Emmanuelle This now classic book of erotica is alongside Story of O the most famous French underground novel of the late twentieth century and a work of seductive literary merit Written by the wife of a diplom

  • Title: Emmanuelle
  • Author: Emmanuelle Arsan Lowell Bair
  • ISBN: 9780802130693
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Paperback
  • This now classic book of erotica is, alongside Story of O, the most famous French underground novel of the late twentieth century and a work of seductive literary merit Written by the wife of a diplomat in the French Foreign Service, it takes the form of an autobiographical novel, which it may or may not be.As the story opens, Emmanuelle is boarding a plane in London to rThis now classic book of erotica is, alongside Story of O, the most famous French underground novel of the late twentieth century and a work of seductive literary merit Written by the wife of a diplomat in the French Foreign Service, it takes the form of an autobiographical novel, which it may or may not be.As the story opens, Emmanuelle is boarding a plane in London to rejoin her husband in Bangkok She finds herself powerfully compelled by the overnight passenger seated beside her, and before she has landed, her irrepressible sensual nature has begun to open wide vistas of sexual possibility As the novel continues, she moves easily from the waiting arms of her husband to intimacies with the wives of his business associates to further explorations and experiences in which the subtle aesthetics of eroticism are expounded and enacted to their fullest.Emmanuelle, which has sold hundreds of thousands of copies since its initial clandestine publication in France, relates the movement of a woman from an unconscious to a profoundly conscious sexuality.

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    1. I could easily write a cop-out, only-read-Playboy-for-the-stories type of review here. Lot of very interesting philosophical insights, perhaps a bit too much sex, that kind of thing. Fellow GoodReaders, I cannot lie to you. Nothing could in fact be further from the truth. I wolfed down the first two-thirds of this book, which consist of one juicy sex scene after another. Then she met dull, creepy, manipulative Mario, and we got started on the philosophy. I felt my eyes closing. I tried several t [...]

    2. Emmanuelle is 19 years old, and leaves to find her husband Jean, a diplomat in Bangkok, whom she married a few months earlier. The society that welcomes it is rich and idle; fidelity is seen as an amusing eccentricity, chastity as a shocking defeat. And if Emmanuelle, with the consent of her husband, is not against some adventures, the freedom of these women intimidates him.One of them will take pity on the girl, take charge of her education, and then entrust her to Mario's hands. He has very sp [...]

    3. Believe it or not this is one of the first novels I ever read elementary school about 5th grade. I found it in my Fathers closet other things *grin* I knoweww it was my Dad but trust me when I say all I had to do was open the book to forget. I have to say that although I have not reread it since then it is embedded in my memory as one of the most provocative and far from boring books I ever read ; )

    4. (view spoiler)[Emmanuelle engages in some lovely, erotic sex, and when she does this the book is a wonder. Then Mario comes along with his pansexual proselytization and the active erotica becomes a distant memory while Mario delivers his erotic manifesto. There is a nice return to the erotic, though, with a final mmf threesome that was delectable but too little too late. (hide spoiler)]

    5. Read it on a lark but was surprised to find that it was fairly good read for a small paperback erotica. Dealt a lot with hedonistic philosophy and poly ethics. I was impressed by how literate and engaging it was, having watched the spin off television series more than once.

    6. Classic Smut review! Half erotic memoir and half philosophical treatise on eroticism, this book is a quasi-autobiographical account of Emmanuelle Arsan's(pen name of Marayat Rollet-Andriane) sexual adventures in Thailand as a diplomat's wife. Needless to say, their marriage defines the term 'open'. She has many lovers and she and them both expound incessantly on the nature of eroticism.The sex scenes and most of the first half of this book are just great, with that subtle prose that one gets fro [...]

    7. You need to look past the shock value to find the literary genius in this one. I recommend holding out until the final pages which are filled with passages contemplating class, sex, and life itself in a magnificent manor.

    8. This was the first R-rated movie I saw as an under-age teenager escorting my brother. While it may have made an impression at that time, I certainly did not have any conversations with anyone to either explain or debrief about my experience. Now almost four decades later I read the book and come across the philosophy within it. In some ways it scares me and in others I appreciate the liberation it offers. Ultimately I have to ask under whose guidance can such a philosophy be a liberation rather [...]

    9. Emmanuelle es un libro escrito en 1959 y contiene todo el espíritu de liberación sexual e independencia de la época. Su carácter provocador y desinhibido hizo que se publicara clandestinamente y fue considerado literatura pornográfica durante largo tiempo. Se hizo una exitosa adaptación a la novela con Sylvia Kristel como Emmanuelle en 1974.Emmanuelle es una joven francesa de 19 años recién casada que está viajando a Bangkok para reunirse con su esposo. Es en este primer capítulo, en e [...]

    10. This book was terrible. T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E! I suffered through the first 125 pages and kept reading, because I thought that it simply had to get better. It is a fairly popular classic French underground novel. I have read several of those, including Story Of O, and this was the worst by far. Other than the quality of the writing, which was pretty decent, I have nothing good to say about Arsan's work. There is little character development with any of the characters, and all of the relationships were [...]

    11. Curiosità e un po' di tempo da perdere sono stati i motori che mi hanno fatto decidere a spulciare questo libro che è stato un manifesto del libero erotismo nei ribelli, per certi aspetti rivoluzionari, anni 60 (con molti riverberi nel decennio successivo). Da un lato, nella prima parte del racconto, vediamo l'incantevole fanciulla in fiore esprimere, seguendo l'infallibile istinto libertario, la sua innata predisposizione al piacere. Al celebre incipit dell'avventura in aereo (ricordate Sylvi [...]

    12. Well, yes. The first "Emmanuelle" film, made in c. 1974. The very young Sylvia Kristel, with pixie-cut hair. Exotic settings--- Bangkok, the Concorde. Elegantly choreographed sex. Very, very hot. The novelwell, no less hot. Far too much talking, of course--- pages of tortured philosophising about pleasure and the joys of hedonism. But as erotica, some brilliantly powerful moments. All in all, erotica worth having in one's permanent collection.

    13. The beginning of the story promised to be something very good, but it turned out to be a plot extremely bored Mario's character could not be more boring with its pseudo philosophical considerations totally exaggerated and unnecessary, killing the story instead of the make it even more exciting and full of eroticism. What a disappointment!

    14. ประทับใจหนังสือเรื่องนี้มาก อ่านแล้วรู้สึกมองเห็นภาพได้ชัดเจน เคยเช่ามาอ่านจากระยอง เมื่อครั้งไปเที่ยว นานมากแล้ว อยากได้เก็บไว้เป็นหนังสือสะสม ใครที่พอจะทราบว่ามีหนังสือ [...]

    15. An erotic novel of the 1960s set in Thailand about the sexual explorations of a young woman. Very explicit.

    16. A lovely, lilting ode to sensuality; an exquisitely written mix of innocent exploration and intellectual understanding.

    17. This novel's as hot as august 1st. And moreover there's a certain rhythm to the prose which keeps one's interest aroused for the vast majority of the reading.

    18. This semi-autobiographical novel written under pen name of Emmanuelle Arsan straddles genres of erotica and literary erotica. One could have interest in reading this due to it being one of the first books of erotica written by a woman back in 1970s, especially when it is based on the real life of the author and her husband. But one would be mistaken, of course. It was later found that it was actually written by her French diplomat husband.As for the book, it cannot be considered purely erotica s [...]

    19. Emmanuelle is one of the first erotic adult films I saw long long ago. It had a plot! And erotic stuff, and nudity, and did I mention it had a plot? To a certain extent there were more erotic scenes than sex scenes, though there were those as well. I knew that it was based on a book but . . . well, many things kept me from actually hunting down and reading the book. I’ll just mention that I liked, say, Planet of the Apes film a lot more than the book – another French book that had been trans [...]

    20. One of the first films I saw of an erotic nature was Emmanuelle. Certain scenes stayed with me afterwards. They were interesting scenes. Most of said scenes were not in this book. They might have been in a sequel, or I'm remembering things that occurred in a sequel film. I know there are more books, and more films.There is something of a frustrating nature to this book. Emmanuelle is open to sex, to pleasure, to fooling around. And she's quite happy of that fact. While at the same time she's, to [...]

    21. Telling people that I was reading EMMANUELLE almost universally brought a vivid recounting of having watched the original movie. Indeed, a number of folks were entirely unaware that the movie was made from the book, rather than the book (if there was one) being a movie tie-in. It is a little like hearing "The Blue Danube" waltz and being able to think only of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.For those cinephiles who are curious, the book does share a number of scenes with the movie, yet also has some disti [...]

    22. The book is actually very well represented by the first movie with Sylvia Krystel. A little sex and pages of talky nonsense. Practically the entire last half of the book is the extended sequence where she is turned over to Mario for her sexual education, very much like in the Story of O. But in between the interminable and boring philosophical blather from Mario, the action becomes much more rapey and creepy than could possibly have been represented in the movie. In a strange way, even though th [...]

    23. L'histoire insipide d'une fille insipide, dans un décor de rêve. L'auteure sait quand même utilisé les mots et faire de jolies tournures de phrase, mais c'est bien tout ce qui lui a valu la note de 2 étoiles. Emmanuelle est une fille immature et niaise qui n'existe qu'à travers le regard des autres. Elle n'a pas de volonté propre ni d'autres qualités que sa beauté physique. Heureusement pour elle, grace à son amitié avec une fille de 13 ans et de Mario, un italien homosexuel, Emmanuel [...]

    24. GO philosophize in HELL Mario !!!I had watched a few of the movies first and so I naturally got curious about the book I actually felt like two books in one : the one about sex scenes described perfectly and the one with Mario who literally makes us fall asleep with 70 pages of philosophy that got even the main character wondering "is he eventually gonna drop his pants and shut up ?". I'd rate the first part a 4,5/5 but the Mario part barely deserves a 1/5 in my opinion : not that the ideas are [...]

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