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The Sexual Life of Catherine M.

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Written in spare, elegant prose, "The Sexual Life of Catherine M." is the autobiography of a well-known Parisian art critic who likes to spend nights ... Show synopsis

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Antonicus

Erotic Autobiography.

by Antonicus on Mar 14, 2008

It is infrequently that I pick up book quickly for a second reading but Catherine Millet's autobiography is one that I know I will enjoy rereading and thinking about for some time to come. Her self-analysis is penetrating, to the point and never verbose. It was with some surprise as I read the book I would find it extremely erotic sections. It's not as if she set out to write an erotic story of her life, or create erotic vignettes, but it is generated by the honest and revealing description. In writing about erotic and sexual matters, a writer can be prim and prissy, or write it like a porn novel. Catherine has written using her own language, her own quirks of expression, and of course borrowed from her lovers words. All of which creates great writing but naturally only can be done once in a book of this style. I am leaving out the genre of the very unusual books such as the collections of erotic short stories by Anais Nin, which stand as politically incorrect but very delightful gems, being few and far between in the field of erotic writing. There are those who will murmur about her Catherine Millet's deranged behaviour and self destructive life, ignoring the fact, which she does not labour, that she holds a professional job of the first water. She chose her personal lifestyle because it thrilled her, and while she was at many times a passive object of lust, she has her friends in the group who watch out for her interests and safety. A surprising book that makes for parts of erotic, thoughtful, fascinating and new reading. Antonicus

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