The novel draws themes, like female dominance and sadomasochism, and character inspiration heavily from Sacher-Masoch's own life. Venus in Furs book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. 'Venus in Furs' describes the obsessions of Severin von Kusiemski, a. Venus in Furs describes the obsessions of Severin von Kusiemski, a European earn your way to a free book! Venus in Furs by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.

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Venus in Furs by Ritter von Leopold Sacher-Masoch. No cover available. Download Read this book online: Generated HTML (with images). 'Venus in Furs' describes the obsessions of Severin von Kusiemski, Published in , the novel gained notoriety and a degree of. Initially meant to be part of an epic novel-sequence called (Sacher-Masoch abandoned that plan after a few volumes), Venus in Furs was.

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Home Venus in Furs. What's better is, her nonsense about being free from attachments, a goddess who commands the love she needs then drops the tired bits like pencil shavings, a woman incapable of loving another human being, but rather simply bent on seeking out pleasure in the most hedonistic, unashamedly egocentric sense, seems to be heading toward a serious reckoning. What's more is, the man who is painted as her future slave represents all that is flighty in the dance of romance. He only loves a woman of stone, his interest wanes at kindness, he wants the one he can't have, and it's driving him mad all over all over all over his face every single goddamn time until the very moment when she cares, when she drops her guard and loves him back, and then his foot is suddenly wedged firmly in the door and his panties are noticeably roomier.


We are all guilty at some point, right? People get bored. They want excitement and unpredictability and newness. They crave the hunt. What could be were I free?

It happens. It is not ideal. Unfortunately, her reckoning does not ever really come about, and this suddenly turns into some bullshit about not letting yourself care about others, lest you be a malnourished, mistreated donkey. Exactly where I thought this was going is precisely the opposite of where it went, and not in a clever, plot-twisty sense.

About midway through, I came to realize that Sacher-Masoch saw this forceably cruel woman as some sort of lesson-teacher about how cruel Women are. The smart ones, anyway! They know how to hold on to a man: treat him like shit!

Okay, I admit that the two men I have been wholly unfrosty with in my adult life are the two men who have broken my heart, but I would like to think this won't always be the case, and that it is a horrifying and just awful notion that to keep someone in love with me, I have to hate his guts, or just deal with his existence begrudgingly like I deal with Austin drivers or my next door neighbor who is constantly making humping noises through the wall.

These things I deal with.

Companionship is often played like a chess game, but I thought the idea was to find someone with whom all that crap drops away? Ever seen an something year old man carrying his similarly elderly wife's oxygen tank for her through Denny's? Did that warm your heart?

Don't read this. Ever had friends who slipped into counter-culture to such an extent that your conversations suddenly turned into the dynamic of them constantly preaching and you constantly scoffing? Did it suck?

I should write an aside here that I know that there are all types of people in the world, all sorts of romantic arrangements, etc. I'm not saying it's impossible, I just think it goes against the more common manifestations of human nature to not feel emotions of possessiveness toward a cherished lover.

Even a hated lover, sometimes! Your brain, your evolutionary history, your biology is playing tricks on you at all times, it's all very complicated, and sorry to over-simplify. It just seems like a lot of this modern embrace of what it is to be an Enlightened Lover and Self-Actualized Person is quite often going against the intrinsic needs of those who proselytize about it.

It's, you know, hip, like riding a fixed-gear bicycle without being able to explain to me why you prefer not having brakes, or eating the 'Organic' ramen noodles because somehow they're better in this way you seemingly haven't even bothered to contemplate yet.The smart ones, anyway! The term masochism is derived from his name. Feb 24, Cheryl Kennedy rated it really liked it Shelves: They never dare ask. Lists with This Book.

View all 3 comments. I was really addicted to this and finished it in two sittings - absolutely loved the writing, the characters and the way the story was structured.