: Gamiani, or Two Nights of Excess (Naughty French Novels) ( ): Alfred De Musset, John Baxter: Books. Considered one of the truly great French writers of the nineteenth century, famed poet and novelist Alfred de Musset once decided (as great French writers are. Gamiani, or Two Nights of Excess. Alfred de Musset. Buy This Book. My goodness. I thought that I had seen it all when it came to historical.

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This was her fantasy. Throughout our communication, in the days leading up to her arrival, she always brought it back to this: She wanted to be treated like a whore. I have never done anything like this before, she said, in an attempt to excuse, or apologise for, her behaviour. Guilt and shame were working their exceas conjuring trick, transforming an event that was morally neutral exceas something bad, something negative, something wrong.

What had been a pleasurable experience was already becoming that which she could not allow herself to contemplate or acknowledge. Yet, while she doubted and judged herself, I admired her.

Gamiani, or Two Nights of Excess by Alfred de Musset

She had not only dared to dream, but dared to bring that dream to fruition. Gamiani is credited to Alfred de Musset, who is these days known — if at all — for his poetry.

This is not surprising when one considers the content, which involves a great deal of, at times unpleasant, sex. There are several scenes involving torture, although these are not particularly explicit; there is group sex, which seems par for the course with these sorts of things; there is some strap on action; and there is a little bestiality. These last two warrant further consideration, if only for the laughs.

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The book begins with a man, Alcide, peeping on Gamiani while she seduces another woman [well, fifteen year old girl, to be precise]. What is notable about this line is that it sets the tone for much exceds the sex in the book, or, rather, the attitudes and behaviour of the central characters towards sex in certain circumstances.

Indeed, the gratification comes by way of indulgence; it is a consequence of truly letting oneself go. Yes, someone might play coy but what they really want is to devour and be devoured.

While for much of Gamiani one would be forgiven for thinking that de Musset was an advocate of libertinage, of sexual freedom, ultimately the opposite appears to be the case.

When, following the first nightd, Alcide wakes up next to Fanny [the girl with whom both he and Gamiani — singularly and in union — take their pleasure] he finds that he is a gentleman again and no longer a beast. In the light of day, his mind is not full of filth, but syrupy, sentimental, moralising twaddle.

For example, he says of the kiss that he and Fanny share: In the morning, this buffoon is in love. Indeed, the finale to the novel sees both temptress and tempted die upon their sword; and by sword I mean, of course, a large penis.

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She is tough and voracious and obviously a symbol of what happens when someone is too in thrall to their libido. Gamiani cannot be satisfied; she desires ever more intense and extreme sexual activity in an attempt to find satisfaction, much like gamini drug addict will take ever larger doses in order to of high. However, for me, and for many others I am sure, she is actually the [unintentional] heroine of the novel.

Gamiani, or Two Nights of Excess

There are, in fact, a good many people I know who would be happier if they could do this, if they — if we — could finally, fully throw off niggts shackles of guilt, timidity and shame. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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