Artists and Models

by Anais Nin | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0141022361 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingmiketrollwing on 5/7/2005
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingmiketrollwing on Saturday, May 07, 2005
One of the Pocket Penguin 70th anniversary titles. The blurb talks up the artistic quality of Anais Nin's stories, for some reason a habitual defence of pornography, for this is what the stories are. For me, their main interest lies in the fact that this is literary porn written by a woman, and from the viewpoint of female sexual feelings. This makes Nin's work unusual in the genre!

Journal Entry 2 by deenbat from Carlisle, Pennsylvania USA on Tuesday, November 22, 2005
received yesterday, and as it is nice and short, I have already finished it!

I had not previously read Nin, and I think the length of this book made it a good introduction! I also suspect that this is sufficiently typical of her work for me to be able to say that I have read her (should I ever want to be able to say so!). I found it interesting to read, although I think her ideas are not necessarily typical (if there is such a thing) of most womens' responses...

The cover of this edition is such that it seems unsuitable to me for a wild release. I will save it until I think of a good way (or place) to pass it along...

Journal Entry 3 by deenbat from Carlisle, Pennsylvania USA on Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Off to BookGroupMan - what's rather humorous is that it is going back across the water. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 4 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, April 12, 2007
Thanks Deenbat, arrived safe and sound with lovely surprise stationery pressie :)

>...going back across the water

But 'tis only a big pond!

Journal Entry 5 by BookGroupMan from Criccieth, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Nin was, according to the blurb, ‘A major inspiration for the early feminist movement…’, and these stories are, ‘…mesmerising explorations of art, power and passionate desire by one of the most eloquent writers of erotic literature.’

Well, I’m not familiar with this genre, but I found it pretty poor stuff in terms of writing basics; plot, structure, charactisation etc. If ‘mesmerising’ means lacking substance, meandering aimlessly and not engaging the reader then I agree! I guess that some of the eroticism was challenging (from a woman) and probably even shocking when it was written, in the 1940’s, but I’m more struck with how simple and similar (autobiographical?) the leads were in each story, both innocent virgins who get involved in the art scenes in Paris and New York. They drift in and out of modelling jobs regaled with tales of excess, variously fighting off advances, or naively throwing themselves at artists!

Thank you Deena & miketrollstigen for the opportunity to read this :)

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