Erotomania: A Romance

Erotomania A Romance A hilariously satirical debut novel Miller Lawrence and Genet stop by like proud ancestors But it s a recent generation of mischievous deviant writers Nicholson Baker Mary Gaitskill that truly loom

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  • Title: Erotomania: A Romance
  • Author: Francis Levy
  • ISBN: 9780976389576
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Paperback
  • A hilariously satirical debut novel Miller, Lawrence, and Genet stop by like proud ancestors But it s a recent generation of mischievous deviant writers Nicholson Baker, Mary Gaitskill that truly looms large Erotomania s closest predecessor might be Baker s The Fermata An ambitious book A biting satire Zach Baron, Village Voice Sex is familiar, b A hilariously satirical debut novel Miller, Lawrence, and Genet stop by like proud ancestors But it s a recent generation of mischievous deviant writers Nicholson Baker, Mary Gaitskill that truly looms large Erotomania s closest predecessor might be Baker s The Fermata An ambitious book A biting satire Zach Baron, Village Voice Sex is familiar, but it s perennial, and Levy makes it fresh Richard Rayner, Los Angeles Times Book Review Levy seems to have an eye for detail for all that is absurd, commonly human, and uniquely American Beth Harrington, Bookslut It s a great book, written with flawless verve by a tremendous fictioneer and thinker, and it deserves glory A classic Andre Codrescu, Exquisite Corpse Erotomania can just as easily be a bookend to the beautifully nuanced prose of Milan Kundera as it can be a long version story for a nudie mag minus the accompanying photographs It s all in the context as it is with most relationships Quarterly Conversation Erotomania wields a comedic punch that makes it, above all, a fun novel to read NerveErotomania is an absurdist portrait of a modern day romance It follows James and Monica from their early days as couple that is forced to move into a nuclear fall out bunker so their explosive sex life doesn t physically harm their neighbors, down the long journey to marriage counseling.Francis Levy s short stories, criticism, humor, and poetry have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Village Voice, and The Quarterly.

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    1. I was intrigued by the idea of a humorous absurdist erotica novel (what it seems to be from the reviews). I wouldn't say that I was disappointed or that it's a 'bad' book - it's just not written for me. It's clear from the beginning (and really from life itself) that men and women think about sex differently. In this novel, though, you don't have a regular man - you've got a sex addict. His way of thinking is so radically male and so radically different from mine that I just couldn't get into th [...]

    2. I was excited because this seemed like a great comp for my book which is hard to find comparables for. The author mixes art, literature, and cinema references with raunchy language and tons of insight into a certain type of male mind least the stereotypical sex obsessed twenty year old kind, though other details make the main character seem much older There is so far a lot of detail that is dropped in which is not explained about the character, one example would be the strange references to his [...]

    3. This novel is in many ways a dark comedy based upon the themes of Freud’s Civilization and its Discontents. The story is a first-person narrative told by James, a theatrical set designer who becomes obsessed with a woman (who is likewise obsessed with him) after he has an anonymous sexual encounter with her. He knows her first through her body, long before he learns her name or identity, or even has a clear image of her face. But know her personally he eventually does, and the arc of the novel [...]

    4. Madness. Stark, raving madnesspure and simple.The shades of Miller are evident, and consider this fair warning as to the sheer sexual depravity of the bookough that's not what it has most in common with Tropic of Cancer. What is shares is this: "This is not a book. This is libel, slander, defamation of character. This is not a book, in the ordinary sense of the word. No, this is a prolonged insult, a gob of spit in the face of Art, a kick in the pants to God, Man, Destiny, Time, Love, Beauty . . [...]

    5. Erotomania is an engaging portrait of a sex addicted couple, their therapy with an ex-military couples counselor, and their recovery. James has Turrets Syndrom and priapism; Monica is a nymphomaniac. Can they find love and build a life together? Will they have anything in common should they recover from their sex addiction? This short novel combines high and low brow culture in a way that I find appealing but some other readers might find pretentious and crude. That a sixty-something year old ma [...]

    6. Graphic! I was shocked! But in another way it made me laugh at how realistic it all sounded. This book embarrassed me at times but was very cleverly executed as I still enjoyed reading it. Although I felt quite uncomfortable when my mum asked me what I was reading and could she read it after, its the equivalent to porn, in story-form, but in a non-taboo way. Realism at its best!

    7. Okay, I picked this book up in a small San Francisco bookstore, more so for the cover (I love monkeys, and here they are having sex!). I did not read anything about it, so didn't know what to expect. It is a novel about a couple with sex addiction, it was somewhat raunchy, but overall I liked it, especially the ending.

    8. If I was reviewing the first fifty pages of this book, I would've given it a better star ranking, but the exciting and almost frantic energy dissipates by the middle of the book. This is, I'm sure, by authorial design, but unfortunately, nothing comes in to take the energy's place, so the narrative drive is overall problematic in this book.

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