GREAT BOOK, I READ THIS AS A TEENAGER MANY, MANY YEARS AGO, BORROWING THIS FROM AN OLDER SISTER, AND 30 YEARS LATER IT IS STILL SOME OF THE BEST WRITING OF ITS KIND.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
I know this is the supposed grandmama of modern erotica and a landmark of human sexuality but it's also very very silly. Find an old copy in a university library and flip through it if you're curious. There's no need to hear every word.
The author does her very best 'period piece' voiceover but that too was old 5 minutes in.
Unless you are invariably charmed by absolutely everything victorian I can't imagine you'll much enjoy it.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
As classic erotica goes it was enjoyable for the most part. Unfortunately, too often Victorian work goes to the dark with people being forced into situations they don't want which modern or sane audiences would disapprove of. And in too many cases the characters involved in the situations were too young for a modern audience. But the happy, adult stories were enjoyable and the narrator did a wonderful job with her sensual, breathy delivery. Also, not personally being a fan of birch branches, I can't recommend some chapters, but if you are, do enjoy.