viewpoint of a flea riding the wind (and bodies) through France. Everyone gets satisfied in this text. Great fun and highly erotic. From local priests cavorting with widows and young tail to the eroticism of everyday marital relationships, this book has it all. A must read for the lover of erotic fiction.
Jose Vera
Observaciones eróticas realizadas por una precoz e inteligente pulga que se ve arrastrada a través de las diferentes perversiones sexuales en el siglo XIX. Perversiones que no han cambiado mucho desde esa época hasta ahora.

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Taken with a pinch of salt, well, several pinches actually, this is a (very) funny read :-) You do need to consider the date of first publication though, but with that at the back of your mind, the novel, or novella, is really able to make one laugh.
Esmeralda Rupp-Spangle
filthy filthy filthy.
Rape, incest, priestly naughtiness, orgies, bisexuality, and pretty much anything else you can think of, but with this absurd, florid victorian laguage that's totally excessive and silly. Kind of awesome, kind of horrible.

Read at your own risk.
Basically this is Victorian pornography, but pretty well stands the test of time as a sort of erotic satire, if you like this sort of thing. It's certainly in a lighter vein and has some quite amusing moments. (Written from the point of view of a flea upon a young woman.)
David Baldwin
Victorian erotica. I was amused at first, but eventually found the whole thing a bit tedious.
Chris Chase
If you like to see the clergy in full view this book is for you. The view of the flea is an interesting prospective. Adults taking advantage of adolescents
Briana Thompson
Filthy and disturbing but rather biting in its acerbic wit. I certainly wouldn't recommend reading this book for the sex but the humorous narration of the flea makes it well worth the read.
Just consider this book another foray into my research of Victorian era erotica.
Daryl Moore
Disgusting, but erotic.
La doble moral nunca falta. Buen libro y rápido de leer.
Bernie Gourley
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“The Autobiography of a Flea” is a historical work of erotica first published in the late 19th century anonymously, and later was attributed to Stanislas de Rhodes. Like the works of the Marquis de Sade, the book is simultaneously a socio-political commentary and philosophical novel. While the erotic elements tend to not be as extreme and perverse as Sade’s work, it shares in common a philosophy of society and a disdain for the clergy and the aristocracy / upper class (Sade’s work was earlier an ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro erótico que si el objetivo del autor era que se me pare...lo logro. Al menos hasta mitad del libro.
Las fantasías que hay aquí son extremas. Si el lector toma esto desde un lado artístico, fantasioso todo bien. Ahora si quieres tomar cosas de aquí y ponerlo en práctica a tu vida real, estas completamente enfermo y no lo digo por el porno abismal que hay en todas las páginas sino con quién compartes todo eso.
Después de mitad de libro se me volvió muy repetitivo lo de garchar. No tiene al
Jun 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Alltså... Manliga omnipotensdrömmar, står det på baksidestexten och gisses ja. Tröttsamt mycket så. Och likförbaskat står jag inte emot, förhåller mig inte kall och oberörd, samtidigt som bokens manliga och även kvinnliga karaktärer fyller med mig stor dos av vämjelse. Fascinerande paradox.
Lori L.
Unexpected content lol! It's an erotic story, fairly short, but actually pretty interesting; although, I do not normally read this sort of material.
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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a must read. descriptions are very full in detail. it is funny, frank, and spares no expense in the use of sexual adjectives. i'd like to read it in english at some point.
Leah Angstman
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I cannot help it. This one is worth reading just for the classic historical eroticism. Sexual encounters with priests and horses? What's not to love or laugh at?
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