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It came at last, the dear, critical, dangerous hour came; and now, supported only by the courage love lent me, I ventured, a tip-toe, down stairs, leaving my box behind, for fear of being surprized with it in going out.
I got to the street door, the key whereof was always laid on the chair by our bed side, in trust with Phoebe, who having not the least suspicion of my entertaining any design to go from them nor, indeed, had I, but the day before , made no reserve or concealment of it from me.
I opened the door with great ease; love, that emboldened, protected me too: and now, got safe into the street, I saw my new guardian angel waiting at a coach door, ready open.
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How I got to him I know not: I suppose I flew; but I was in the coach in a trice, and he by the side of me, with his arms clasped round me, and giving me the kiss of welcome. The c.
Read More Community Reviews 4. Even by today's standards it is bawdy.
Fellow GR reviewer Jessica called it "lovely filthy filth". It has survived the centuries though and still finds itself in print and apparently still being read by hundreds of Goodreads members.
I'd make Fanny Hill required reading in freshman English classes across the country, thus instantly solving our country's illiteracy problem and instilling an abiding love of literature in our nation's young citizens.
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Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure by John Cleland
I'd never The hardship, however, is mostly in the form of a lot of sex which she finds a lot of Just warning you in advance : Okay, firstly, this is porn.
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site Edition Verified download. At the same time, allow me to place you here an excuse I am conscious of owing you, for having, perhaps, too much affected the figurative style; though surely, it can pass nowhere more allowable than in a subject which is so properly the province of poetry, nay, is poetry itself, pregnant with every flower of imagination and loving metaphors, even were not the natural expressions, for respects of fashion and sound, necessarily forbidden.
Although rife with typos were they ALL in the original edition? Fanny is the female Odysseus- she sees the ways of many men, and then sails home again.
Men, and monsters.. Let me quote an early passage at length: Imagine to yourself, a man rather past threescore, short and ill-made, with a yellow cadaverous hue, great goggle eyes, that stared as if he was strangled; an out-mouth from two more properly tusks than teeth, livid lips, and breath like a Jake's: Impotence, more than necessity, made him seek in variety, the provocative that was wanting to raise him to the pitch of enjoyment, which he too often saw himself baulked of, by the failure of his powers: Cleland wrote this as a 'pot-boiler' to get himself out of debtor's prison, but the language is clear and forceful, not elegant but also never coarse.
I could easily quote a 'warm' scene or two, but instead listen to this: As soon as he had disengaged, the charming Emily got up, and we crowded round her with congratulations and other officious little services; for it is to be noted, that though all modesty and reserve were banished from the transaction of these pleasures, good manners and politeness were inviolably observed: On the contrary, nothing was wanting to soothe, encourage, and soften the sense of their condition to them.
Men know not in general how much they destroy of their own pleasure, when they break through the respect and tenderness due to our sex, and even to those of it who live only by pleasing them. Although not quite as fond of this book as when I first read it, I still rate it very high among books of its time, and among books of its kind. Paperback Verified download. The novel, for what it is, is an excellent piece of work - and the first erotic novel. But what will draw your attention as much as the subject, is the masterful command of the English language and turn of phrase.
The 1, subtle descriptors and metaphors for any single act or 'item' without repetition. It might make you long for the days when large and creative vocabularies were routinely treasured, rather than abridged as much as possible.
But make no mistake - read an excerpt somewhere - even by 21st century standards, it's pretty steamy stuff.
I'd like to divide my review into two sections because my thoughts on the novel itself and my thoughts on this particular edition thereof are rather different. It's not really my own cup of tea, but I do see its great value in the history of literature it's widely considered to be the first work of English prose pornography.
If you're expecting a tasteful classic, you'd be well advised to look elsewhere. But if you're interested in the development of the English novel as a literary form or in the history of pornography and censorship of literature, this book becomes required reading.
Ultimately, it's a long-form dirty story or rather a series of interconnected dirty stories , told primarily through puns and double entendre in fact, the reader will be hard pressed to find a single "dirty" word despite the subject matter.
Even the title is a double entendre. And yet, while it would be easy to read this book entirely as the author's own sexual fantasy which it undoubtedly is , there is enough "literary" content to raise the question of whether the novel should be read purely for titillation or whether it does in fact contain some valuable commentary on the human condition. At the end of the day, the modern reader looking for a pornographic work will likely be disappointed by the slightly outdated language and will probably find the lack of explicit speech tedious.
On the other hand, the reader looking for a glimpse into a seldom-discussed element of literary history will not be disappointed. The book is entirely devoid of any sort of historical or critical commentary, which some readers will find desirable and others will find disappointing.
It's also worth pointing out that this is an oversized "magazine-style" publication which actually renders the physical act of reading a little bit awkward. Stranger still, the book has been artificially divided into chapters even though the author's original work had no such divisions. This isn't necessarily a major distraction, but it raises some questions about the quality of work put into producing this edition. Along similar lines, typographical errors abound, and the reader is left to wonder how many of them were preserved from the original text and how many of them were introduced by this edition's editors.
If you just want a cheap edition so you can read the book, this might be the version for you, but if you want a high-quality publication of the work, you would be well-served to pay slightly more for a superior edition.
Clearly, the forward use of metaphors and similes in such a skillful and unabashed manner distinguishes the book as a literary Great. The eloquent skill aside, Cleland paints a torrid imagery on the canvas of s London. If only today's erotica could be written so beautifully and lyrically. So tastefully done that I am trying to figure out how to get a copy to my 20 year old daughter since I dont think I could speak so frankly to her about sex, love making and anatomy. The story is full of sexual overtones, innuendos, euphemisms and double meanings.Phoebe Ayres, the name of my tutoress elect, to whose care and instructions I was affectionately recommended.
H—— stole in upon us before either of us was aware, and saw us precisely in these convicting attitudes. I had, on that footing, been taken home, and was not six years old when this step-father died and left my mother in tolerable circumstances, and without any children by him. I dreaded alike his splitting me farther up, or his withdrawing; I could not bear either to keep or part with him.
Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure
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