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Wetlands (Paperback)
  • Wetlands (Paperback)
Paperback Published: 25/06/2009
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With her jaunty dissection of the sex life and the private grooming habits of the novel's 18-year-old narrator, Helen Memel, Charlotte Roche has turned the previously unspeakable into the national conversation in Germany. Since its debut in February, the novel ('Feuchtgebiete', in German) has sold more than 680,000 copies, and is the biggest selling book on Amazon anywhere in the world. The book is a headlong dash through every crevice and byproduct, physical and psychological, of its narrator's body and mind. It is difficult to overstate the raunchiness of the novel. Wetlands opens in a hospital room after an intimate shaving accident. It gives a detailed topography of Helen's hemorrhoids, continues into the subject of anal intercourse and only gains momentum from there, eventually reaching avocado pits as objects of female sexual satisfaction and - here is where the debate kicks in - just possibly female empowerment. Clearly the novel has struck a nerve, catching a wave of popular interest in renewing the debate over women's roles and image in society.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007307616

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7th January 2010
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“Controversy for the sake of it?”

I've been thining about this book ever since I read it, and I still don't know what to make of it and what my opinion of it is!
It has a central character who is unappealing and almost impossible to like,... More

“Not for the faint hearted”

This is the first book that has made me feel queasy, although i enjoyed reading it i wouldnt necessarily recommend it as a light hearted read.
Charlotte Roach holds nothing back in her descriptive story telling and... More

11th November 2009
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