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  • Hardback | 500 pages
  • 140 x 220mm
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0246123966
  • 9780246123961

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Whole chunks of Yerby's latest junk-fest could be lifted out and reprinted as trashporn parody in the National Lampoon; unfortunately, the comedy here is entirely unintentional - and only sporadic. Mireille Duclos is a teen-whore in 1850 San Francisco, toiling at the rough Dirty Spoon brothel. ("She felt that elephantine rod of flesh prod against her, hot and hateful, errantly probing, seeking ingress. . . .") She's rescued by Guillermo Kilpatrick - but, despite mucho passion, he won't marry her. ("Am I a person to you, Willy? . . . Not just - an apparatus of flesh - sufficiently warm, soft, wet for you to - push yours up into and - get your rocks off, as the miners say?") So Mireille turns to lesbian joys with chum Paquita; she returns to whoring and tricks old judge Alain Curtwright into marriage; promptly widowed, she then uses her expertise to snare rising tycoon Andrew MacFarland. ("Welcome, huge sausage, into my little Turkish steambath. . . .") But years later, when Mireille is a rich, proper matron, her sins will catch up with her: her two children turn out to be sinful, kinky types - especially her daughter Claire, she of the opium-den degradations and the passion for. . . Guillermo Kilpatrick. As Mireille says at the close, "Everything that's wrong with you is - my fault. Born of the blood, the madness, I gave you. The seed of the very Devil himself, maybe, taken into my loins during some witches' sabbath of drunkenness and riot. . . ." Larded with racial stereotypes, comic-book dialect, and verbose porno-prose: wall-to-wall garbage. (Kirkus Reviews)show more