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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A woman disappears, leaving behind an incendiary diary chronicling a journey of sexual awakening. To all who knew her, she was the good wife: But the diary reveals a secret self, one who’s discovered that her new marriage contains mysteries of its own.
She has discovered a forgotten Elizabethan manuscript that dares to speak of what women truly des A woman disappears, leaving behind an incendiary diary chronicling a journey of sexual awakening. She has discovered a forgotten Elizabethan manuscript that dares to speak of what women truly desire, and inspired by its revelations, she tastes for the first time the intoxicating power of knowing what she wants and how to get it.
How long can she sustain a perilous double life? Paperbackpages. Published August 28th by Harper Perennial first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Bride Stripped Bareplease sign up. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [ergh, did theo and cole even have an affair? See nimki question about The Bride Stripped Bare….
Lists with This Bemmell. Jun 24, Pearlie rated it it was ok Recommends it for: This book was basically irritating. She found this manuscript though. So does the manuscript give insight into the woman’s disappearance? Der- not at all. It’s just this woman who is basically an asshole telling of her dissatisfaction with her brand new marriage it starts on their hon This book was basically irritating.
It’s just this woman who is basically an asshole telling of her dissatisfaction nikkl her brand new marriage it starts on their honeymoon and her sexual adventures with various strangers.
After a few of these attractive cabbie orgies, she is torn between one of her other lovers and her husband who she pretty much hates. So what does she do to resolve this? If you want to read gemmlel a woman’s sexual awakening then try Anais Nin. If you want to read about a woman who is trapped in a depressing marriage, try “The Awakening. View all 6 comments.
Firstly, let me just say — this book is not about sex, it is about sexuality. It is not about the act; but instead, the thoughts behind it. Yes, this book contains explicit scenes — but unlike most general fiction novels cough, The Bronze Horseman, coughwe are given snippets of boldness to accommodate a softer understanding. As a reader I felt encouraged to view these explicit scenes as circumstances of society — rather than acts of passion.
There was something very raw and harsh about them; like they were there to mirror a cold street. Because female sexuality is still taboo. Gemmell is a clever girl; she knew what her critics would say.
Or are we still forced to hide our animalistic tendencies more so than man, conforming to some draconian myth what a woman is? View all 3 comments. Jun 28, Annie rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I absolutely hated and possibly despised this book- so much so that I will have to re-read it to reassess my harsh judgement of it in the hopes joiva I was just being a young, inexperienced and intolerant sod at the time.
What I find appalling gee that’s a strong word is that the book sells itself on being unashamedly honest- and niki may be so in its efforts to express forbidden sexual desires. But in the areas that really count for something, it uses brazen sex to shock and blind the reader I absolutely hated and possibly despised this book- so much so that I will have to re-read it to reassess my harsh judgement of it in the hopes that I was just being a young, inexperienced and intolerant sod at the time.
But in the areas dewpida really count for something, it uses brazen sex to shock and blind the reader to the fact that it has absolutely nothing to reveal about personal responsibility, relationships, love, marriage,and growth. The hypocrisy of this book doesn’t even allow you to enjoy the erotica. Jul 08, Eve rated it it was amazing. desoida
Nikki GEMMEL (Author of A Noiva Despida)
Since this is my first foray into erotic fiction, I had very little idea of what to expect. Lots of “sexy sex” I imagined. But The Bride Stripped Bare absolutely floored me from the very beginning.
Sexual descriptions aside, which were not cover to cover as I had preconceived, The Bride Stripped Bare had every element I desire in any novel: Literary writing of high caliber – Raw. Literary writing of high caliber – The Bride Stripped Bare is written in a very tricky, unusual second person point of view, present tense.
As a reader I’m so used to the first person device which instantly places me in the main character’s mind; however, this perspective achieved the same but in a more immediate, intimate way. By the constant “you,” I actually felt that I inhabited the nameless character: It was written anonymously in It’s scarcely bigger than the palm of your hand.
The paper is made of rag, not wood pulp, and the pages crackle with brittleness as they’re turned. You love that sound, it’s like the first gemmel of a flame taking hold It smells of confinement and secret things. Profundity because it’s not merely about sex or sexual acts but comments truthfully, without romanticism, about love, betrayal, friendship, transgression, marriage, parental relationships, even motherhood.
Every woman who reads this will gasp, not so much with surprise, but with repeated affirmation. Gemmell wrote what women secretly feel, what they tell themselves, what they hide and what they desire. An emptiness when every night you lie in the double bed, restlessly awake, astounded at how closely hate can nudge against love, can noova around it sinuously like a cat.
An emptiness when you realize that the loneliest you’ve ever been is within a marriage, as a wife. They have complexity and nuance which ring true. The plot has a recognizable trajectory, chronicling love from its honeymoon stage, to comfortable couplehood, then its disillusionment, and resurrection, again mirroring what most couples go through.
Within this framework, the nameless character loses and finds herself – until the final scene in which the reader is left pondering what really happened.
It’s literally a cliffhanger and that’s all I will say about that. And now to the good part. The sex is good, yo. As I s above, the novel isn’t sex from cover to cover. It progresses from chaste “down there” to bolder, more explicit, then right out climactic aria of erotic fantasies. Some of it is authentically mundane. Some repulsive and shocking. All of it is riveting. I’ll leave you to discover the graphic passages for yourself. Wide, blunt, clean fingernails. The nape of your neck nuzzled. Burrowing nikji under the blankets.
Clothes to be drawn off slowly in exquisite anticipation. Cold, smooth walls you are rammed against. The sound of a lover’s breath close to your ear. Your hair pulled back when he’s inside. Your name spoken aloud just before he comes. Connecting, a holiness fluttering within you both.
Seduction that’s slow, intriguing, unique, by flattery, extravagant gestures, text: This was the first book with any type of erotica theme that I’d ever read.
I remember being absolutely scattered as I followed this woman’s journey of her seeking something that was just so simply destructive. She was an effervescent dwspida looking for something more, that elusive high that kept the bar being raised so much niki every encounter.
Too dangerous as it cannot have a never ending satisfactory and successful ‘high’. It will all fall down, and she will have to dexpida herself up. This wil This was the first book with any type of erotica theme that I’d ever read. This will be too difficult as going back to everyday will make her sluggish and unable to cope with the mundane. A dangerous pursuit with only bad results!
Jan 08, J. The best second person narrative I have read, ever! This is languid and beautiful and biting, tragic and edge of your seat.