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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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.
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.
"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?!'.
An extended account of bottom surgery in a young woman. Comprehensive anal introspection with local diversions. Not for the squeamish
"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.
"Strange, brave and not for the faint hearted!"
Yes but only to liberally minded people. It is a brutal exploration of sexuality and physicality. Brilliant but sometimes very uncomfortable
Nothing I've ever read can compare
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.
I felt faintly nauseated at one scene but definitely worth persevering.
A superb combination of book and narrator!
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