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Wetlands | [Charlotte Roche]

Wetlands

With her jaunty dissection of the sex life and the private grooming habits of the novel's 18-year-old narrator, Helen Memel, Charlotte Roche has turned the previously unspeakable into the national conversation in Germany.
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Publisher's Summary

With her jaunty dissection of the sex life and the private grooming habits of the novel's 18-year-old narrator, Helen Memel, Charlotte Roche has turned the previously unspeakable into the national conversation in Germany.

The book is a headlong dash through every crevice and byproduct, physical and psychological, of its narrator's body and mind. It is difficult to overstate the raunchiness of the novel.

Wetlands opens in a hospital room after an intimate shaving accident. It gives a detailed topography of Helen's hemorrhoids, continues into the subject of anal intercourse and only gains momentum from there, eventually reaching avocado pits as objects of female sexual satisfaction and - here is where the debate kicks in - just possibly female empowerment.

Clearly the novel has struck a nerve, catching a wave of popular interest in renewing the debate over women's roles and image in society.

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    Erich Auckland Park, South Africa 10-29-11
    Erich Auckland Park, South Africa 10-29-11

    Speaker, Leader, innovation consultant, kilt-wearer, South African.

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    "Not just a dirty story"

    The author, Charlotte Roche is a German media personality. She's written one of the most original (and shocking) books about human and female sexuality you have read.

    Some of it is gross, some of it is sexy; but all of it is real.

    The protagonist is clearly a disturbed young woman, claiming her place in the world and her sexuality, while still craving her fairy-tale ending.

    It explores themes of the sex-negative West. The protagonist is shockingly unhygienic (to me, anyway); but it illustrates our complete obsession with sanitising every part of the sexual experience -- and even life itself. After all, life is messy; sex is messy.

    This book is not just a dirty story. It's a coming of age book of our time. I'd love to hear your response.

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  • JonR
    Kettering, UK
    2/24/10
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    "Not Erotic!"

    I like Marmite, but cannot recommend this book. It is well written and narrated but is just crude. I cannot understand the motivation for writing such a book other than just to shock, but in the end the shock turns to boredom. Certainly should not be in the erotic section, perhaps the neurotic would be more apt.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jasmine
    Crawley, West Sussex, United Kingdom
    9/17/10
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    "What The .......?!"

    I seriously have no idea what the point of this story is.
    It is utterly grotesque, but weirdly compelling - I didnt dislike it as such, but at the end I was left thinking 'Why did I listen to that?!'.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dr John
    UK
    9/7/09
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    "Bottom Surgery"

    An extended account of bottom surgery in a young woman. Comprehensive anal introspection with local diversions. Not for the squeamish

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Whitstable, United Kingdom
    11/10/09
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    "Sex and Surgery"

    A thoroughly mixed up heroine (gets herself sterilised at 18)who could hardly be more sexually driven. The anatomical explorations rather dampen the erotic effect and the book meanders through the later stages to a quite memorable ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anna
    Brantree, United Kingdom
    7/6/13
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    "Strange, brave and not for the faint hearted!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes but only to liberally minded people. It is a brutal exploration of sexuality and physicality. Brilliant but sometimes very uncomfortable


    What other book might you compare Wetlands to, and why?

    Nothing I've ever read can compare


    What does Emilia Fox bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I LOVE Fox. Her diction, natural rhythm and dulcet tones give a deeper psychological experience to this book. It juxtaposes the educated with the primitive thoughts of the human mind.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I felt faintly nauseated at one scene but definitely worth persevering.


    Any additional comments?

    A superb combination of book and narrator!

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