Delta of Venus: Erotica by Ana´s Nin

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Feb 2, 2004 - Fiction - 320 pages
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An extraordinarily rich and exotic collection from the mistress of erotic writing


In Delta of Venus, Anais Nin pens a lush, magical world where the characters of her imagination possess the most universal of desires and exceptional of talents. Among these provocative stories, a Hungarian adventurer seduces wealthy women then vanishes with their money; a veiled woman selects strangers from a chic restaurant for private trysts; and a Parisian hatmaker named Mathilde leaves her husband for the opium dens of Peru.

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The whole saga of Henry Miller, his wife June and Anais Nin is evergreen in that these were serious people exploring sex and the feelings it induces.
Anais wrote these stories for a wealthy patron
, they say, They are the best rendition of a woman's feelings and emotions while she is having a variety of sexual experiences with friends, lovers and strangers.
Highly Recommended

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I read this book as we were reviewing it for our book group. I nearly gave up half way as I found the book quite dull. For all of its so called erotica it became boring and tedious. They say less is more and in this case I think its quite true. There were a lot of taboo subjects and some were confronting but not even this put me off. It was the incessant body parts, the sucking, biting etc, etc, that went on and on.
Erotic? No!
Tiresome? Yes!
In the end I don't think the stories were that well written.
Very disappointing.

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About the author (2004)

Ana-s Nin (1903-1977) was born in Paris and aspired at an early age to be a writer. An influential artist and thinker, she was the author of several novels, short stories, critical studies, a collection of essays, two volumes of erotica, and nine published volumes of her Diary.

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