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Dancer of Gor

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Doreen Williamson is a quiet, shy librarian on Earth. Like many other young women, she is distrustful of her attractions, frightened of men, ... Show synopsis

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Asobime

"Dancer of Gor" stumbles

by Asobime on Jan 31, 2008

I have just come to the Gor series this year. "Dancer of Gor" was written late in the series, in 1985. It was recommended to my by a Gorean man, passionate about John Norman and because I am a bellydancer. This is a very long book, and I found it rather pedantic, overly long and repetitive. However, Norman does a remarkable job on some interesting detail of bellydancer's studio costumes in the 1980's. He observes closely, and perhaps that is part of the problem. Too much detail! Some of the dialogue is just downright strange. Lots of "Yes, she is not a virgin" which made me laugh. I must admit the book gets better around page 346, Chapter 25 and this is almost a 500 page book. As far as her dancing, well, I learned something here. There is an abandonment to the dance that we don't see in 'real' life. One who is a dancer would never throw themselves around in such ways, this is purely fictional. You could get seriously hurt! The forms that Norman envisions as bellydancing are very primitive, there is no stylistic content, no Turkish or Eygptian movements, just a very primal 'dance'. Perhaps what he does here is show bellydance in it's most base elements. That's not bad. However, "Tribemen of Gor" is a much better book, with better dancing!

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