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My book group is reading WHAT?!

Friday, March 29, 2013

I've never belonged to a book group before. The main reason was that I figure I only have so much time for "fun reading," and I'd like to choose how I spend that precious time. However, I have found myself in a book group after all. I finally decided that since half my books are recommendations from friends anyway, I might as well get over myself!

SO. Our first book is "The Delta of Venus," by Anais Nin. None of us knew much about it, except that it was "literary erotica." We figured it wouldn't be too racy, since it was written many decades ago.

Uh, wrong.

You guys, it's literally hardcore p**n! It's short stories, and there is no plot or character whatsoever. It's just...well, scenes. Right. That kind of scene. I mean, I don't think of myself as a prude or anything, but these stories are so far from romantic, or even interesting. They're kind of gross, actually, with lots of non-consensual stuff happening. I don't think I'm going to finish it, because it's annoying at this point! In speaking with the other women in the group, they're kind of wigged out, too--and they are even less prudish than I am! emoticon

Lessons learned: Do research before we all blindly agree to a book! But I really like everyone in the group, so I want to stay; if nothing else, this will set some kind of bar for our comfort levels with different types of books, right?

Yeesh.
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AKATHLEEN54 3/29/2013 10:18PM

    Wow! never heard of that book,but seeing that it is an older book I am very surprised that it is the risque'. And so many people think current literature is trash.... who knew? emoticon

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INDIGOCAVE 3/29/2013 4:50PM

    Wow! I read part of that years ago, but not with a reading group. I wonder how it got picked. If your book group is anything like mine, the book is secondary to the fun social part. :)

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