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Old 06-05-2013, 09:59 AM   #1
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If you are offended by scenes of a sexual nature, please read no further!

I'd appreciate any suggestions for novels giving an insight into the lives of prostitutes and/or brothels. I realise that such novels are likely to contain sexual content, but I'm not looking for simple erotica or porn.

Two popular eras seem to be Victorian times and the 1960s, but I'd appreciate suggestions from any period of history.
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:18 AM   #2
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I don't know if you would also be interested in nonfiction as well. If you would, here is one rather insightful

Nobody Can Love You More - Life in Delhi's Red Light District by Mayank Austen Soofi
published in 2012 by Penguin, Viking
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The sex workers of Kotha No. 300 raise their children, cook for their lovers, visit temples, shrines and mosques, complain about pimps and brothel owners, listen to film songs, and solicit and entertain customers. By following the daily lives of the denizens of one kotha, Mayank Austen Soofi paints an intimate portrait of women for whom sex is work--a way to make a living.

With precise details and haunting photographs, Soofi delicately and carefully etches the everyday world of those who inhabit the peripheries of society.
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I highly recommend the Crimson Petal and the White by Michael Faber. I really enjoyed this novel -- it's set in the Victorian era.

Another great novel is Memoirs of a Geisha. It's not strictly about prostitution, as geishas are different than prostitutes, but I think some of the overarching themes are similar.
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:28 PM   #5
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I don't know if you would also be interested in nonfiction as well. If you would, here is one rather insightful

Nobody Can Love You More - Life in Delhi's Red Light District by Mayank Austen Soofi
published in 2012 by Penguin, Viking
I'm really looking for fiction at the moment, but I'll bear that one in mind. Thanks.
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:30 PM   #6
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maxbookworm: I've read and thoroughly enjoyed both The Crimson Petal and The White and Memoirs of a Geisha, and they're exactly the sort of thing I had in mind.
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Now that does look interesting - thanks BenG!
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How about Nana by Emile Zola? Victorian era although set in Paris.
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