Pleasures Of The Forbidden Valley

Author: Diana Mercury
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061973041
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Pleasures Of The Forbidden Valley from the Author: Diana Mercury. Legend tells of a lost valley high in the Himalayas—a place where fantasy, sensuality, and pleasure reign supreme. Diandra is determined to find this magical place . . . at any cost. A beautiful and sexually adventurous cultural anthropologist, Diandra is exhilarated when an intriguing exotic stranger offers to take her to his legendary hidden village a world away. Marriage is the price, he tells her, and Diandra hesitantly agrees. But after an arduous journey to the breathtaking Lost Valley, she is stunned to discover that local custom demands she be the wife to all of her new husband's virile brothers as well—and that each union must be consummated . . . before the entire village! At first shocked, Diandra soon finds her new role deliciously appealing, as the passionate attentions of three enthusiastic lovers carry her to new pinnacles of erotic satisfaction. But there is a mysterious fourth brother—proud, handsome, hot, charismatic, and resentful of an arrangement that forces him to share. When Yeshi returns to the valley, suddenly Diandra's simple life of nonstop pleasure is not so simple anymore . . . as taboos are broken and passions spin wildly, unexpectedly out of control.

Women Of The Pleasure Quarters

Author: Lesley Downer
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 0767909720
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Women Of The Pleasure Quarters from the Author: Lesley Downer. From critically acclaimed author and Japanese scholar Lesley Downer, an enchanting portrait of the mysterious world of the geisha. Ever since Westerners arrived in Japan, they have been intrigued by Japanese womanhood and, above all, by geisha. This fascination has spawned a wealth of extraordinary fictional creations, from Puccini's Madama Butterfly to Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha. The reality of the geisha's existence, though, whether today or in history, has rarely been addressed. Contrary to popular opinion, geisha are not prostitutes but, literally, "arts people." Their accomplishments include singing, dancing, playing a musical instruments; but above all, they are masters of the art of conversation, soothing the worries and stroking the egos of the wealthy businessmen who can afford their attentions. It is this which imbues the geisha with such power—and which makes absolute secrecy such a crucial aspect of their work. As denizens of a world defined by silence and mystery, geisha are notoriously difficult to meet and even to find. Lesley Downer, an award- winning writer, Japanese scholar, and consummate storyteller, gained more access into this world than almost any other Westerner ever has and spent several months living among them. In Women of the Pleasure Quarters, she weaves together intimate portraits of modern geisha with the romantic legends and colorful historical tales of geisha of the past. From Sadda Yakko, who dined with American presidents and had her portrait painted by Picasso, to Koito, a modern-day geisha who maintains her own website, geisha throughout history step out of the pages of Women of the Pleasure Quarters to become living, breathing creatures. Looking into such traditions as mizuage, the ritual deflowering which was once a rite of passage for all geisha, and providing colorful depictions of the geisha's dress, training, and homes, Downer, with grace, elegance, and respect, transforms their reality in a captivating narrative that both informs and entertains. At once a symbol of a bygone age and an institution more quintessentially Japanese than any other, geisha are a society at a crossroads, struggling to reinvent their place in the new millennium while honoring the traditions of the past. Both instructive and evocative, Women of the Pleasure Quarters is an enthralling portrait of a world unlike any other. From the Hardcover edition.

The Clear Mirror

Author: Sakyapa Sonam Gyaltsen
Publisher: Shambhala
ISBN: 9781559399326
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The Clear Mirror from the Author: Sakyapa Sonam Gyaltsen. A rich blend of history, legend, poetry, adventure, and romance.

The Valley Of Decision A Novel

Author: Edith Wharton
Publisher: Read Books Ltd
ISBN: 1473394244
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The Valley Of Decision A Novel from the Author: Edith Wharton. This antiquarian book contains Edith Wharton's first serious novel, "The Valley of Decision". Within this text Wharton juxtaposes characters inspired by the anti-religious writings of Voltaire and Rousseau with the orthodox leaders of the day. As in many of Wharton's writings, it becomes evident that violation of societal conventions comes at a great personal cost. This seminal piece of literature would make for a worthy addition to any bookshelf, and is a must-have for fans and collectors of Wharton's work. Edith Wharton (1862 – 1937) was an American novelist and short story writer who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature numerous times. The chapters of this book include: "The Old Order", "The New Light", "The Choice", and "The Reward". Wharton was famous for combing her inside view of America's upper classes with her fabulous wit to construct amusing novels and short stories of social and psychological exploration - and we are proud to republish this vintage classic. It comes in an affordable, modern edition, complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.

The Valley Of Decision By Edith Wharton Delphi Classics Illustrated

Author: Edith Wharton
Publisher: Delphi Classics (Parts Edition) (PublishDrive)
ISBN: 1788772059
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The Valley Of Decision By Edith Wharton Delphi Classics Illustrated from the Author: Edith Wharton. This eBook features the unabridged text of ‘The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton - Delphi Classics (Illustrated)’ from the bestselling edition of ‘The Complete Works of Edith Wharton’. Having established their name as the leading publisher of classic literature and art, Delphi Classics produce publications that are individually crafted with superior formatting, while introducing many rare texts for the first time in digital print. The Delphi Classics edition of Wharton includes original annotations and illustrations relating to the life and works of the author, as well as individual tables of contents, allowing you to navigate eBooks quickly and easily. eBook features: * The complete unabridged text of ‘The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton - Delphi Classics (Illustrated)’ * Beautifully illustrated with images related to Wharton’s works * Individual contents table, allowing easy navigation around the eBook * Excellent formatting of the text Please visit to learn more about our wide range of titles

Paradise Lost

Author: John Milton
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Paradise Lost from the Author: John Milton.

Magic And Loss

Author: Virginia Heffernan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501132679
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Magic And Loss from the Author: Virginia Heffernan. Virginia Heffernan “melds the personal with the increasingly universal in a highly informative analysis of what the Internet is—and can be. A thoroughly engrossing examination of the Internet’s past, present, and future” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) from one of the best living writers of English prose. This book makes a bold claim: The Internet is among mankind’s great masterpieces—a massive work of art. As an idea, it rivals monotheism. But its cultural potential and its societal impact often elude us. In this deep and thoughtful book, Virginia Heffernan reveals the logic and aesthetics behind the Internet, just as Susan Sontag did for photography and Marshall McLuhan did for television. Life online, in the highly visual, social, portable, and global incarnation rewards certain virtues. The new medium favors speed, accuracy, wit, prolificacy, and versatility, and its form and functions are changing how we perceive, experience, and understand the world. In “sumptuous writing, saturated with observations that are simultaneously personal, cultural, and strikingly original” (The New Republic), Heffernan presents “a revealing look at how the Internet continues to reshape our lives emotionally, visually, and culturally” (The Smithsonian Magazine). “Magic and Loss is an illuminating guide to the is impossible to come away from this book without sharing some of Heffernan’s awe for this brave new world” (The Wall Street Journal).

The Pleasure Garden

Author: Amanda McIntyre
Publisher: SPICE
ISBN: 0373605544
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The Pleasure Garden from the Author: Amanda McIntyre. Many lifetimes ago, the beautiful May Queen exquisite seduction not with her husband, but in the arms of the Green Man—the passionate ruler of all that is warm and light. And thus began the earth's most torrid love triangle. Now three women of diverse eras are drawn to the mystical site of the Celtic queen's tragic demise. Their fiery obsession ignited by Beltane Magic is barely perceived, but erotically felt. With each kiss, their passion would break an ancient curse— and reunite a love most profound
. CARA Driven by an unseen force, a Celtic maiden seduces the one man forsaken by law and principle—an Englishman soon for the priesthood
. CATHERINE The future lady of Fairfax House yearns for illicit nights and perfect love in the arms of her betrothed's cousin
. EMMALINE She inherits a decrepit house and garden that awakens in her a raw sexual awareness, the likes of which she can abide alone no longer