Monday, 12 May 2008

Damp Parts

No, not mine, but rather those of someone called Helen. my blog is turning out to just be a general ramble and not all that SL related it seems.

Oh well. Tough!

I read a lot. Normally, I speed read and I normally also have 4 books on the go at one point.

One that I've just finished is sooo worth recommending further.

To be honest, I'm not yet sure if its been translated into English, but when it is...please read it!

"Feuchtgebieter" by Charlotte Roche. In English, the title will most likely be "Damp Parts".

I'm not going to say a word about the content of the story, other than you will be shocked to hell and laugh your arse off. She talks about every single female bodily taboo that there is and blows them out of the water. Not always in the most tasteful way to be honest and there has been a bit of a backlash due to this. But...too refreshing to be shocked and to laugh so hard and loudly (always amusing in the underground...I love those funny looks that people give you). And to be touched also at the same time. As gross as this girl can be at times...she's so sympathetic.

Witnessing the extreme and the vulnerable...its the dark and secret parts of ourselves.

Personally I think that everyone is more shocked by this, than that the actual descriptions of the heroine's sexual and bodily habits.

Its just easier to be shocked about that, than admit that its the intimacy to another, even through a novel, which we find hard to deal with.

1 comment:

Banjac Serevi said...

Not losing my memory yet it seems, well, not completely.
Cover article in the media supplement of the Mail on Sunday. Wetlands is being published in English in UK on Thursday. The article rang a bell but surprised to see your blog bit goes back to May!! I guess Wetlands as a title was deemed more shelf-friendly for book shops than Damp Parts, certainly for WH Smiths. Ann summers might prefer your
The review is pretty sniffy - reviewer talks of her breakfast being reversed and some parts as nauseating. Sounds good!
Banj The Librarian