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Belinda NOTE THIS IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART, AND CONTAINS A LOLITA ESQUE TALE If you prefer aReal Life angsty story with a fairly nice end over Rice s Over the top supernatural bru ha ha, look no further Unless, of course, you are squicked by a teenage girl sleeping with and being in a romance with a middle aged man That, perhaps, is the major determent in recommending this book It s rather frightening to know how good a book is but know that because of the plot, someone will judge you fo NOTE THIS IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART, AND CONTAINS A LOLITA ESQUE TALE If you prefer aReal Life angsty story with a fairly nice end over Rice s Over the top supernatural bru ha ha, look no further Unless, of course, you are squicked by a teenage girl sleeping with and being in a romance with a middle aged man That, perhaps, is the major determent in recommending this book It s rather frightening to know how good a book is but know that because of the plot, someone will judge you for your enjoyment of it I remember reading it red faced, not because of the content but rather because I knew that if someone recognized what it was, they would raise their eyebrows The red face may also have been because I was a 16 year old girl who frequently lust after men in their thirties and forties, reading a story about a man lusting after and eventually falling in love with someone my age Nothing like haveing a double guilty conscious, eh In any case, there is Art, there is a debate over art vs obscenity, there is beautiful description, there is a compelling love story that at the same time makes you want to step back, and a hot topic plot hmmmm sounds like a good read to me Perhaps I shall reread it now that I m several years older and my lust objects are a hell of alot closer to my own age November 16 2009So much to say about this book and so many reasons why I loved it.If you pick up this book keep an open mind Jeremy is not a perv and this is no regular 16 year old girl She has lived and lived hard in her short 16 years I loved them Great plot, fleshed out Characters I could actually see the movie in my head as I was reading Belinda s letter to Jeremy is so great Alex s friendship with Jeremy was so wonderful and G.G is so cute Belinda s relationship with her mother is November 16 2009So much to say about this book and so many reasons why I loved it.If you pick up this book keep an open mind Jeremy is not a perv and this is no regular 16 year old girl She has lived and lived hard in her short 16 years I loved them Great plot, fleshed out Characters I could actually see the movie in my head as I was reading Belinda s letter to Jeremy is so great Alex s friendship with Jeremy was so wonderful and G.G is so cute Belinda s relationship with her mother is such a tragedy on so many levels She is evil yet you feel sorry for her This is a book that I could read again and probably will Holy Communion I loved it ReRead March 3, 2010I knew this would be a book that I would enjoy over and over again I did pick up on a few things I didn t think Jeremy was 5 years older that GG WOW For me I still had no problem with the age thing Read it Read it You will be in for a treat Cassettes HoursRead By Al Mohrmann Belinda Is The Ultimate Fantasy A Golden Haired Object Of Desire, Fresh And Uninhibited But To Jeremy Walker, A Handsome And Famous Year Old Illustrator Of Children S Books, Belinda Is A Forbidden Passion She S Sweet Sixteen And The Most Seductive Woman He S Ever Known I m not sure what I thought I was signing up for with this one I knew the author Anne Rice had penned this under a pseudonym and was intrigued as to what the result would be, when she veered from her expected supernatural writing.This is sold as romance and erotica It is neither I feel the need to add a disclaimer here that I do not even read romance or erotica and had I seen the genres this fell under then it is extremely doubtful I would ever have picked up the book no hate, they re just n I m not sure what I thought I was signing up for with this one I knew the author Anne Rice had penned this under a pseudonym and was intrigued as to what the result would be, when she veered from her expected supernatural writing.This is sold as romance and erotica It is neither I feel the need to add a disclaimer here that I do not even read romance or erotica and had I seen the genres this fell under then it is extremely doubtful I would ever have picked up the book no hate, they re just not for me The synopsis led me to believe this a Lolita esque story about the relationship between a grown male and his teenaged love interest.Lolita is dense and dark as it explores the taboo It does not make light of the subject matter yet still manages to illuminate it Nabakov charms his readers he is titillating and lyrical in his approach to the story He delivers a raw and unabashed account sweeping no crumbs from the counter top before serving it up Yet, in all of this, there is abundant grace and beauty to be found.This book, however, did none of the above This remained a messed up, perverted, and paedophilic story line with no redeeming qualities throughout and gave me nothing to root for and everything to sneer at in disgust A hard NOPE from me This continues to be one of my all time favourite books Forget everything you thought you knew about an Anne Rice novel No vampires or the like to be found here Actually, what lies within this book is a very engaging story about a teenage girl and her love affair with a middle aged children s author Yes, I know that last sentence has this soundinglike some sick pedophile story time rather than the gripping and heart breaking novel that this is But trust me and her many fans when I s This continues to be one of my all time favourite books Forget everything you thought you knew about an Anne Rice novel No vampires or the like to be found here Actually, what lies within this book is a very engaging story about a teenage girl and her love affair with a middle aged children s author Yes, I know that last sentence has this soundinglike some sick pedophile story time rather than the gripping and heart breaking novel that this is But trust me and her many fans when I say that this is a standard tragic love story turned up a couple of notches thanks to Anne s impressive and lush story telling which will keep you enthralled to the very last page.I say give this story a chance if you ve shunned Anne s other work in the past This book stands alone by being totally unlike anything else she s written What few faults there were to be found I felt were few and far between Even with my generous suspension of disbelief, this was unrealistic and ridiculous I think Anne Rice wrote it just to enjoy imagining the sex. This one was probably the first nail in the coffin that was my fandom of Rice s work, the last being the abysmal Angel Time Not sexy, even remotely, this book is about satutory rape, plain and simple While I was reading it I was, for whatever reason, able to rationalize it, but the moment I put the book down it clicked with me that this girl was 16, I became pretty grossed out I have no idea why so many people have these older man young girl fantasies, but I am actually angry that I allowed This one was probably the first nail in the coffin that was my fandom of Rice s work, the last being the abysmal Angel Time Not sexy, even remotely, this book is about satutory rape, plain and simple While I was reading it I was, for whatever reason, able to rationalize it, but the moment I put the book down it clicked with me that this girl was 16, I became pretty grossed out I have no idea why so many people have these older man young girl fantasies, but I am actually angry that I allowed myself to become participatory in this one I should ve put it down immediately once I realized what this was, but I didn t and I am so disappointed in myself And the ending was just cringe inducing the happily ever after of a teenager and her rapist How lovely Please skip this, don t encourage any writer to publish anything that contributes to the sexualization of young girls and help prop up our rape culture Ann Rice writes erotica with the same intensity as she does with her Vampire Novels Jeremy Walker, a handsome and famous 44 year old illustrator of children s books becomes totally obsessed with Belinda the ultimate fantasy A golden haired object of desire, fresh and uninhibited A forbidden passion, both beguiling and bewitching and someone he cannot keep his mind nor hands off of Ann Rice writes erotica with the same intensity as she does with her Vampire Novels Jeremy Walker, a handsome and famous 44 year old illustrator of children s books becomes totally obsessed withBelinda the ultimate fantasy A golden haired object of desire, fresh and uninhibited A forbidden passion, both beguiling and bewitching and someone he cannot keep his mind nor hands off of This is one of the lesser lesser known works by the authoress Anne Rice, written under her least common pen name On the surface, Belinda seems to resemble Nabakov s famous work Lolita, but the character dimension has Rice s typical sparkle, the intimate scenes arevivid and realistic, and themodern setting makes itaccessible for many This book is a shadecontroversial and patently sexual than most of the Vampire Chronicles, but less so than the Beauty Trilogy, so if you a This is one of the lesser lesser known works by the authoress Anne Rice, written under her least common pen name On the surface, Belinda seems to resemble Nabakov s famous work Lolita, but the character dimension has Rice s typical sparkle, the intimate scenes arevivid and realistic, and themodern setting makes itaccessible for many This book is a shadecontroversial and patently sexual than most of the Vampire Chronicles, but less so than the Beauty Trilogy, so if you are coming from either series, don t expect the same style Anne Rice s 1986 Belinda is so many things, it is hard to put a label on it The first thing that comes to mind of course is the inevitable comparison to Lolita The protagonist in Belinda, children s author Jeremy Walker, has so many kinks and fetishes for his baby mouthed nymphette that, as one of the characters wryly observes, he could make Humbert Humbert rise up from the dead Belinda can also easily read as a wildly entertaining, trashy Hollywood novel to rival Valley of the Dolls Belinda Anne Rice s 1986 Belinda is so many things, it is hard to put a label on it The first thing that comes to mind of course is the inevitable comparison to Lolita The protagonist in Belinda, children s author Jeremy Walker, has so many kinks and fetishes for his baby mouthed nymphette that, as one of the characters wryly observes, he could make Humbert Humbert rise up from the dead Belinda can also easily read as a wildly entertaining, trashy Hollywood novel to rival Valley of the Dolls Belinda s mother in particular, faded superstar Bonnie, who is making a very Alexis Carrington like comeback to the spotlight in a popular nighttime TV soap, is superbly characterized the type of person who gets the sympathy of others with what passes for insecurity but what really motivates them is a vanity so immense most of us can not conceive of it Bonnie s oily TV exec husband is the saint of hot, a lackey who spends his time babying and controlling his forty five year old wife, pumping her full of embalming fluid just so she can stand on her mark and deliver her lines on time Belinda is also a book about mothers We have three prominent characters all obsessed with their mothers The title character of course, who never had a real childhood because she was playing nurse to her completely drugged out, megalomaniac mother She both loves and hates her and never can seem to completely cut the ties to her despite the destructive abuse she repeatedly endures at her hands The male protagonist Jeremy has lived all his life under the shadow of his best selling author mother, who he is both repulsed by and still worships, even after her death And Bonnie herself does not seem to have ever moved past the death of her own mother when she was seven years old.There is gorgeous prose and imagery throughout, particularly the parts of the novel that are written in the first person narrative of Jeremy His lyrical, romantic, and very visual style seduces you into his point of view just as Humbert Humbert did in Lolita A white gown that he purchases for Belinda is like a patch of bright light that the saleswoman tries to trap into wrapping paper and enclose inside a box A holy communion he attended as a child is remembered as banks of white gladiolas on the altars, embroidered satin vestments, watered silk, purple, deep green, gold, and a procession of little girls strewing rose petals, all in white lace and linen, rustle of taffeta, finger curls, and satin ribbons The way Walker s artistic eye he is not only a children s author but also illustrator and a frustrated artist roves over Belinda, setting her up in various mise en scenes worthy of classical paintings, dressing her up in costumes, propping her up against toys, carousel horses, a communion altar, is so erotically and lyrically intense and beautiful that you almost bypass the extreme creepiness of it all Almost There are touches of gothic in the novel too, when the characters reminisce or actually roam the deserted New Orleans house of Walker s mother, which has been left untouched since the date of her death in 1961, like a contemporary Miss Havisham s.Though this novel is not about vampires, like the bestsellers that Anne Rice is most well known for, the theme of eternal life, eternal youth, is omnipresent Several times, Belinda is referred to by Walker as well as by other characters as a girl who will never age despite the years, due to a certain child like quality to her face her upturned nose, her baby mouth, her doll like eyes and her unique, voluptuous mane of hair She is the nymph who d had this same body for a hundred years Bonnie is of course preoccupied with maintaining not only her youth and beauty but her immortality through her films and TV show, even at the expense of writing her own daughter completely out of the script Most chillingly, Walker s mother tries to trap him from beyond the grave, decreeing in her will that he must continue to write novels in her name and pretend they were long lost, unpublished manuscripts he discovered posthumously, in order to ensure her eternal life All the parasites who inhabit Belinda s world, the various players in the film, literary, or art industry, the tabloids, the hanger ons, the court of public opinion, the veritable army of chauffeurs, stylists, masseuses, doctors, lawyers, etc all entrap and suck life from the truly bright light that is Belinda, the only innocent, pure, and wholeheartedly good character in the entire book The only thing that slightly marred my enjoyment of this novel was the ending It is certainly not botched but it does feel a bit anti climactic I am of course glad that the author does not resort to any cliches view spoiler As one of the prominent secondary characters in Belinda remarks, years before the groundbreaking documentary The Celluloid Closet, Hollywood dictates that any story with kinky, taboo, or gay sex, anything that breaks the conventions, has to end in shame, blood, and death, so I was very glad that Rice did not take this predictable route here hide spoiler However, neither did I like the rather conventional, neatly tied up, ending that she offers me here In some way, I would have liked her to keep up the dark, cynical, and satirical tone that was maintained throughout the entire book As it stands, I feel like a rather epic, dark, gothic legend turned disappointingly into an ordinary, saccharine, fairy tale

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