“I don’t do the girlfriend sort of thing” Christian Grey tells Anastasia Steele and Voila !! it is the start of an exotic love-hate relationship between Anastasia Steele, a college graduate & Christian Grey, CEO of Grey Enterprises worldwide.
The novel, about the increasingly dark relationship between a naive young girl and a sadistic businessman, is competing for the popular fiction book of the year gong at the National Book awards.
Book is categorized as erotic fiction and I will have to say, a lot of book reviews advised me against buying this book before I actually purchased it. My inquisitiveness was fuelled by the fact that sales of Fifty Shades of Grey has touched 40 million copies and it is single handedly responsible for begetting the dwindling sales of books worldwide back from doldrums and to the pinnacle of glory where the author is being offered movie rights for the book.
The book is told from the perspective of a 22-year-old college student Anastasia “Ana” Steele who, while doing a favour for her friend Katherine Kavanagh, meets 27-year-old businessman Christian Grey and they develop a mutual attraction. After a interminable courtship, they eventually become involved in a more physical relationship. Initially, their physical interactions are limited to regular sexual play. Ana, who has little sexual experience, not even solo, finds Christian irresistible, and through him reaches a sexual awakening. But things get out of control when they turn to BDSM.
But while the portrayal of Christian Grey as some sort of prodigious being can be perfectly acceptable as an object of woman’s fantasy, his characterisation makes him quite dreadful. Not only is Christian emotionally aloof, rude and distant, he is manipulative and borderline psychotic in stalking Ana. And for a man in charge of a huge company, he seems to spend little time actually working. ‘Dreadful’ does not mean he is monster like. Instead, he is the most gorgeous man that women have ever seen – effect of which is seen multiple times when he goes with Ana to various restaurants. In that sense, the book has been written from a woman’s perspective and perhaps, for women.
Erotic part, however, is a clear depiction of pornography in print with the correct words and sounds used during the length of the book ( oh la la ! :)). Sometimes, E.L. James has spent more than a chapter to make physical intimacy fascinating and intriguing. One thing I have to say about her writing that she has kept the reader curious throughout and as rightly put, the book is addictive – though a very long one for an erotic fiction. However, as of now, I don’t intend to read the other two parts of this trilogy
Reproaches read earlier were stumbled upon while reading the book – words ‘jeez’ and ‘inner goddess’ are repeated more than 50 times :). Book lovers who find the book fascinating will forget the repetition and read it for its substance. I liked the book and my recommendation is for the women to read it who should like the book more than men do 🙂 . I give it a score of 4/5