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Belle de Jour

Top 10 Sexy Books

Belle de Jour is a psychosexual novel of sadomasochism by Joseph Kessel

Imagine you had a wife who was so bored with her bourgeois marriage that she decided to work in a brothel during the day to indulge in her sado-masochistic fantasies. If this sounds shocking today, imagine how it was received by the world of 1928 when it was first published. The book that inspired the famous Luis Buñuel movie with the gorgeous Catherine Deneuve as sex-addicted hausfrau Severine Serizy, is a bit of a quaint read, but titillating and deeply psychological. As the author explained in the foreword: “With Belle de Jour I tried to show the terrible divorce between the heart and the flesh, between a true, deep and tender love and the implacable want of carnal senses.”

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