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This now classic book of erotica is, alongside Story of O , the most famous French underground novel of the late twentieth century and a work of seductive literary merit. Written by the wife of a diplomat in the French Foreign Service, it takes the form of an autobiographical novel, which it may or may not be.
As the story opens, Emmanuelle is boarding a plane in London to rejoin her husband in Bangkok. She finds herself powerfully compelled by the overnight passenger seated beside her, and before she has landed, her irrepressible sensual nature has begun to open wide vistas of sexual possibility. As the novel continues, she moves easily from the waiting arms of her husband to intimacies with the wives of his business associates to further explorations and experiences in which the subtle aesthetics of eroticism are expounded -- and enacted -- to their fullest.
Emmanuelle , which has sold hundreds of thousands of copies since its initial clandestine publication in France, relates the movement of a woman from an unconscious to a profoundly conscious sexuality. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
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I could easily write a cop-out, only-read-Playboy-for-the-stories type of review here. Lot of very interesting philosophical insights, perhaps a bit too much sex, that kind of thing. Fellow GoodReaders, I cannot lie to you. Nothing could in fact be further from the truth. I wolfed down the first two-thirds of this book, which consist of one juicy sex scene after another. Then she met dull, creepy, manipulative Mario, and we got started on the philosophy.
I felt my eyes closing. I tried several t I could easily write a cop-out, only-read-Playboy-for-the-stories type of review here.
I tried several times to read further, but I just couldn't do it. I was assailed by horrible pangs of guilt. Arsan is clearly not stupid she originally wanted to be an astronomer - I did too!
She just happens to be much better at writing about sex than philosophy. But she seemed to have put a lot of work into the philosophy, and it was terrible that I didn't even read that part of the book. I almost thought I'd somehow taken advantage of her. Well, Emmanuelle, everyone has things they're good at and things they just wish they were good at. I understand that Bertrand Russell's Principia Sexualis was a complete flop, and that he humiliated himself further by unsuccessfully trying to sell the movie rights.
He only started to recover a little when they gave him the Nobel Prize. It's possible that that story isn't literally true in every detail, but I really and truly don't want you to feel bad about this unfortunate episode. It's my fault, not yours. View all 20 comments. Emmanuelle is 19 years old, and leaves to find her husband Jean, a diplomat in Bangkok, whom she married a few months earlier. The society that welcomes it is rich and idle; fidelity is seen as an amusing eccentricity, chastity as a shocking defeat.
And if Emmanuelle, with the consent of her husband, is not against some adventures, the freedom of these women intimidates him. One of them will take pity on the girl, take charge of her education, and then entrust her to Mario's hands. He has very sp Emmanuelle is 19 years old, and leaves to find her husband Jean, a diplomat in Bangkok, whom she married a few months earlier.
He has very specific ideas about what eroticism should be and not be: to separate man a little more from the animal, we must avoid everything that is biological instinct. Conversely, it is necessary to look for "non-natural" pleasures, the unusual, with an unlimited number of partners. Emmanuelle is a philosophy of sexuality rather than a simple erotic novel, to be classified in the same category as Sade.
Before this novel, the pinnacle of eroticism was to be whipped on the coffin of his father, with Emmanuelle, place to a happy and bright sexuality. May she be warmly thanked, whatever one thinks of her principles! Oct 01, Jennifyre Ziegler rated it really liked it. Believe it or not this is one of the first novels I ever read I found it in my Fathers closet..
I have to say that although I have not reread it since then it is embedded in my memory as one of the most provocative and far from boring books I ever read ;. View 2 comments. Jan 08, Fede rated it it was ok Shelves: fiction , french-belgian. Sometimes we just need stereotypes to be confirmed: after all is said and done, we find in conventional ideas the last staple of our decaying culture.
The Thai writer Emmanuelle Arsan actually Marayat Bibidh or Krasaesin or Virajjakkam or, for Heaven's sake, there seem to be a hundred more became - lucky her - Madame Rollet-Andriane by marrying a French diplomat she met while still in her teens. He was The happy couple moved to Bangkok soon after the ceremony Now, the novel.
By , when J. Jaeckin's film version was made out of the first volume, it had become a classic and a milestone in all-time erotica. After a first class flight spent mostly in a stranger's arms, and this is clearly a euphemism, Emmanuelle is warmly welcomed by the female high society she now belongs to; nobody can resist her beauty, and the generous attitude with which she shares it among her new acquaintances definitely helps.
She also meets Mario, a homosexual Italian expat thanks a lot, Marayat.. This is supposed to be part of the girl's education; we all wonder whether she actually needed his contribution anyway. In the meantime, Mario keeps philosophizing and giving his precious advice on eroticism and self-consciousness to his otherwise busy pupil. And then From the point of view of literature, this novel is mediocre.
And I'm being quite generous. The eroticism is due mostly to the bourgeois setting. I mean, the protagonist's sexual exploits are not exactly memorable.
Arsan has an annoying tendency to sugarcoat what should be the mere description of sex and pleasure by the use of ridiculous metaphors and a verbal virtuosity she doesn't master at all. The writing is not too bad, but it's just not intriguing.
After a decent start, the reader ends up being more interested in the description of the exotic landscape than anything else, as though shifting from a soft-core film to a National Geographic documentary. Except that this is supposed to be an erotic tale, not a Lonely Planet guidebook. The only merit of this book is the depiction of the moral climate of the high-class milieu it portrays.
Trivia: Sylvia Kristel is just great in the 'official' film series, but I still prefer the Venezuelan actress playing Emmanuelle in the tv series, Marcela Walerstein. Her beaverish front teeth are an absolute turn-on.
View all 10 comments. Jan 01, Brad rated it liked it Recommends it for: Kiki.
This now classic book of erotica is, alongside Story of O , the most famous French underground novel of the late twentieth century and a work of seductive literary merit. Written by the wife of a diplomat in the French Foreign Service, it takes the form of an autobiographical novel, which it may or may not be. As the story opens, Emmanuelle is boarding a plane in London to rejoin her husband in Bangkok. She finds herself powerfully compelled by the overnight passenger seated beside her, and before she has landed, her irrepressible sensual nature has begun to open wide vistas of sexual possibility.