Posts Tagged ‘pornographic’
I really have a lot of admiration and respect for Roger Frank Selby. There is a lot of craftsmanship in his stories. They work beautifully as narrative structures. The descriptions are playful and vivid. The dialogue is spot on.
Add a sparkling crust of earthy English humour and you’ve got, in his stories, a collection of rare pornographic gems.
Up Persicope! is just brilliant.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I am not sure what to make of this story. I like the fact that it’s a short story and has been published on its own. This allows me to review it separately, which is a good thing. It’s hard reviewing a whole collection of stories, especially when you’ve only read one or two of them.
But I’m not sure I approve of the main character, Adele. She is infatuated with her boss, who does nothing to deserve it, and that’s immature.
Then she throws herself at him when he’s emotionally vulnerable and I strongly disapprove of this kind of behaviour. This is not likely to lead to Adele’s long term happiness.
The story ends with two or three explicitly sexual acts. I suppose these are integral to the story. I suppose we need to know the full extent of Adele’s utter self-abasement. But the acts could be described less graphically. This is bordering on the pornographic.
The ending is trying to be upbeat but I’m not convinced. If I were Adele I would not be able to live with myself after doing what she did.
Oh yes, by the way, I should mention this is one of mine.