Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

by E.L. James

Barb Crout (10/25/12): I always love Dale's reviews...and this one deserves the 2012 award! I am old, OLD, OLD...so this thing came to me as quite a shock!(libido,circa 1950)It also got tiresome. I found that if I skipped the sex stuff, the story became interesting. This book does teach lessons...Ladies, do not get complacent and try not to act like an idiot as Ana continues to do...she is told about a hundred times to "just say no". She never does, and even entices him when he's ready to stop...puhleez! If you, as I did, skip the "stuff", you can read all three books in a couple of afternoons. I am, however, delighted that the world is now filled with happier husbands...and I can just picture Ms. James happily skipping to the bank!
Rating: ***

Dale Israel (07/07/12): Warning! This review is not for the faint of heart, sexually repressed, or literary snobs!

For those of you unfamiliar with Fifty Shades of Grey(and I doubt there are many), this book has taken the world by storm. More than 8,000 people have reviewed it on Amazon! The first book in a trilogy, this is a story about a young, innocent and sexually naive woman named Anastasia (Ana) Steele who by chance meets Christian Gray, a gorgeous, powerful and insanely rich businessman who happens to carry a lot of mental "baggage" and has severe intimacy issues. Ana enters into an agreement with Christian to become his sex slave which involves bondage, dominance, spankings, and other "interesting" sexual activity.

Despite the fact that this is probably the worst written book I've ever read in my life and quite frankly pure pornography, I will be brave enough to admit that I for one liked this book. Perhaps this is not politically correct...I think most people feel obligated to say "this is pure trash" because it IS so poorly written and because the book deals with "unusual" sexual activity.

Before you think ill of me, let me clarify: this is not my usual reading fare...those who know me well know that I can be a bit of a literary snob myself but here's why I liked this book: 1) Yes, the writing is G-d awful. It's trite and repetitive. The editor could've deleted 80% of the "Holy craps," "she/he whispered," etc and the book would've been 100 pages shorter. Despite all this, I found that the writing was so awful it was kind of humorous...2)I read primarily fiction but still like a variety a genres in order to expand my mind and teach me new things...this pornographic novel certainly did THAT! and 3) Hold on to your hats, girls...while I may or may not subscribe to all the sexual activity presented in this book, it did cause me examine my own relationship with my husband of 30+ years and it added a little spark to our love life. OK...I said it! Somehow life seems to get in our way and we forget how to flirt and enjoy some playful bantering like we did in the early parts of our relationships with our partners. This book was a wake up call and reminded me not to get so complacent. Not only am I enjoying the book but my husband is happy I'm reading it too!

So now, I'm on to book two. The sex is getting a little repetitive and I do wonder how on G-d's earth two people can have so much sex in one day but the love story still has me hooked. I would love to hear what others think about this book (and I know there are plenty of you out there in womensbookreviews.com-land who have read it). So, bring it on, ladies! Let's hear what you think!
Rating: ****

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