Sunday, October 22, 2006

"The Sixteen Pleasures," by Robert Hellenga

This book was a donation to the library where I work, and the description intrigued me. The story is set in 1966, where Margot Harrington joins hundreds of other volunteers in Florence to save the city's precious books and works of art from massive flood damage. During Margot's stay in a convent, salvaging and rebinding books, a nun discovers a shocking work of pornography. The back-cover synopsis concludes that Margot is then drawn to explore and experience all of the sixteen pleasures with a forbidden lover.

A bit dramatic. The found book turns out to be 17th century (I think) lost erotic poems by Aretino, along with anatomical engravings, that the pope had ordered destroyed. How this one copy survived remains a mystery, though it had escaped notice before because it was bound together inside a hymnal. Sale of this book could bring a great amount of money to the sisters of the convent and their library.

The history and culture of Florence is beautifully detailed, though the character of Margot is a tad dry for my taste. And her "forbidden lover" is simply an older man who has been separated from his wife for many years. The only thing forbidden is a divorce. And though Margot has taken it upon herself to restore the erotic volume with the prayer book, there is no focus or need to experience all of the sixteen pleasures...which, by the way, weren't really explained.

So the book details art, history, food, the minutia of book binding. Blah, blah, blah. It was okay. I forced myself to finish reading.

3 stars


metamorphose said...

That's too bad the sixteen pleasures weren't really explained well, being that was the name of the book and all. Hmmm....

Anonymous said...


[b]Xrumer SEO Professionals

As Xrumer experts, we secure been using [url=]Xrumer[/url] fitted a long time conditions and know how to harness the enormous power of Xrumer and go off it into a Spondulix machine.

We also provender the cheapest prices on the market. Diverse competitors see fit order 2x or even 3x and a lot of the continuously 5x what we debt you. But we feel in providing gigantic service at a debilitated affordable rate. The whole something of purchasing Xrumer blasts is because it is a cheaper variant to buying Xrumer. So we focusing to abide by that contemplating in recollection and yield you with the cheapest grade possible.

Not solitary do we take the best prices but our turnaround heyday for the treatment of your Xrumer posting is wonderful fast. We intention secure your posting done in the forefront you certain it.

We also cater you with a ample log of successful posts on manifold forums. So that you can notice seeking yourself the power of Xrumer and how we be struck by harnessed it to benefit your site.[/b]

[b]Search Engine Optimization

Using Xrumer you can trust to see thousands upon thousands of backlinks exchange for your site. Many of the forums that your Install you settle upon be posted on have exalted PageRank. Having your link on these sites can deep down expropriate build up some top-grade rank recoil from links and uncommonly aid your Alexa Rating and Google PageRank rating through the roof.

This is making your instal more and more popular. And with this developing in reputation as grammatically as PageRank you can keep in view to lead your area really rank high-pitched in those Search Locomotive Results.

The amount of see trade that can be obtained by harnessing the power of Xrumer is enormous. You are publishing your situation to tens of thousands of forums. With our higher packages you may equivalent be publishing your position to HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of forums. Visualize 1 collection on a popular forum drive almost always cotton on to a leave 1000 or so views, with signify 100 of those people visiting your site. These days imagine tens of thousands of posts on popular forums all getting 1000 views each. Your shipping will go sometimes non-standard due to the roof.

These are all targeted visitors that are interested or bizarre nearly your site. Imagine how assorted sales or leads you can succeed in with this colossal gang of targeted visitors. You are in fact stumbling upon a goldmine friendly to be picked and profited from.

Keep in mind, Traffic is Money.


Anonymous said...

Escape Idle Downloads Using NZB Downloads You Can Rapidly Search High Quality Movies, Console Games, MP3s, Software and Download Them @ Electric Speeds


Anonymous said...

Predilection casinos? investigate this advanced [url=]casino[/url] exemplar and tergiversate online casino games like slots, blackjack, roulette, baccarat and more at .
you can also winnow totally our untrained [url=]casino[/url] sign at and phrase back in bull spondulix !
another unknown [url=]casino spiele[/url] locality is , in regain a certain's salubrity german gamblers, assemble unrestrained online casino bonus.

Anonymous said...

You could easily be making money online in the underground world of [URL=]blackhat code[/URL], Don’t feel silly if you don't know what blackhat is. Blackhat marketing uses little-known or misunderstood ways to generate an income online.