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Making Love is a brilliant, illuminating and often shocking exploration of one man's sexual odyssey. Beautifully written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb and A Hole in the World, Making Love is at once a revolutionary document of sexual frankness and a breathtaking erotic manifesto, a book that will challenge and liberate every reader, male and female. Making Love is a stunning departure for Richard Rhodes--a compellingly truthful work of art that marks the first time a major ...
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Making Love is a brilliant, illuminating and often shocking exploration of one man's sexual odyssey. Beautifully written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb and A Hole in the World, Making Love is at once a revolutionary document of sexual frankness and a breathtaking erotic manifesto, a book that will challenge and liberate every reader, male and female. Making Love is a stunning departure for Richard Rhodes--a compellingly truthful work of art that marks the first time a major author has written with such complete and unapologetic candor of his most intimate experiences, fantasies and thoughts. As Rhodes himself writes:. "I wrote Making Love to explore a part of daily life that has been cut off from open discussion for centuries. I wanted to describe honestly one man's personal experience--my personal experience--of sex and of physical love. I wanted to try to understand how that common experience shaped my life from childhood up to the present, how it helped me work through the trauma of child abuse, what I learned from it about my partners, what it contributed to intimacy and in coming to love. Men and women will find intimate experience here to compare with their own. "Explicit description of sexual experience has long been taboo. For that reason, some readers will find Making Love shocking at first. Knowledge is always better than ignorance. Pain and shame poison the air behind too many locked bedroom doors. When the shock wears off, I hope readers will appreciate my candor."
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
. Through personal anecdotes, Rhodes unveils the erotic aspect of relationships. QPB alternate . (Sept.)
Library Journal
Following A Hole in the World: An American Boyhood ( LJ 9/1/90), Rhodes offers a remarkably frank case study of the most intimate personal experiences: his own sexual life. Opening with losing his virginity, he chronicles his first sexual experience, masturbation techniques, fantasies, use of pornography, and his work with ESO (extended sexual orgasm) and ends with his relationship with G--. Emphasizing the ``verity'' of everything in the book, Rhodes offers explicit descriptions that may titillate some readers and shock others. This well-written, if sometimes self-indulgent, volume provocatively and perceptively provides one perspective on male heterosexuality. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/92.--James E. Van Buskirk, San Francisco P.L.
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Pulitzer-winner Rhodes, apparently galvanized by the overwhelming emotional response to his account of his abused childhood in A Hole in the World (1990), pushes still deeper into forbidden territory with this frank exploration of how he learned to heal his wounds, largely unconsciously, through sex. The result is a sexual autobiography that intentionally and methodically breaks most of the bounds of literary propriety—and that will leave many loyal readers breathless. "Sex is a sovereignty waiting to be explored, just as consciousness was for early modern fiction," writes Rhodes. The manner in which he delves into the purpose and meaning underlying his own sexual history is reminiscent of such fiction in its intensity, diligence, and ambition. Tracing the ways in which the physical abuse he experienced in childhood may have led to and probably demanded the working out of certain sexual fixations (most involving the excruciating and exquisite postponement of gratification), Rhodes introduces readers to early homoerotic fumblings with affection-starved classmates at the school for boys he attended; his loss of his virginity with a New York prostitute at age 18; and an expansive gallery of real-life lovers, porn-film companions, disillusioned ex-wives, and, now, in his middle age, a devoted, similarly wounded, and equally creative female lover. Readers will be surprised at Rhodes's extreme frankness—he appears to revel in descriptions of favorite scenes from his pornographic video collection; of his rigorous daily masturbation routine; of his fascination with extended orgasm; and of the ways in which he has brought some of his lovers to a peak of erotic fulfillment. But hispurpose here is clearly not to exploit or to titillate; Rhodes is simply cutting to the quick in his uniquely incisive, courageous, and aesthetically gratifying manner. A stunning act of self-revelation, bound to create a stir.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671870720
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Pages: 176

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    Posted March 28, 2013

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