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A bestselling author in his time, Pierre Louÿs (1870-1925) was a friend of, and influence on, André Gide, Paul Valéry, Oscar Wilde and Stephane Mallarmé among others. He achieved instant notoriety with Aphrodite and The Songs of Bilitis, but it was only after his death that Louÿs' true legacy was to be discovered: nearly 900 pounds of erotic manuscripts were found in his h A bestselling author in his time, Pierre Louÿs (1870-1925) was a friend of, and influence on, André Gide, Paul Valéry, Oscar Wilde and Stephane Mallarmé among others. He achieved instant notoriety with Aphrodite and The Songs of Bilitis, but it was only after his death that Louÿs' true legacy was to be discovered: nearly 900 pounds of erotic manuscripts were found in his home, all of them immediately scattered among collectors and many subsequently lost. Since then, it has become clear that Louÿs is the greatest French writer of erotica there ever was. The Young Girl's Handbook of Good Manners was the first of his erotic manuscripts to see publication, and it also remains his most outrageous—an erotic classic in which humor takes precedence over arousal. By means of shockingly filthy advice—ostensibly offered "for use in educational establishments"—couched in a hilariously parodic admonitory tone, Louÿs turns late-nineteenth-century manners roundly on their head, with ass prominently skyward. Whether offering rules for etiquette in church, school or home, or outlining a girl's duties toward family, neighbor or God, Louÿs manages to mock every institution and leave no taboo unsullied. The Young Girl's Handbook of Good Manners has only grown more scandalous and subversive since its first appearance in 1926.


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A bestselling author in his time, Pierre Louÿs (1870-1925) was a friend of, and influence on, André Gide, Paul Valéry, Oscar Wilde and Stephane Mallarmé among others. He achieved instant notoriety with Aphrodite and The Songs of Bilitis, but it was only after his death that Louÿs' true legacy was to be discovered: nearly 900 pounds of erotic manuscripts were found in his h A bestselling author in his time, Pierre Louÿs (1870-1925) was a friend of, and influence on, André Gide, Paul Valéry, Oscar Wilde and Stephane Mallarmé among others. He achieved instant notoriety with Aphrodite and The Songs of Bilitis, but it was only after his death that Louÿs' true legacy was to be discovered: nearly 900 pounds of erotic manuscripts were found in his home, all of them immediately scattered among collectors and many subsequently lost. Since then, it has become clear that Louÿs is the greatest French writer of erotica there ever was. The Young Girl's Handbook of Good Manners was the first of his erotic manuscripts to see publication, and it also remains his most outrageous—an erotic classic in which humor takes precedence over arousal. By means of shockingly filthy advice—ostensibly offered "for use in educational establishments"—couched in a hilariously parodic admonitory tone, Louÿs turns late-nineteenth-century manners roundly on their head, with ass prominently skyward. Whether offering rules for etiquette in church, school or home, or outlining a girl's duties toward family, neighbor or God, Louÿs manages to mock every institution and leave no taboo unsullied. The Young Girl's Handbook of Good Manners has only grown more scandalous and subversive since its first appearance in 1926.

30 review for The Young Girl's Handbook of Good Manners for Use in Educational Establishments

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I have an embarrassing confession to make: When Karen sent me this book I thought she was trying to tell me I was rude. I got a little sad because I try not to be rude, but maybe I am rude sometimes. My good friend Kim told me it was probably because I stuck my hand in Karen’s crème brulée when we were having dinner in New York City this past March. Apparently I was miffed she got the last one. I don’t remember doing that, but at the time I was pretty tipsy from the aquavit so it might have happ I have an embarrassing confession to make: When Karen sent me this book I thought she was trying to tell me I was rude. I got a little sad because I try not to be rude, but maybe I am rude sometimes. My good friend Kim told me it was probably because I stuck my hand in Karen’s crème brulée when we were having dinner in New York City this past March. Apparently I was miffed she got the last one. I don’t remember doing that, but at the time I was pretty tipsy from the aquavit so it might have happened. In any event, I do remember that Karen was kind enough to share with me so I got to try some anyway, and it was yummy. But for the record, it is probably not very nice to stick one’s hand in another person’s crème brulée no matter how much alcohol is involved. Then I thought maybe the book was one of those old-timey pamphlets. You know the ones that talk about Victorian etiquette and the proper way to use a tea cosy and stuff. Some of those types of books instruct young ladies how to politely write a response to a letter from a young gentleman, and they are quite amusing. I dashed off a PM to Karen to thank her. Well, after that I opened the book to a random page and realized how very wrong I was. Yes, it is written in the style of a Victorian etiquette book, but the information it contains is far, far more valuable. Valuable and timeless. Let’s just say I could have used this book while I was growing into adulthood. It gives helpful information on how a girl should/should not behave in certain places and how she should/should not act around certain people. In fact, this book doesn’t have to be limited to girls. I think young boys would also benefit from the wisdom contained therein. For instance, did you know that in a pantry you should not ‘jerk all your boyfriends off into a pitcher of lemonade, even if you happen to prefer this drink with fresh cum in it.’? Well, shit. No wonder my fourteenth birthday party wasn’t the success it might have been. Advice at the table: Do not slide an asparagus in and out of your mouth while looking languidly at the young man you wish to seduce. In retrospect, of course you should not do that. First of all, asparagus, while tasty, is not a sexy vegetable. Second, it makes your pee stink. While in class: If you are asked what planet Uranus is next to, do not reply with ‘Mycuntus.' If the addition problem that you are given produces the number 69, do not roll about laughing like a little idiot. (Oops.) While visiting: If you are sitting on the corner of a chair do not move back and forth too much. You will get distracted. If you see a trace of bright red on a young man’s moustache, do not ask him in front of everybody: ‘So Mme X…has her period?’ An uncomfortable silence would follow. (True.) If you are told that you are a ‘real tomboy,’ do not show your cunt to prove the contrary. I could quote so much more, but you get the idea. Plus, I don’t want to give too much away. This book is filled with delicious dirty words and I tried to choose some of the milder bits of wisdom to cite in my review. So, if that sort of thing offends you, you might want to stick with Emily Post. Karen, thank you again for such a hilarious and informative read. I will refer to it often and enthusiastically.

  2. 4 out of 5

    João Reis

    Um livro muito agradável de ler, no qual Pierre Louÿs mistura erotismo com humor, criando algumas imagens escabrosas nesta paródia aos bons costumes puritanos. O clímax é atingido na secção «Não digais... Dizei». Esta edição é bem complementada pelas ilustrações de Pedro Proença.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    Lido pela segunda vez - trinta anos depois da primeira - já não o achei tão indecente, embora o continue a ser. Não é, de forma alguma, leitura para meninas... Da sinopse: "Louÿs, um dos grandes vultos da literatura francesa do período simbolista, tem, ao lado duma obra branca, publicada em vida, uma outra a que poderemos chamar, por contraste, negra, toda ela póstuma e ainda hoje condenada (...) O Manual de Civilidade é uma das mais ferozes diatribes contra a moral sexual do seu tempo - e se cal Lido pela segunda vez - trinta anos depois da primeira - já não o achei tão indecente, embora o continue a ser. Não é, de forma alguma, leitura para meninas... Da sinopse: "Louÿs, um dos grandes vultos da literatura francesa do período simbolista, tem, ao lado duma obra branca, publicada em vida, uma outra a que poderemos chamar, por contraste, negra, toda ela póstuma e ainda hoje condenada (...) O Manual de Civilidade é uma das mais ferozes diatribes contra a moral sexual do seu tempo - e se calhar do nosso." ...de certeza... O único "Dever" decoroso que posso transcrever, faz parte da lista de Deveres Para Com o Papá: "Se o senhor vosso pai vos disser, com furibunda voz: Não és minha filha!, não lhe deveis retorquir: Há quanto tempo o sabia!" Já li muita coisa mas nada que se compare na transgressão das regras da "moral e bons costumes". Obviamente que não recomendo a sua leitura a ninguém, excepto a quem dificilmente se escandalize. Ah! Já me esquecia de dizer! Manual de Civilidade para Meninas é um livro "cómico-pornográfico".

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    welcome to christmas. Today has been productive. I reread the silly philosophy book this morning, I went to see a movie that got terrible reviews, then I read this book while I worked out. I've been worried about not reading a hundred books this year and recently Karen recommended this to me. She says it is hard to know what I like but she does such a good job this book is super fun. This book really reminded me of reading this is not a novel by david markson (which I highly recommend by the way welcome to christmas. Today has been productive. I reread the silly philosophy book this morning, I went to see a movie that got terrible reviews, then I read this book while I worked out. I've been worried about not reading a hundred books this year and recently Karen recommended this to me. She says it is hard to know what I like but she does such a good job this book is super fun. This book really reminded me of reading this is not a novel by david markson (which I highly recommend by the way). That was almost 10 years ago before I knew anything about anything when it came to books. But the fact is that picking this up and seeing that style really brought back great memories for me. While markson's book feels like simply a disconnected list of facts, this book is facts with a theme. A fun theme. Now I could go on or I could just let Louÿs give you some advice: Cleanliness: Do not suggest that the server should screw a cooked fatted chicken up the ass, without having personally assured said waiter has no venereal diseases. Discretion: If you play wet finger, do not wet it between your thighs unless you have complete privacy. religion: when receiving a dildo in the ass, do not demand that the archbishop bless the instrument first. Certain prelates would refuse to do so. grown-ups: If you hear some off-color jokes, allusions, or dreadful puns during the play, do not explain them to the grown ups, even if the grown ups seem not to be getting them incest: There is nothing naughtier than a little girl who sees her brother get a hard on and does nothing to relieve him. This is going on the pile of books that I'm giving my mom.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lucas Sierra

    El escándalo como ariete (Reseña, 2019) Las primeras páginas de este librito de Pierre Louÿs bastarán para alejar de él a un buen puñado de posibles lectores. Estos días, bombardeados de porno duro, no distan tanto de aquel 1900 donde estas páginas serían objeto de carcajada enmascaradora de incomodidad. Dos textos hay aquí, los Diálogos de cortesanas y el Manual de urbanidad para jovencitas y ambos caben dentro de la categoría de novela erótica de las librerías tanto como podría caber el Marqués El escándalo como ariete (Reseña, 2019) Las primeras páginas de este librito de Pierre Louÿs bastarán para alejar de él a un buen puñado de posibles lectores. Estos días, bombardeados de porno duro, no distan tanto de aquel 1900 donde estas páginas serían objeto de carcajada enmascaradora de incomodidad. Dos textos hay aquí, los Diálogos de cortesanas y el Manual de urbanidad para jovencitas y ambos caben dentro de la categoría de novela erótica de las librerías tanto como podría caber el Marqués de Sade en una convención de lectores de E. L. James. Aquí no hay senos suaves algodón ni turgentes como montañas, no hay grutas del secreto humedecidas, no hay medio eufemismo. Aquí hay coños, y culos, y pelos rizados, y semen derramándose, y clítoris hinchados. Louÿs habla del cuerpo con apasionamiento de anatomista, y en las conversaciones de las prostitutas, y en las recomendaciones a las señoritas, no deja tabú sin tocar. Incluso ahora, y esto es algo así como un mérito, consigue causar escándalo. Sería ingenuo no señalar que aquí Louÿs trabaja en código de caricatura, que sus representaciones de lo que asume como el universo de lo femenino no dejan de estar marcadas por la hipérbole procaz, que en cierto sentido alimenta un arquetipo de voracidad insaciable donde todo lo relacionado con la vida está relacionado con el sexo. Sí, aquí, en este par de cartillas, hay personajes planos, hay un reduccionismo deliberado de las relaciones humanas, hay mucho de sorna y chiste fácil, infantil, como el susurrado entre dos borrachos incapaces de escuchar la palabra “pedo” sin estallar en alharacas de jolgorio. Todo lo anterior es cierto, todo lo anterior no empaña que, voluntario o no, aquí el escándalo puede abrir puertas, puede permitir que ciertos temas entren en la vía de lo comunicable. Aquí el escándalo funciona como ariete. Creo que el Manual de urbanidad para jovencitas es superior a los Diálogos de cortesanas. No sólo está mejor escrito, sino que su estilo aforístico se ajusta fluidamente al humor propuesto. Un chiste, cuando se alarga, pierde la gracia y los Diálogos son, en ocasiones, excesivos. De estos segundos queda por mencionar, de pasada y como rescate, la caricatura del sexo lésbico como opción ante un sexo heterosexual incapaz de satisfacer a las mujeres. Infantilizado en la narración, llevado a los extremos de lo ridículo y, sin embargo, menos ridículo que los esfuerzos de los hombres, torpes, por alcanzar el orgasmo femenino. Las prostitutas de Louÿs ordeñan veinte hombres al día, pero, llegada la noche eligen yacer con una de sus compañeras para poder gozar. Baste un punto más a favor: los Diálogos desnudan el sexo, lo muestran con ruidos, con olores, con todo tipo de fluidos. El antihigienismo de Louÿs es una bomba. Pero esa demolición por pólvora es poca ante el virus del Manual. No sólo es divertido leer estas reglas de comportamiento (cómo ser en casa, cómo ser en el colegio, cómo ser con la familia, cómo ser en una fiesta…) sino que existe, de entrada y casi en cualquier lector, una identificación con el estilo y la propuesta: todxs en algún punto hemos enfrentado manuales de urbanidad diversos, desde el reglamento escolar hasta las normas no escritas de la vida laboral. Cada punto del Manual es ridículo, de ahí su gracia: “No dibuje en la pizarra las partes sexuales de la maestra, sobre todo si ella se las ha enseñado confidencialmente” (129), “Si lleva en un medallón un bucle de pelos rubios cortados del culo de su amiguita, diga mejor que son cabellos” (132), “Si no ha quedado del todo satisfecha de su masturbación matutina, no se la complete en misa” (138). También ahí, en cierto sentido, su justificación. El Manual de urbanidad para jovencitas es ridículo porque todos los manuales son ridículos. Louÿs lo sabe y lo dice con gracia, tal vez, en ocasiones, con más gracia de la necesaria, llevando su caricatura hasta hipérboles cansonas.

  6. 5 out of 5

    S.

    Este livro é absolutamente indecoroso, mas de uma forma hilariante. Fez-me rir "a bandeiras despregadas". É uma sátira aos manuais de boas maneiras que por aí se vêem. Pierre Louys escreveu centenas de textos eróticos. E este, em particular, é também humorístico. Louys entregou-se bastante cedo a uma vida de libertinagem e promiscuidade, tudo porque julgava ter tuberculose. Mas acabou por morrer aos 54 anos. De quê? Sífilis, pois com certeza, que mais poderia ser? Antes de poder condenar a linguagem Este livro é absolutamente indecoroso, mas de uma forma hilariante. Fez-me rir "a bandeiras despregadas". É uma sátira aos manuais de boas maneiras que por aí se vêem. Pierre Louys escreveu centenas de textos eróticos. E este, em particular, é também humorístico. Louys entregou-se bastante cedo a uma vida de libertinagem e promiscuidade, tudo porque julgava ter tuberculose. Mas acabou por morrer aos 54 anos. De quê? Sífilis, pois com certeza, que mais poderia ser? Antes de poder condenar a linguagem em mesmo todo o livro, é preciso considerar que ele foi publicado no início do séc. XX, sendo por isso absolutamente visionário, uma vez que fala abertamente de sexo e até, pasme-se, de homossexualidade. Pierre admirava as mulheres, a ponto de considerar que um casal perfeito era uma casal de lésbicas, ao invés de um casal heterossexual. Aconselho vivamente. Mas certamente é preciso ler o livro com uma mente aberta.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kate Mcphail

    filthy and funny

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ben Arzate

    Hilarious and incredibly filthy, even by today's standards. Hilarious and incredibly filthy, even by today's standards.

  9. 5 out of 5

    K.

    "Seringa mixed with shallots" Three cheers for the wonderful new publishing house Wakefield Press! A long overdue translation of one of the most notorious works of French fin-de-siecle smut. Geoffrey Longnecker's take is a bit cruder than John Harman's excerpts in The Book of Masks - If a modest lady tells you: "My son doesn't work as hard as your brother," do not reply: "Yes, but he fucks better." Such praise provides no pleasure to a Christian mother. vs. "Should some modest lady happen to mentio "Seringa mixed with shallots" Three cheers for the wonderful new publishing house Wakefield Press! A long overdue translation of one of the most notorious works of French fin-de-siecle smut. Geoffrey Longnecker's take is a bit cruder than John Harman's excerpts in The Book of Masks - If a modest lady tells you: "My son doesn't work as hard as your brother," do not reply: "Yes, but he fucks better." Such praise provides no pleasure to a Christian mother. vs. "Should some modest lady happen to mention: "My son doesn't work half so hard as your brother does" the correct response is not: "Just so, but never mind: he fucks twice as well." Panegyrics of this sort find little favour among Christian mothers, however sincerely intended. - still, a pretty (and elegantly designed) little book to have. I'm looking forward to other Wakefield Press surprises. Oh and remember, "Never enter a whorehouse to ask for a tribade if you do not have twenty francs on you."

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ana

    Es gracioso

  11. 5 out of 5

    George K.

    Πέρυσι τον Αύγουστο διάβασα και απόλαυσα το σπιρτόζικο και γεμάτο σαρκασμό "Η γυναίκα και το νευρόσπαστο", το ίδιο ακριβώς συνέβη και με το "Εγχειρίδιον κοσμιότητος προς χρήσιν υπό των νεαρών δεσποινίδων", αν και μάλλον για αρκετά διαφορετικούς λόγους. Τα παλιά τα χρόνια υπήρχαν διάφορα εγχειρίδια περί σαβουάρ βιβρ, που μάθαιναν στα κορίτσια και τα αγόρια πώς να συμπεριφέρονται σε κάθε περίσταση, και αυτό είναι που σατιρίζει και παρωδεί με ακραίο τρόπο ο Πιερ Λουίς με τούτο το βιβλιαράκι. Ουσιασ Πέρυσι τον Αύγουστο διάβασα και απόλαυσα το σπιρτόζικο και γεμάτο σαρκασμό "Η γυναίκα και το νευρόσπαστο", το ίδιο ακριβώς συνέβη και με το "Εγχειρίδιον κοσμιότητος προς χρήσιν υπό των νεαρών δεσποινίδων", αν και μάλλον για αρκετά διαφορετικούς λόγους. Τα παλιά τα χρόνια υπήρχαν διάφορα εγχειρίδια περί σαβουάρ βιβρ, που μάθαιναν στα κορίτσια και τα αγόρια πώς να συμπεριφέρονται σε κάθε περίσταση, και αυτό είναι που σατιρίζει και παρωδεί με ακραίο τρόπο ο Πιερ Λουίς με τούτο το βιβλιαράκι. Ουσιαστικά πρόκειται για ένα... πορνογραφικό εγχειρίδιο, που μαθαίνει στις νεαρές κορασίδες τι να κάνουν με το... σεξουαλικό τους ταμπεραμέντο, σε κάθε περίσταση. Εννοείται πως το βιβλίο αυτό δεν είναι για μυγιάγγιχτους ή γι'αυτούς που κοκκινίζουν εύκολα με λέξεις και εκφράσεις γεμάτες σεξουαλικά υπονοούμενα, γιατί φυσικά το βιβλίο είναι γεμάτο από τέτοια πράγματα. Ασυζητητί, πρόκειται για μια ένοχη απόλαυση, που μεταξύ άλλων μπορεί να ανεβάσει και τη... λίμπιντο των αναγνωστών. Και, φυσικά, είναι από τα βιβλιαράκια που διαβάζονται ξανά και ξανά, προσφέροντας κάθε φορά την ίδια ευχαρίστηση.

  12. 5 out of 5

    d

    Antiburgués y decadente, como corresponde. Publicado en 1917, hay muchos consejos de urbanidad para señoritas que tienen absoluta vigencia... sobre todo los relacionados a los deberes filiales. Copio dos de los más inocentes: Si usted sabe que su madre espera a su amante en casa, no se esconda bajo la cama para gritar: «¡Sorpresa! ¡Soy yo!», mientras la saborea en su boca. Podría atragantarse. No escoja, tampoco, ese momento para entrar en la habitación aullando: «¡Ya está aquí papá!», cuando sabe Antiburgués y decadente, como corresponde. Publicado en 1917, hay muchos consejos de urbanidad para señoritas que tienen absoluta vigencia... sobre todo los relacionados a los deberes filiales. Copio dos de los más inocentes: Si usted sabe que su madre espera a su amante en casa, no se esconda bajo la cama para gritar: «¡Sorpresa! ¡Soy yo!», mientras la saborea en su boca. Podría atragantarse. No escoja, tampoco, ese momento para entrar en la habitación aullando: «¡Ya está aquí papá!», cuando sabe perfectamente que su señor padre está de viaje. Sobre esto escribía este buen señor, amigo de Wilde y Debussy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    ⬆️⬆️⬇️⬇️⬅️➡️⬅️➡️BA

    Irreverent. Handful of catch-you-off-guard hilarities but several bombs as well.

  14. 4 out of 5

    juliano augusto cornélio

    só não dou nota total porque até eu, que sou um poço de putaria fiquei constrangido

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eadweard

    Some neat tips and advice...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maria Thomarey

    Ο Louys δεν απογοητεύει ποτε

  17. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    This is a filthy, naughty, filthy, filthy book. And exquisitely, delightfully, subversively funny. I give it my most highest and enthusiastic recommendation.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Paulo Teixeira

    (PT) Provocador e engraçado. É o que posso dizer deste "Manual de Civilidade para Meninas". O livro de Pierre Louÿs é provocador do inicio até ao fim, uma sátira à moral e bons costumes do qual "as meninas de bem" deveriam comportar-se perante a sociedade. Faz-nos rir, apesar das expressões de baixo calão que percorrem todo o livro. É a rir que se dizem as verdades, é certo, continua fresco após este tempo todo e enquanto aparecer alguém que não vai achar piada às expressões sexuais e escatológi (PT) Provocador e engraçado. É o que posso dizer deste "Manual de Civilidade para Meninas". O livro de Pierre Louÿs é provocador do inicio até ao fim, uma sátira à moral e bons costumes do qual "as meninas de bem" deveriam comportar-se perante a sociedade. Faz-nos rir, apesar das expressões de baixo calão que percorrem todo o livro. É a rir que se dizem as verdades, é certo, continua fresco após este tempo todo e enquanto aparecer alguém que não vai achar piada às expressões sexuais e escatológicas que aparecem página sim, página sim, cumpre o seu objetivo. E os desenhos também são bem engraçados e provocadores. (EN) Funny and provocative. That's what I can say about this book. Written by Pierre Louÿs, it's provocative from start to finish, and it's a satire to the moral on which the "good girls" must behave into the society. It makes us laugh, with all the ironies, although the sexual expressions that exists throught the book. It's fresh, after all these years and as long as there is an offended person by the expressions written in this book, it will make its goal. And the drawings are also funny and provocative.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Liliam Martinez

    "Pénétrez-vous de cette vérité, que toutes les personnes présentes, quelque soit leur sexe et leur âge, ont la secrète envie de se faire sucer par vous, mais que la plupart n’oseront pas l’exprimer." La sexualidad como comedia y rebeldía. "Pénétrez-vous de cette vérité, que toutes les personnes présentes, quelque soit leur sexe et leur âge, ont la secrète envie de se faire sucer par vous, mais que la plupart n’oseront pas l’exprimer." La sexualidad como comedia y rebeldía.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Aurora Pesce

    Dissacrante e divertente

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amadeu Branera

    Una paròdia delirant dels manuals de bones maneres d'antuvi. Una paròdia delirant dels manuals de bones maneres d'antuvi.

  22. 5 out of 5

    JUAN CAMILO

    Esto es basura.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sunny

    É sátira, muito explícita, de manuais do género, tendo isso em conta acho que é um livro bastante engraçado.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Luís Vieira

    Obrigatório. Pedagógico. Divertido.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Azjericho

    Diablos, uno cree que los tiempos dictan la manera de pensar y comportarse a todas las personas, pero siempre hay alguien que rechaza esas mamadas y se pone en el papel de rebelde (aunque eso lo haga un paria). Me imagino que esa fue la posición que adoptó Pierre Louys con sus escritos, este tipo me sorprende por su actitud frente a los tabúes del sexo; caballero frances en los inicios del siglo XX, amigo de hombres mal vistos por otros debido a sus "preferencias" como Oscar Wilde o André Gide, Diablos, uno cree que los tiempos dictan la manera de pensar y comportarse a todas las personas, pero siempre hay alguien que rechaza esas mamadas y se pone en el papel de rebelde (aunque eso lo haga un paria). Me imagino que esa fue la posición que adoptó Pierre Louys con sus escritos, este tipo me sorprende por su actitud frente a los tabúes del sexo; caballero frances en los inicios del siglo XX, amigo de hombres mal vistos por otros debido a sus "preferencias" como Oscar Wilde o André Gide, Louys siempre impuso su punto de vista sobre el erotismo: La mujer lo es todo. Se nota desde que se comienza a leer este libro, Dialogo de Cortesanas es un homenaje a los momentos más intimos y sensuales que las "recatadas" damas comentan con humor e ironía, insinuando que el oficio más viejo del mundo no necesita de remuneración si en él se halle el goze orgiastico total que todos añoramos alcanzar; El Manual de Urbanidad para Señoritas es la cara escondida de la educación que se le debe dar a los jovencitas, leer el tipo de enseñanzas que transmiten las mujeres de experiencia con sensualidad y desenfado a las timidas virgenes hará que unos abran desmesuradamente los ojos y que otros se desternillen de la risa. Jocoso y vulgar a la vez, pero muy original, cualquiera que lo lea no podrá decir que no se sintió "movido" hasta el final.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rui Carlos

    Sinfully delicious!!! Pierre Louÿs is truly a genius!!! (posthumously-speaking, that is). So good I think I should send one to Pope B* XVI and President O*, though I think that I'd definitely be ex-communicated from the Catholic Church and perhaps deported from the United States with my citizenship revoked. Not sure what the real repercussions of such etiquette would entail but I'm not really interested in finding out. I don't even think I could send this to my best friends in California, especial Sinfully delicious!!! Pierre Louÿs is truly a genius!!! (posthumously-speaking, that is). So good I think I should send one to Pope B* XVI and President O*, though I think that I'd definitely be ex-communicated from the Catholic Church and perhaps deported from the United States with my citizenship revoked. Not sure what the real repercussions of such etiquette would entail but I'm not really interested in finding out. I don't even think I could send this to my best friends in California, especially the one with a young daughter in grade school, that could be disastrous. However, if you really want to disabuse a neighbor who doesn't care to read but likes to display books, this would be a wonderful gift to send hidden within a stack of books. Or perhaps leave a well-loved copy laying around your suite-mate's dormitory bedroom when you expect them to have a date come over for the evening, especially if they are rather conservative and straight-laced. There are so many subversive ways to use this lovely little book that I'm sure someone will realize what a brilliant gift it would be for just the right occasion.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carlos

    Las buenas conciencias y los buenos modales: tales estigmas conforman la "sana" convivencia social; y este revelador manual lo lleva hasta las últimas consecuencias: Pierre Louys se mofa de las apariencias guardadas por los actores sociales, al crear este "divertimento": no importa el lenguaje soez y las referencias escatológicas, mientras se guarde el decoro y la propiedad que las "buenas maneras" solicitan. Un libro lúdico y sumamente educativo, que hace escarnio de la hipocresía de las impúber Las buenas conciencias y los buenos modales: tales estigmas conforman la "sana" convivencia social; y este revelador manual lo lleva hasta las últimas consecuencias: Pierre Louys se mofa de las apariencias guardadas por los actores sociales, al crear este "divertimento": no importa el lenguaje soez y las referencias escatológicas, mientras se guarde el decoro y la propiedad que las "buenas maneras" solicitan. Un libro lúdico y sumamente educativo, que hace escarnio de la hipocresía de las impúberes doncellas.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marloz Lozano

    Decidí leer este libro porque leí sobre él en Cultura Colectiva. Interesante lectura para el siglo XIX, un poco asqueroso en algunos puntos. "El siglo XIX descubrió un resquicio para el sexo, las obscenidades y la sucia intimidad sucedida en la aristocracia, descrita por la pluma del poeta francés Pierre Louys." -CulturaColectiva Decidí leer este libro porque leí sobre él en Cultura Colectiva. Interesante lectura para el siglo XIX, un poco asqueroso en algunos puntos. "El siglo XIX descubrió un resquicio para el sexo, las obscenidades y la sucia intimidad sucedida en la aristocracia, descrita por la pluma del poeta francés Pierre Louys." -CulturaColectiva

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amandine

    Un petit livre qu'il devait être très drôle de lire en connaissant les manuels de civilité de l'époque. J'ai souri plusieurs fois, amusée, mais garde l'impression d'avoir manqué une partie du piquant de cette parodie. L'idée est bonne, mais exploitée de façon un peu répétitive au bout de quelques pages. Un bon divertissement passager. Un petit livre qu'il devait être très drôle de lire en connaissant les manuels de civilité de l'époque. J'ai souri plusieurs fois, amusée, mais garde l'impression d'avoir manqué une partie du piquant de cette parodie. L'idée est bonne, mais exploitée de façon un peu répétitive au bout de quelques pages. Un bon divertissement passager.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jae

    This books is bloody fantastic. It's a complete riot and I love it. Especially considering the time period it was written in. It's utterly tongue-in-cheek and wonderful. Everyone should read this book! This books is bloody fantastic. It's a complete riot and I love it. Especially considering the time period it was written in. It's utterly tongue-in-cheek and wonderful. Everyone should read this book!

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