• Wetlands

  • By: Charlotte Roche
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-24-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • 2 out of 5 stars 2.0 (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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. 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.
©2009 HarperCollins Publishers (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
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4 out of 5 stars
By Erich on 10-29-11

Not just a dirty story

The author, Charlotte Roche is a German media personality. She's written one of the most original (and shocking) books about human and female sexuality you have read.

Some of it is gross, some of it is sexy; but all of it is real.

The protagonist is clearly a disturbed young woman, claiming her place in the world and her sexuality, while still craving her fairy-tale ending.

It explores themes of the sex-negative West. The protagonist is shockingly unhygienic (to me, anyway); but it illustrates our complete obsession with sanitising every part of the sexual experience -- and even life itself. After all, life is messy; sex is messy.

This book is not just a dirty story. It's a coming of age book of our time. I'd love to hear your response.

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2 out of 5 stars
By JonR on 02-24-10

Not Erotic!

I like Marmite, but cannot recommend this book. It is well written and narrated but is just crude. I cannot understand the motivation for writing such a book other than just to shock, but in the end the shock turns to boredom. Certainly should not be in the erotic section, perhaps the neurotic would be more apt.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Dr John on 09-07-09

Bottom Surgery

An extended account of bottom surgery in a young woman. Comprehensive anal introspection with local diversions. Not for the squeamish

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5 out of 5 stars
By stacey on 04-13-16

what did I just listened to lol

great book and the voice acting was amazing. I have never read such an odd book. no a book for the squeamish.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Micheal on 09-22-15

Gross at times but great.

Being a 48 year old male, I'm probably not the demographic for this book. But I loved it. I was grossed out by some of Helen's hygiene choices. I had to ask my wife and both my 20 and 22 year old daughters about some of Helen's actions to make sure it wasn't normal. I think a lot of Helen's actions were as a result of PTSD, mixed with female empowerment.

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