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Delta of Venus by Anaïs Nin
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'Why do women make such a secret and mystery of it all? They think it destroys their mystery but it is not true. And here you come out and say just what you felt. It is wonderful.' -- Anaïs Nin

Nin’s collection explores a broad array of the sexual and sensual, from self-exploration and discovery of desire, to the development of fetishes including men attracted to children, same-sex experimentation, ladies undergarments, and necrophilia. One repeated theme, particularly in the longer stories, is women who explore their own desires, giving themselves up to the frequently violent passions of their lovers, and achieving their own gratification in pleasure for itself. This exploration of (primarily) female sexuality, written in the 1940s and posthumously published in 1977, has an allure of the taboo, but Nin’s direct style brings it out into the open with a frankness that prevents you from feeling guilty about reading it. I am more familiar with male-on-male erotica, and Nin's focus on how the body responds to touch vs the physical actions of sex reflects the difference in perspective between erotica written by men vs women.

However, similar to sexual encounters, the stories can end abruptly or awkwardly, and the longer pieces meander from one partner to the next with little to connect them into a more comprehensive story; how much more satisfying these piece could have been. These stories were written for a private collector and may have been tailored for his taste. Given the choice, I would suggest reading The Diary of Anais Nin Volume One by Anais Nin Summary Study Guide instead.

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Reading Progress

September 19, 2018 – Shelved
September 19, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
September 19, 2018 – Shelved as: erotica
December 26, 2019 – Started Reading
December 26, 2019 – Shelved as: recommended-to-me
January 15, 2020 – Finished Reading

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