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Circle of Sinners: Collection of Classic Erotica - Book 20 Kindle Edition
But I digress. It's a pleasure to be able to bring back CIRCLE OF SINNERS, which was both easy and enjoyable to write—and, I can but hope, to read. The model here was REIGEN, a very successful play of Arthur Schnitzler's, better known as LA RONDE, the title of the French-language film by Max Ophüls. The structure—a chain of affairs, which each character in turn hooking up with someone else, served as the model for at least three additional films, beginning with Roger Vadim's CIRCLE OF LOVE in 1964.
Well, Hal and I got there ahead of Vadim, though surely with less impact. I might add that one short novel of Schnitzler's, CASANOVA'S HOMECOMING, was on the shelves of my parents' library, and I had the great good fortune to read it at an impressionable age. (Come to think of it, I don't believe I ever had an age that wasn't impressionable. Never mind.) Schnitzler may have been more of an influence on my development as a writer than I've realized, and I suspect it would be interesting and enjoyable to read some more of his work.
But for now we've got CIRCLE OF SINNERS—complete, in this instance, with the original Nightstand cover. That's something, isn't it?
This ebook edition of CIRCLE OF SINNERS contains as a bonus the first chapter of the next volume in the Collection of Classic Erotica, and the first of 3 Block/Westlake collaborations, A GIRL CALLED HONEY.
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- ASIN : B01G5MPQJ6
- Publisher : LB Productions (24 May 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 900 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 190 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1535034688
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Bobbie is raped by Tony… Tony tries to make it with Laura… Laura boffs Joel, a beatnik in Greenwich Village… and so it goes until the final chapter, when Miles returns to sleep with Judy to finally close the whole sweaty, messy circle.
Schnitzler's version was a satire of Vienna's false morality in the Victorian era, as well as a social commentary on how sex crosses over social, class, and economic boundaries. Schnitzler balanced cheekiness and world-weariness in his characters and their dialogue. This version is… well, not that. This a simply young Lawrence Block and Hal Dresdan learning their craft and at the same time earning a few bucks writing sleaze.
It's not the sex that stands out in this book. It is the violence. The pimp who slices his girls with razors… The teenage flirt who calmly hands over another woman--a lesbian--to be gang raped… The casual racial slurs and offhand violence against homosexuals…
Even poor Miles Carter gets his brains blown out as he tries to enjoy his second dalliance, leading to a great closing line: "It is unfortunate about Miles Carter. But I also think it is just as well. Although I have never met the person previously, I have the feeling that he is the kind who could start a lot of trouble." Boy, did he ever.
Lawrence Block could have almost gotten away releasing this as part of his "LB Classic Crime Library" series. It seems clear he was working out his rogue gallery of rascals, killers, psychopaths and ill-fortuned ne'er-do-wells that would one day rub shoulders with Matt Scudder on the streets of New York City.
If you enjoy period pieces and a good story well told, you will surely enjoy this book and the others in the series. I find I'm addicted to them and will try to read them slowly so they don't run out too soon!