What are the best dirty classics?

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    Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel, Lolita, tells the story of Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged literature professor, and his obsessive desire for his stepdaughter, 12-year-old Dolores Haze.

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    Melissa Cook
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Not sure how I feel about this and quite frankly, not my kind of read. There are hundreds of other books I would rather read. Yes, it has great reviews, but not sure as to why. At least it's inexpensive I suppose."
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    #2The Lover

    The Lover

    The Lover is a sorrowful romantic novel by Marguerite Dumas about the interracial love affair between a French girl and a Chinese man in a time when French influence in Vietnam is weakening. This book won France's Prix Goncourt award.


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    Anthony Wade
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I'm not all too impressed with this one, sadly. That's not exactly to say it's bad, it's not. It's just middle of the road and there's much better out there to invest your time into."
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    #3American Psycho

    American Psycho

    American Psycho is a thriller novel by Bret Easton Ellis that tells the story of the psychopathic Wall Street banker Patrick Bateman, a serial killer in New York City. It is the basis of the movie of the same name starring Christian Bale.


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    Johnny Allen
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Read this back in 1991, was mesmerized...something raw and grotesque, a book you will never forget. this second reading, Bateman seems more contrived, probably because he was a product of the 80's, a moneyed selfish arrogant murderer. I'm still liking the book, but it is a bit shallow second time round. Again, this is a book you will not soon forget, Ellis' murder sprees are vivid."
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    #4The Canterbury Tales

    The Canterbury Tales

    The Canterbury Tales is a classical literature novel written by Geoffrey Chaucer and translated by Nevill Coghill. With over 500 pages, this book is published in 2003 by Penguin Classics.


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    Ankita Mehra
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "One of the all-time great classics. They have made so many good movies for this. However it is the exact opposite of a dirty book. "
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    #5Little Birds

    Little Birds
    Little Birds is an erotic romance novel written by Anais Nin which looks into the mysterious world of sex and sensuality. There are 13 vignettes introducing different people in the book. 

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    Robert Walters
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "a steamy romance spanning different people"
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    #6Love in the Time of Cholera

    Love in the Time of Cholera

    Love in the Time of Cholera is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Gabriel García Márquez which follows the love story between lovers Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza. 


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    Madison Brown
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is one of those classics that kind of deserves its status and kind of doesn't. It's a good read when I first saw it, but it doesn't hold up for a second read, so take that where you will."
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    #7Story of the Eye

    Story of the Eye

    Story of the Eye is an adult fiction novel written by Georges Bataille which is a surreal look on the bizarre sexual misinterpretations of a pair of teenage lovers. 


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    Jacqueline Jacobs
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I really like this book for the bizarre psychological and philosophical stuff and the actual story is only a little over sixty pages so it's not too difficult to read it twice to get a good grip on understanding what the author is trying to put across.. My only real complaint is that it isn't nearly long enough to tell a full-on story and elaborate more on the wonderful characters it holds."
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    This is one of the greatest plays of all times and this edition is the groundbreaking Cambridge School, established by Rex Gibson. This is the story of the tormented prince of Denmark confronted with the evidence that this uncle murdered his father. 

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    Christopher Perry
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I have to disagree with one of the greatest plays of all times. While it is fun there are much better dirty classics out there. Please work on the plot since it is rather odd."
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    #9Delta of Venus

    Delta of Venus
    Delta of Venus is a book by Anais Nin that tells the story of different women whose obsession will sexual fantasy and worldly desires will lead them to nothing but pain and darkness. It is a compilation of sexual fantasies. 

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    Sean Carlson
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Delta of Venus is one of the best erotic books. No matter what your pleasure is, there's a little something in here for everyone. One of the cam girls I watch on a regular basis recommended this to me and I wasn't disappointed. If you're looking for some dirty reading material, this is it."
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    #10The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)

    The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)

    Admired by the ancient Greek poets, one should have definitely got their hands on Homer's The Odyssey. It serves as the canon work in literature in which every man's journey through life was carefully and creatively narrated.


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    Norma Vargas
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "If you are looking for a classic novel, "The Odyssey" is not the be missed. A favorite among high school literature classes it is a great read for both high school students and adults. Maybe you vaguely remember reading it in high school, reading it now as an adult gave me a whole new meaning and understanding. It takes about journeys through life in a way that has never since been duplicated."
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    #11The Prose Edda

    The Prose Edda

    The Prose Edda is a classic medieval mythology fiction book written by Snorri Sturluson. This Scandinavian historical poetry book is about the ancient stories of Norse creation and it is first published in 1220.


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    Jose Simmons
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I've always been interested in Norse culture and mythology. This is a really impressively thorough book with a ton of engrossing stories. I enjoyed it."


Best What are the best dirty classics
1LolitaBooks 36 Paid
2The LoverBooks 32 Paid
3American PsychoBooks 32 Paid
4The Canterbury TalesBooks 29 Paid
5Little BirdsBooks 23 Paid
6Love in the Time of CholeraBooks 22 Paid
7Story of the EyeBooks 20 Paid
8HamletBooks 14 Paid
9Delta of VenusBooks 13 Paid
10The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)Books 6 Paid

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