Emmanuelle, Volume 1

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GROVE/ATLANTIC Incorporated, 1971 - Fiction - 221 pages
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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 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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Review: Emmanuelle (Emmanuelle #1)

User Review  - Ami Nicholson - Goodreads

This book was terrible. TERRIBLE! 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 ... Read full review

Review: Emmanuelle (Emmanuelle #1)

User Review  - Peter Timbrell - Goodreads

This was the first erotic book I ever read and certainly left an impression. Beautifully written, it's an evocative novel using autobiographical narrative that portrays the adventures of Emmanuelle ... Read full review


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