Little Birds

Little Birds

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Evocative and superbly erotic, Little Birds is a powerful journey into the mysterious world of sex and sensuality. From the beach towns of Normandy to the streets of New Orleans, these thirteen vignettes introduce us to a covetous French painter, a sleepless wanderer of the night, a guitar-playing gypsy, and a host of others who yearn for and dive into the turbulent depths of romantic more

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 12mm | 117.93g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 0140184716
  • 9780140184716

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"Focussing wholly on the sexual life is not natural." It's also dull - and these 13 little squiggles of pseudo-continental porn are dull indeed: inferior in all ways to Nin's more substantial Delta of Venus collection, less feminist in orientation, and unlikely to repeat that curious commercial success, despite the continued appeal to porn-seekers who wouldn't be caught dead buying a back-of-the-store paperback. The title anecdote offers an exhibitionist who dotes on little girls; other tales venture into oral sex, threesomes, lesbians, a mechanical device or two, an artist who'd rather get it on with the carved statue than the model, and a deep-South husband who can only be stimulated by black women. Only two stories - both about virgins - have even vague narrative interest: "A Model" who goes from one painter to another, allowing herself to be brought closer and closer to sexual initiation; and a "Runaway" teenager who, deflowered by a young swinger, proceeds to wear out both him and his roommate. Nin never pretended that this was anything but the quickest route to reader arousal and author profit - and that's still all it is. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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7,280 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
5 24% (1,751)
4 39% (2,838)
3 29% (2,094)
2 7% (477)
1 2% (120)
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