The title is only half correct, the latter half to be more precise. Romance has been abandoned at the expense of injecting this book with only one single emotion: Lust among the 19th century affluent either had a very high bar of eroticism or we have really mellowed down and watered our libidiousness in the 20th. This book indulges in every imaginable taboo of pornography.. I was honestly surprised why such a dense literature on biomechanics bothered about a coherent timeline interweaving a confusing web of generations, which then again indulged in the same mechanical excesses as their parents, and often with the parents!
If you think yourself open minded and liberal regarding such content, this blast from the past might do some harm to your opinion. A bit too adventurous for me, at least i discovered some french and Italian words for otherwise delightfully disgusting things. If these kind of fantasies gets you on, that's cool, Please keep it to yourself. Mar 26, Annlu rated it liked it.
I was in search of gratis ebooks, when I found this one. I thought it would be nice to see the difference between an erotic novel from the 19th century and today. So I started reading So pobably the author thought to but everything that he could imagine into one b I was in search of gratis ebooks, when I found this one.
So pobably the author thought to but everything that he could imagine into one book. The book is divided in Volumes.
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After volume two it seemed to me to be always just the same. The author has put all in in respective of the sexual practices from the beginning on and than it got on like that. And when the narrator seduced the fourt elder women with acting like an innocent and had his x-th orgie I could not go on and did not read it from the 4. This is one they used to hide away behind locked cabinet doors, I'm sure. It's an interesting, perhaps astonishing and blush-inducing, foray into a lifestyle filled with frenzied lust. Of course I read it purely as "research".
If you're shocked by genitalia, blushingly virginal, or easily dismayed by unusual copulatory combinations, I don't recommend this. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I enjoyed most of the novel but there was way to much incest for my liking.
It just seemed way over the top.
Jun 06, Tomey rated it really liked it. Jan 01, Fallen rated it liked it. The Romance of Lust is renowned as a notorious erotic classic, and rightly so. However, it drags on for quite some time to the point where the narrative becomes less voluminous than gratuitous—which resigns it to be somewhat vacuous like particular popular contemporaries to which it is likened.
One has to wonder how this epic erotica can be likened to comparably tamer, if not banal pieces— The Romance of Lust is renowned as a notorious erotic classic, and rightly so. One has to wonder how this epic erotica can be likened to comparably tamer, if not banal pieces—and then, it becomes clear that its sheer quantity despite quality envisages artifice and excess. Now that I have your attention; I found this book to be hilariously erotic. I utilized this piece as part of my BA research thesis regarding human sexuality during the Victorian period.
Some may be turned off by this—understandably—so, be prepared; there is essentially no plot outside of the characters finding every way possible to satisfy their superhuman sex-drives. Jun 19, Emily rated it liked it Shelves: I don't think there's really a lot that can be said about this. It's pages of porn and nothing else with only the faintest whiff of plot. After a while it does get tedious to read, but I find Victorian porn interesting. As forewarning to anyone who hasn't read Victorian pornography before: There's stuff in here that isn't allowed to be published today.
Dec 09, Redwan Hasan rated it did not like it. Actually I'm not finished but I'm not gonna finish it either. I was hoping to get something about history and life of that era but this one is purely an erotic story and one that contains lot of pedophilia and incest behavior. Why did I have high hope for this? Well it was on Gutenberg top download or something. Not my cup of tea. Feb 11, Passant Lotfy rated it did not like it Shelves: I picked this book yesterday out of sheer boredom and sleeplessness, and honestly I am appalled. I get that this is a totally different era, and that they had different outlook on sex and everything Incest and pedophilia, is that what sex was back then?
Jan 23, Jill rated it liked it. Trashy romance that puts even the trashiest of modern romance to shame.
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This is outright smut from beginning to end, and this work of pornography gives a glimpse into the inner workings of the "repressed" Victorian age. May 22, Caught Between Pages rated it did not like it. Aug 31, Lisa Marie Gabriel rated it it was ok Shelves: The Romance of Lust I discovered this e-tome on Project Gutenberg while browsing for old novels and mistook it for a Gothic novel.
Imagine my surprise on reading the first few pages!
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Those of us born in the latter half of the 20th century tend to think we discovered sex and permissiveness but there is nothing we can think of that has not been done before so it seems. Perhaps we think the Victorians straitlaced because that is the image we were presented with, but the streets of Victorian cities o The Romance of Lust I discovered this e-tome on Project Gutenberg while browsing for old novels and mistook it for a Gothic novel. Perhaps we think the Victorians straitlaced because that is the image we were presented with, but the streets of Victorian cities offered just the same exploitative possibilities as sex tourism offers today.
First let me say I am quite difficult to shock, but there are elements of this book that I do find obscene, so much so as to say if this were to be made into a film its director and those who viewed the film would undoubtedly go to prison. The Romance of Lust is undoubtedly the filthiest book I have ever read and the voice of the author, to me, reads like the voice of a dirty old man trying to recall the lewd fantasies of an eleven year old boy.
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Its protagonist, Charlie, is a wan and undersized youth possessed of an enormous penis weep your heart out John Holmes and an obvious case of priapism. He is seduced by a nymphomaniac staying in his house on honeymoon. She catches him spying on her nuptials and proceeds to initiate him into the joys of sex. The most entertaining thing is the Victorian vocabulary such as postillion and gamahuch.
By part three the author becomes tired of paedophilia, non-consensual sex and incest and introduces coprophilia. Part four is quite dull but at the same time incredibly confusing. The orgies become more and more mind boggling as the reader tries to visualise what is actually going on and keep track of who is doing what to whom. More and more conquests and initiates are produced.
Imagine a three hour porn film in writing? You get the idea? From then on it is downhill all the way with more of the old same old, same old until Part Four ends. Throughout the narrative we are presented with incestual act after incestual act. Then I remembered the old adage that there are, for some men, only mothers and whores. Out of pure or impure curiosity I decided to see if this book is readily available and was surprised to find it on Amazon, firstly because Project Gutenberg books are not supposed to be sold elsewhere without permission and secondly because Amazon has a tendency to jump on the obscene and withdraw it if you will pardon the pun.
I can only construe that it is possibly heavily edited or abridged or that Amazon, assuming it to be fairly innocent stuff, has not vetted it at all. As for myself, I never like to review before completing a book but now I feel I need to read a couple of clean Christian romances to wash my mind out with detergent. I'm no stranger to erotic fiction. I've read plenty of stories that deal with taboo subjects of all kinds of depravity. Very little phases me anymore. That said, this book is weird. There's no real plot to it. It's just the sexual exploits of a man from pre-teen years, on up, told in explicit detail, but also in a manner that felt rushed.
The author might have weaved a much better story if they had included more drawing out of the tension rather than just "I discovered sex and from there quickly I'm no stranger to erotic fiction.
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The author might have weaved a much better story if they had included more drawing out of the tension rather than just "I discovered sex and from there quickly screwed everything in sight. Dec 23, Jen rated it it was ok. Oh my gosh, definitely one of the filthiest books I've ever read. Questions of authorship exist for this novel, and there are two likely candidates, William Simpson Potter , and Edward Sellon.
Sellon is the author of other erotic novels and a book on snake worship , whereas Potter wrote and had privately printed two books of letters on the Prince of Wales ' visit to India in — From examining the text in Letters from India during H. Potter to his sister , one could make a stronger case for Potter, as there are similarities in writing style between the book of letters and The Romance of Lust. Ashbee asserts that Potter acted as editor to contributions by a number of aficionados. Scholarship on this novel is limited, although it is mentioned in passing in a number of historical works on the literature of the Victorian era.
Marcus' study is psychological in nature, relies much on the work of Sigmund Freud , and he invents a word to describe the sexual activities in this novel, " pornotopia ", which he describes as being like a place where "all men Everyone is always ready for everything" p. Given the libidos of the characters, the comment is apt. Because of the often unrealistic description of sexual activities and positions in The Romance of Lust , Marcus uses the word vector to describe the mechanical sex acts.
He also speaks of emotional deprivation in conjunction with the work, because the characters do not interact with one another as real, thinking, and feeling persons would do. The first uncensored modern edition of this work was published in by Grove Press. Since then it has been republished by a number of publishers in the United States and the United Kingdom. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The book browser's guide to erotica.