Doreen Williamson is a quiet, shy librarian on Earth. Like many other young women, she is distrustful of her attractions, frightened of men, introverted in manner, and sexually inhibited. She lives within a quiet, lonely, dissatisfying, sheltered, frustrated desperation, distant from her true self, her nature denied, her only friends books and her ...
Doreen Williamson is a quiet, shy librarian on Earth. Like many other young women, she is distrustful of her attractions, frightened of men, introverted in manner, and sexually inhibited. She lives within a quiet, lonely, dissatisfying, sheltered, frustrated desperation, distant from her true self, her nature denied, her only friends books and her secret thoughts. In the realization and enactment of a profound fantasy, after acute self-conflict, she dares to study a form of dance in which she is at last free to move her body as a female, a form of dance in which she may revel in her beauty and womanhood, a form of dance historically commanded by masters of selected, suitable slaves: belly dance. She must then dance, for the first time, before men. In doing so, she discovers her own desirability and that she may be well bid upon.Rediscover this brilliantly imagined world where men are masters and women live to serve their every desire."
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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