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The butcher and other erotica
Reyes, Alina.
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Uniform Title:
Boucher. English
First Grove Press edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Grove Press, 1995.
Physical Description:
191 pages ; 22 cm
Two erotic novellas by a French writer. The title novella is on a woman art student who takes a summer job in a butcher's shop and is seduced by the owner. As the reviewer for the London Daily Express wrote, "I didn't know such goings-on were even possible in a freezer." The other novella, Lucie's Long Voyage, is on a woman who lives in a forest and gets herself pregnant by a bear.
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Includes two works originally published separately as The butcher, and Lucie's long voyage.

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A young Frenchwoman goes to work in a butcher's shop during her college vacation. Every day the butcher whispers obscenities in her ear, describing their imagined lovemaking. And as the summer heat takes hold, so does her lust. Here The Butcher is coupled with Reyes' second novella, Lucie's Long Voyage, which also features her irresistible blend of sensual earthiness and the dreamlike imagery of a fractured fairy tale.

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Booklist Review

This intensely erotic novel consists of the sexual awakening and subsequent adventures of Maria Luisa Ruiz-Poveda y Garcia de la Casa, a young woman from Madrid whose middle-class family calls her Lulu. Lulu's erotic tastes are always on the cutting edge: When just a schoolgirl, she is seduced by the much older Pablo, a friend of her older brother with a thing for adolescent girls. Later, while in the university, she is initiated into various nonmainstream sexual practices by Pablo, now a professor. Lulu develops an avid taste for Madrid's seamier sexual subcultures, ranging from bisexual group sex to a graphically depicted, nearly fatal bout with rough trade. Powerfully written and imparting a disturbing, immediate impact, Grandes' novel, like those of such other Grove authors as De Sade and Reage, might rouse the ire of censorious citizens in many libraries' communities, yet on purely literary grounds, it is a powerful essay into the darker side of female sexuality. ~--John Shreffler

Publisher's Weekly Review

Set in Madrid, this luridly inventive first novel strives to shock but instead proves that a woman's quasi-pornographic erotic fiction can be as mechanical, repetitive, graphic and cerebral as men's contribution to the genre. The story follows the sexual awakening of narrator Lulu, seduced at age 15 by an old family friend, Pablo, who poses as her guardian and then as her father, and who ultimately marries her. Echoes of Sade and The Story of O abound as Lulu has sex with her schoolmistress; enjoys a threesome with Pablo and a transvestite; obsessively beds homosexual men; is blindfolded, tied down and gang-raped; and then is raped by her brother Marcelo. Lulu's struggle to free herself of brutal, alcoholic Pablo's smothering grip, and her fitful concern for her small daughter, Ines, who seems utterly lost and insignificant amid the assorted sexual frenzies, are perfunctory plot elements in an overly busy narrative that reveals an almost fetishistic obsession with sadomasochism, bondage, oral sex, sodomy, depilation, masturbation, voyeurism and so forth. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This first-person narrative follows the modern sexual exploits of Lulu, beginning with her teenage sexual initiation with her brother's older friend Pablo and continuing up to her mid-thirties. Lulu, whose experiences seem to come from the pen of the Marquis de Sade, is totally obsessed and dominated by Pablo. Despite Pablo's compulsive involvement with young girls, they marry and have a daughter named Ines. Lulu seeks her own sexual gratification, which involves transvestites, prostitution, sodomy, and sadomasochism. A nightmarish party, orchestrated by Pablo, accompanied by a variety of violent and sadistic episodes concludes this debut work of erotica that comes from a world of fantasy where our present-day fear of AIDS and other diseases doesn't exist. Although Grandes's writing is serviceable, the plot is not very compelling, and the characterizations are shallow even by erotica standards. The pornographic descriptions may offend many readers. Not essential for most collections.-David A. Beronä, Westbrook Coll. Lib., Portland, Me. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.