Little Birds

Evocative and superbly erotic, Little Birds is a powerful journey into the mysterious world of sex and sensuality From the beach towns of Normandy to the streets of New Orleans, these thirteen vignettes introduce us to a covetous French painter, a sleepless wanderer of the night, a guitar playing gypsy, and a host of others who yearn for and dive into the turbulent depthsEvocative and superbly erotic, Little Birds is a powerful journey into the mysterious world of sex and sensuality From the beach towns of Normandy to the streets of New Orleans, these thirteen vignettes introduce us to a covetous French painter, a sleepless wanderer of the night, a guitar playing gypsy, and a host of others who yearn for and dive into the turbulent depths of romantic experience.
Little Birds Evocative and superbly erotic Little Birds is a powerful journey into the mysterious world of sex and sensuality From the beach towns of Normandy to the streets of New Orleans these thirteen vignett

  • Title: Little Birds
  • Author: Anaïs Nin
  • ISBN: 9780156029049
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Paperback
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    2. I give Little Birds four stars in comparison to Delta of Venus' two, though as a stand alone, it would probably only get 2 or 3. There are almost no disgusting and despicable sex scenes in Little Birds, and for this, I am grateful. (As it turns out, I'm a bit prudish after all) Little Birds is set in various places around the world, but quite often set in New York and New Orleans. It feels more modern than Delta of Venus. It feels more aware, more present. And this, my second dip into a collecti [...]

    3. In Full FlightThe titular birds feature in polar opposite contexts in this collection of erotica.In the first story, Marcel rents an attic with a terrace. He feeds the birds, so as to attract the attention of schoolgirls across the road. Having won their trust, he exposes himself to the girls, after which they take fright and run away, like little birds.In the last story, a runaway 16 year old girl, Jeanette, finds physical shelter with Jean and Pierre. She wants to have a few men to herself. "O [...]

    4. This book, along with it's companion book (they run together in my mind and am talking about both here), Delta of Venus, are wonderfully evocotive erotic stories. They are never the wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am stuff of porn magazines. Sometimes magical, sometimes freaky, with a European sensibility, these stories are softly spellbinding. I can't help but get caught up in them whenever I pick up these books. Elena, Pierre, Leila, the Basque and Bijou, what a cool group of characters! And there are s [...]

    5. This little book of short stories is by far some of the finest erotica ever written. Nin is a true master of love, lust, and the body’s betrayal of our innermost desires. Nin writes with a simple elegance. Never overdoing the imagery, we get just what we need to feel the work without a crass microscopic examination. Nin plunges deeply into the psyche of her characters, and we get more than an up-close and personal intimate glimpse of their inner turmoil as they struggle to break free of their [...]

    6. This is my first time to read erotica, but because I pretty much have a good idea what to expect, I wasn't at all shocked, surprised, nor repulsed. As I figured, the only way to appreciate erotic literature such as this is to keep an open mind. I would like to report that I did exactly that, in the first stories. Towards the end, however, I could not also help but become cynical and/or sarcastic. After all, how much sex can you read about and let your mind absorb before your head actually, truly [...]

    7. I found this less subversive than her more famous collection, Delta of Venus. That book I compared to "a kitty who rolls on her back for you and you reach out to rub her stomach and she shreds your hand with no warning." This one is a little more, like, you want sexy stuff, here's the sexy stuff. I mean, sortof. It's all still pretty weird. Nin leaves no kink unkinked. She deals with power imbalances a lot. She investigates the concept of consent. She is nonjudgmental. If you aren't equally nonj [...]

    8. This book would be a great read for someone too conservatively raised to appreciate visual pornography for its valuable lessons in learning how to be comfortable with yourself or your partner. It would be a valuable read for someone who did not know how to caress his or her partner to get them aroused for sex. If someone's fifteen-year-old son asked their mom or dad what sex was all about, first it would be wise to tell them about reproduction, how to avoid it until ready, venereal diseases, and [...]

    9. I found this book long after discovering "Delta of Venus" as a boy on someone's book shelf. I read "Little Birds" as an adult and I believe it should be taken in tandem with the former rather than separately. What I can say is that thanks to encountering Anias Nin as a boy, I grew up viewing sexuality and sexual attraction as something that takes place mostly in the mind and it is that tension that she describes, between desire and fear/exhileration, and the surrender that her characters often g [...]

    10. Read: October 2016Overall rating: 4/5 starsFor me Anais Nin has been a very unpredictable author to read; some of her books (Under a Glass Bell & Collages) I have absolutely loved, others I have loathed (Delta of Venus), while her book of essays (In Favour of the Sensitive Man) left me a bit 'meh.'After the first story in this collection I was afraid that Little Birds would fall into the 'loathe' category but thankfuly Nin veered away from the pedophilic undertones in the remaining stories, [...]

    11. Ok first up I bought this knowing that it contained stories that are also in The Delta of Venus and Eros Unbound, so I guess out of 13 stories I've already read 6 most of which I love and adore and would read agian over and over. The remaining 7 left me feeling a little disappointed, the verve seems to have gone, the exquisite delicacy and graceful writing and words, vanished, the languidity replaced by a sense of urgency. Perhapes by the time she wrote these she was bored to tears of writing er [...]

    12. “We don’t see people as they are. We see people as we are.”Anais Nin, at her best, is a writer who presents snapshots of erotica, cleverly written, poetic and raw – she is the foremother of flash fiction. Anais Nin’s Little Birds is Anais Nin at her best. From the introduction – which is in itself a great story to read, telling as it does of her struggles for money amd the necessity of her writing erotica – to the last story in this collection, Little Birds is a collection of great [...]

    13. My first piece of erotica and after Little Birds, both my opinion of Anais Nin and the bar for erotica is very high.Several people believe that sex is purely physical. I see this as a deliberate dissociation from the vulnerability that desire creates in us. Our society and culture, apart from feeding our own self preserving tendencies also "encourages us to acknowledge very little of who we normally are in the act of sex", as Alain de Botton said. Anais Nin's writing is absent of any such preten [...]

    14. I found this incredibly boring when compared to the eroticism and sensuality of Delta Of Venus. I was expecting far more from Anais Nin, especially when regarding a field that she had so much expertise in.The thing is, erotica is one of those things that is so hard to suffer through when it's dull there's just no pretending otherwise; and these stories were very similar, caresses followed by a very scientific depiction of oral sex. Sorry to say it did nothing for me.

    15. This is bad erotica. In 13 stories only one focuses on two people screwing because they like it. I read the whole thing and here are the stories (spoilers aplenty):1. Open with pedophilia2. Magic mystery sex with a stranger who romantically recounts being raped in a crowd while watching a hanging.3. Main character Lina just needs a bit of rape to get her to like sex.4. Adorable tales of boys molesting their little sisters, and how it leads to a vigorous incestuous sex life.5. This one is just bo [...]

    16. Again, minor work by a major talent, her work-for-hire erotic fiction--it's a nice intro to the work of Nin, get your feet wet (so to speak.) Then move on to the major fiction--the unique early short works, Under a Glass Bell and Winter of Artifice, and the novels that comprise Cities of the Interior: Spy in the House of Love, Ladders to Fire, Children of the Albatross then onto the Diaries, starting in 1931, go forward, then back to the early diaries Linotte. Then subscribe to Cafe in Space, th [...]

    17. Анаис Нин от години ме вълнува като писател и като личност. Нейде в първи курс попаднах на откъси от многотомните й дневници (които, впрочем, до ден днешен не са издадени в цялост). Има една категоричност в стила й, която много ме привлича (и която кореспондира с личните ми гле [...]

    18. It was just last year that I read more about Anais Nin, and it was by then that I learned about her relationship with Henry Miller (one of my most favorite writers), which had an obvious impact to both their writings. Erotic, passionate, deeply intellectual, soul-stirring, so human—this was how the way the write. So during the last quarter of last year, I had bought her books, and reading them makes me understand further Henry Miller’s works. Also, I must say that for me, she is, by far, the [...]

    19. With her eyes alone she could give this response, this absolutely erotic response, as if febrile waves were trembling there, pools of madness something devouring that could lick a man all over like a flame, annihilate him, with a pleasure never known before.Nin writes about desire and pleasure with imagination and a kind of full-body sensuality. These short stories sometimes feel too abbreviated, stopping abruptly rather than reaching a more natural conclusion. They must have been both shocking [...]

    20. Ok. Eso fue una cachetada con guante blanco. Justo cuando me quejé de las ideas de erotismo de Nin, llega con un cuento que me desarma completamente y me hace entender que antes de hablar tengo que esperar.Lo cierto es que disfruté mucho este libro: no me malinterpretes.Es justamente lo que esperaba de un libro de cuentos eróticos. Esa sensación en las manos y en la piel de no poder controlarlo. La recreación de ciertas escenas. Aunque sí, como en todo, debes tener el mood "correcto" para [...]

    21. El segundo librito de Nin que leo y todavía sigo pensando que tiene no sé qué de farsante. En el prólogo de Delta of Venus comenta que estos dos libritos los escribió por encargo de un pornógrafo, a principios de 1940. Y con eso justifica el estilo despojado, “con poca poesía”, etc. Efectivamente los relatos de Little Birds se componen por oraciones muy cortas, hay muchos párrafos irritantes conformados por una seguidilla de oraciones que empiezan con ‘I’, etc.Lo que sí tiene de [...]

    22. Era curiosa di leggere qualcosa di Anaïs Nin da un po' e ho deciso di iniziare con Uccellini. Trattandosi di letteratura erotica sapevo a cosa stessi andando incontro e nonostante questo sono rimasta piacevolmente stupita.Uccellini è una raccolta di racconti - alcuni anche molto brevi - che si fa leggere in maniera molto scorrevole. Non è affatto volgare, anzi, ci si imbatte in passaggi estremamente poetici e si incontrano personaggi affascinanti.Classificherei questo libro come una lettura p [...]

    23. I was missing France when I began reading this book, as my last memory of having read Anais Nin was when I was in Paris 2004 (Delta of Venus). I did not read any Nin for my 2006 Paris trip, but I remember still being affected by Delta of Venus. As it turns out, WHILE in the middle of reading Little Birds, I find I will be back in Paris next summer. Her writing takes me to "another place" and I am ever so grateful

    24. This book was interesting. I was surprised to come across it while browsing at the library. Who knew? I had read Delta of Venus years ago and remember thinking that it was interesting (and informative), but that the writing style felt a little stiff. I have found that I still feel that way, but that I had missed the insight into our natures that really are what make the work enduring.

    25. This book beats 50 shades of Grey into oblivion - beautifully written - a classic novel - and no stupid girl called Ana saying holy crap all the timeAnaïs Nin

    26. "Little Birds" and it's sister volume, "Delta of Venus" were ubiquitous in suburban homes towards the late 70's and early 80's. The simple reason for this was the prevalence of book clubs during this period of time. It seemed like every house had a set of these books sitting slyly on the shelf somewhere. I know that my mother certainly had a set, which I was carefully forewarned against reading until I was 18 years old. So of course I skimmed through them at every opportunity looking for the nau [...]

    27. Anais Nin is easily one of the highest tier of intelligent, smoothly clever and casually prolific erotica writers in modern literary history. the prologue to this collection of erotic short stories explains clearly how they came to be and why writers did so at the time. to even ponder a reality that she wrote most of this for pay and not for driven inner desire is impressive. think on it like pulling off a term paper, that you have no real personal interest in, over a weekend. your 'teachers' ra [...]

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