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Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure | [John Cleland]

Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure

Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure was one of the most banned and censored books in the history of literature. John Cleland (a contrary man of letters, prone to boasting and getting into trouble with the law) wrote it while he was in Fleet debtor’s prison. First published in 1748 and withdrawn within a year, it was not legally republished until a hundred years later. Widely considered to be the first example of literary erotica and a stylistic tour de force, with its combination of charm, daring and love of pleasure.
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Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure was one of the most banned and censored books in the history of literature. John Cleland (a contrary man of letters, prone to boasting and getting into trouble with the law) wrote it while he was in Fleet debtor’s prison. First published in 1748 and withdrawn within a year, it was not legally republished until a hundred years later. Widely considered to be the first example of literary erotica and a stylistic tour de force, with its combination of charm, daring and love of pleasure.

The story is told by means of a series of uninhibitedly explicit letters from Fanny to an unknown friend, looking back over her colourful life and the characters she meets, as an innocent girl of 15 arriving in London. Now widely available at a computer near you, read by one of Britain’s finest.

Public Domain (P)2000 Aquarium Audio Books

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    Teddy Bronx, NY, United States 05-15-12
    Teddy Bronx, NY, United States 05-15-12

    "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons

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    "No wonder this book was banned in Britain..."

    First of all... this book contains A LOT of very MATURE content that I would NOT suggest to ANYONE under the age of 18.

    Now on to the actual review... I honestly must say I didn't know what exactly I was getting myself into when a friend of mine suggested I the book to me. It was a very graphic audiobook with very vivid descriptions to say the least. The actual content of the story itself was very blasé if you ask me. It was somewhat predictable in most places and you could definitely see where the book itself would end up. To use the term very loosely, this was a coming of age book, a young girl who (due to tragedy and a series of unfortunate situations) is forced to get herself involved into a very 'controversial' lifestyle and the way she maneuvers her way through it. As stated, the book to me is very predictable... that being said though the descriptions are impressive to say the least.

    The narration was in effect underwhelming at best, could most definitely be much better than it was. The narrator sounds like an old woman rather than a young, naive girl. The character of course matured in the book but the narration did nothing, in my opinion, to enhance the overall quality of the experience.

    All in all however, the book was pretty ok at best but not exception.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 04-22-13
    Lia Sutton, Australia 04-22-13 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Not really erotica"

    Fanny Hill is probably the most well known native English erotica ever made.

    Fanny is a girl forced into a life she didn't make, and does pretty well for herself.
    The sex is not very explicit by todays standards

    The only issue for me is that the writing is tough to slog through (very dated) and you do find yourself re-listening parts to figure out precisely what just happened.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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