The Ages of Lulu is a Spanish erotic drama film written and directed by Bigas Luna and starring Francesca Neri, Óscar Ladoire, María Barranco and Javier Bardem. It is based on the homonymous novel by Almudena Grandes. : The Ages of Lulu: A Novel (): Almudena Grandes, Sonia Soto: Books. A young Frenchwoman goes to work in a butcher’s shop during her college vacation. Every day the butcher whispers obscenities in her ear, describing their .

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For Spanish women born in the 20th century this meant a total lack of sexual education — except for a few who came from left-wing, powerful families and managed to buy the pill and condoms under the counter, risking imprisonment — and the imposition tue virginal and supposedly pure values.

Because I would bet you did. I have read it in three other languages before I bought this book, and again in English, in one night.

It sounds familiar, but if I read it, it would have been in Romanian and a long time ago… was it translated in Romanian? Grandes makes a huge effort to inscribe sex and sexuality into everyday life, something is still absent from contemporary fiction, and produces a counter-discourse that assures the female reader it is OK to have sexual needs in whatever form they present themselves.

Bodies in the Library: It has a lot of Fifty Shades on it though, I think it sounds familiar to anyone who is alive and reading nowadays. Learn more about Amazon Prime. She writes such beautiful and daring stories. It is now time to come clear about the novel: The plot pulled me in and took me to another world. Archived from the original on 4 October It just a masquerade, a reversal of the dominant discourse.

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I’ve read a lot of erotica and this has to be one of my favorite books I have read in a long time. This initial encounter incites the violent power play that drives an adult Lulu through a series of increasingly titillating sexual exploits.

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The novel is a bildungsroman told from a sexual perspective and follows Lulu from her first sexual encounter to a final one. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

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I found it provocative just for the sake of being so, and some scenes xges me in a bad way. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. December Learn how and when to remove this ggrandes message. It was also a celebration of fluid sexualities and homosexuality — punished by the regime with the death penalty — and it aimed to break away with traditional gender stereotypes and role models with the celebration of travestism.


A lot of people can relate to this story because most of us have found ourselves having a crush on someone much older when you are young. Like The Story of O and Misguided rebellion indeed, which only ends up hurting yourself… A thoughtful take on an interesting book — a cultural landmark, perhaps. But, readers are mostly not interested any more in pure sex gymnastics, only in what the protagonists feel, experience or think before, during and after, in what their motives are conquest, love, hate, revenge, prestige, victory in a competition, procreation, bonding, phantasms, fantasies, domination We are experiencing technical difficulties.

Every day the butcher whispers obscenities in her ear, describing their imagined lovemaking. One person found this helpful.

Film adaptations have been made from two of her novels. But with so much good dirty stuff available now, with all the battles fought and won for Burroughs and Rechy, with Sade receiving a major figure’s classy biography last year, do we need this?