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History of a Pleasure Seeker

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

    Tries hard, but ultimately an unsatisfying bodice ripper

    You can see that much research went into this book - research on the city of Amsterday, rich people's toys, what was fashionable in 1907, how the second Plaza Hotel was constructed in New York, sea voyages. It has one interesting plot device - using operatic music to communicate when society forbids communication. For the research and this one device, 2 stars. But sadly, the book is ultimately unsatisfying. It's not for want of the detail, or the many characters, or the detailed descriptions of various sex acts. It's because there is so little real plot, real affection or real pleasure in the characters' lives, and there are so many contradictions. It does not take long to realize that the "pleasure seeker" of the title is really a gigolo, that the main character's true occupation is selling sex for immediate personal gain, starting in the first few pages. What is surprising are all the contradictions in the book, and the unreality that makes the reader wonder if it has veered into magical realism. Contradictions like telling us again and again that Piet, the main character, is ambitious, and planning a future as a businessman - but when he finally makes a career move, he has no real plan, and is readily swayed by the rich people around him. There are so many plot devices that seem fantastical - sudden cures, sudden reconciliations, and strange turns of events that lead nowhere. Finding the dreaded three little words "to be continued" on the last page was worrying - oh no, more words are coming about characters' aimless, unhappy behavior in pursuit of riches - but not much story. If there had been more character development, rather than character repetition - did we need to hear about Piet's parents over and over? - it might have had a chance to be an interesting book. As it is, it is really simply a bodice-ripper (or the male equivalent, is that a singlet-ripper??) featuring soft porn interludes - lots of disrobing and gushing goes on - with no real story. Sadly, not recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Not worth reading the free sample, let alone buying the entire book.

    This is a story about a boy so beautiful, everyone wants him, and yadda, yadda, yadda. Boring, boring.

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  • Posted March 14, 2012


    Maybe I shouldn't have read it right after my Downton Abbey high? The emphasis in this book ended up being on the sexual proclivities of the main character and his many conquests instead of further developing the fascinating story line of the talented under dog working hard to improve his lot in life.

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