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The author of the book: Paul Bodin
Edition: Crown Publishers, Inc.
Date of issue: 1969
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Paul Bodin has written a novel that is sheer tour de force. Ass if the whole thing were true (and it miraculously feels as if it were), he says that at a party in Paris he met a young woman to whom he felt attracted because she was an intelligent and articulate advocate of the new sexual freedom. "A generation separated me from this young woman. It came to me that I had much to learn from her and at the same time perhaps I could help her discover her own truth, a truth that was important because it was the clue to the drastic innovations in morals now going on, of which she was the very essence."
He proposes a series of interviews "without concessions." Everything can and will be spoken about except that, the girl says, their language should preserve certain limits. So they set off together, talking in cafés, along the streets, in the girl's rooms, in Bodin's car, and in the Bois de Boulogne in the woods, and they explore her total experience with men and with life. She reveals a mixture of absolute frankness and freedom and a firm insistence on personal worth. "Keeping my self-respect doesn't mean denying myself." She has known a hundred men and has even explored perversity and depravity, but she remains clean. A strange and tender counterpoint develops between interviewer and young woman until Bodin sees that human values continue under the "liberated" ethic. He discovers that the girl is aware that something is lacking in her life -- complete devotion to a single man she can love.
The story is not for the thin-skinned, but it is more than casual sensationalism. It is more than the confessions of a swinger. This is the story and meaning of a whole freeing generation. It creates "a young woman" as admirable as she is talked about. With all her thoughts and impulses, and combining the cautions of tradition and of the Church with the needs of a new approach to life, she is at the heart of what it means today to be a woman, and young. She is worth meeting.
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