The Art of Sleeping Alone

The Art of Sleeping Alone

Why One French Woman Suddenly Gave up Sex

Book - 2013
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The novelist and fashion writer with French Elle magazine has penned an autobiographical tale of her renunciation of sex and the death of the desire that typically precedes the physical act. In a country that prides itself on the status of the French lover-- or "hot rabbits," as sexually "adventurous" politicians are often described-- Fontanel's declaration is akin to heresy. Complaining that she has had enough of being "taken and shaken" the well-known writer, stylish, sexy and 49, is no longer ashamed to say she wants to get off the sexual merry-go-round. Repulsed by the "banality" of sex and having forgotten how to say "no," Fontanel found freedom, if not pleasure, in forsaking love-making altogether.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©2013.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451696271
Characteristics: 153 pages ;,21 cm
Alternative Title: Envie


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Oct 31, 2013

I did not like this book. Maybe things were lost in translation. Maybe I just did not get her writing style. I thought that some of the chapters (if you can call them chapters) did not fit in. There was just short little essays that seemed disjointed and did not flow together in a story. What killed me was page 78. She talked about a deaf person as being handicapped and how people use their handicap to look gifted. Once I read this I knew that this book was going down hill for me. This was not a book that I enjoyed.

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