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Gamiani, or Two Nights of Excess by Alfred de Musset
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bookshelves: historical, net-galley, romance, literature, classics, european-literature

Considered one of the truly great French writers of the nineteenth century, famed poet and novelist Alfred de Musset once decided (as great French writers are wont to do) to try his hand at erotic fiction. The glorious result was Gamiani, a classic tale of sensual pleasure and sexual excess. Reputedly inspired by the debauched history of Musset's former lover - the irrepressible George Sand - it is the classic erotic story of one man, two women...and two incomparable nights of uninhibited sexual adventure.

What did I just read? What an amazing piece of literature! This was the first time I have ever read 19th Century French literature (if it can be called that) but it certainly won't be the last. While the actual story was only 92 pages, it was certainly what you would say "bang for your buck!"

I think the only way this story could be described is pornography - but it is written so very well that you don't actually realise until you have finished reading and take a breath. Overly erotic for the duration, the tale encompasses two nights of passion between two women and a man and, during that time, they tell the stories of their first times...and so very much more.

This is definitely not the book for those who like their romance sweet and light, nor is it a story for those who are looking for the definitive French literature - however, if you fall somewhere in between (and have no problem with sexual depravity and graphic descriptions) then you may very well enjoy this. I know I did!

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Reading Progress

January 7, 2016 – Started Reading
January 7, 2016 – Shelved
January 14, 2016 – Shelved as: historical
January 14, 2016 – Shelved as: net-galley
January 14, 2016 – Shelved as: romance
January 14, 2016 – Shelved as: literature
January 14, 2016 – Shelved as: classics
January 14, 2016 – Shelved as: european-literature
January 15, 2016 – Finished Reading

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