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Trompe-l'oeil: Or, the Old In and Out.  Of Love. (English Edition) von [Bittner, Russell]
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Caveat lector.

If you're looking for a quick fix, an easy source of titillation, TROMPE-l'OEIL is not for you. Following the erotic hook of Chapter One (1,200+ words), this novel requires almost sixty-five pages of character development. In other words, not for the weak and weary. 'Just sayin'.

If E. L. James (of FIFTY SHADES fame) was in any way a disappointment to you as a reader, TROMPE-l'OEIL may be a suitable antidote—maybe even an elixir. Its author, Russell Bittner, finished this book in 2004—years before the FIFTY SHADES trilogy was born. It's not the product of fan fiction or of any such collaborative effort; rather, it's the author’s own work—start to finish—conceived, developed and executed in his own Brooklyn, New York garden. As is every work of fiction, it's in part the product of his imagination, in part the product of his experience. The languages (with English translations), he feels, are integral to the story and are his own—the product of ten years’ study on the Continent. They're not meant to impress or annoy, but rather—he hopes—to enhance. And, he feels, they will bear up under the scrutiny of any native speaker.

DANEKA SØRENSEN is a Danish transplant to NYC, where she manages her life from an Upper East Side apartment building by night and from the top floor of a mid-town skyscraper by day—ostensibly, all under tight control. KIT ADDISON is a fashion photographer with a sideline penchant for flora and poetry who lives on the Lower East Side. The distance between them, however, is about much more than a mere hundred city blocks.

The first sixty-five pages (other than the "erotic hook" of Chapter 1) are devoted to setting and character development. From that point on, all hell breaks loose.

That said, Russell has always believed that a woman’s most erogenous zone is between her ears. Whatever hell breaks (loose or otherwise) should break only between each such pair of ears.

That’s as much as you need to know about the two principal characters and about the “nature” of this book. The rest will reveal—and unveil—itself in the eighty-two chapters of the story whose journey, incidentally, takes us from New York to Paris, to Lisbon and the coast of Portugal, to Rome and Positano, to Copenhagen and to Bornholm (an island in the Baltic Sea), then finally back to New York City.

The thirty-seven reviews (as of today, December 11, 2014) should tell you the rest.

Caveat lector! This is not a story for lovers of the work of Jane Austen—except for what MIGHT have existed in that author’s imagination. Unfortunately for her, however, Jane Austen didn’t live in our more liberal times.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Russell Bittner is first and foremost a father; next, a poet; thirdly, a writer of both fiction (this novel; two collections of short stories plus one novella in each; one four-act drama; and one collection of formal verse) and non-fiction (LETTERS TO MY CHILDREN) plus one collection of creative non-fiction (ARS LONGA, VIA BREVIS) and one personal memoir (GIRL FROM BAKU); and lastly, a citizen of the world, a denizen of the planet. He aspires only to the simple life. The life of abundance is one he has in large part thanks to his two children, Chris(topher) and Alex(andra).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1373 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 446 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1478151056
  • Verlag: Amazon Kindle; Auflage: 1 (4. Januar 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004OEKBIE
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Erotica for the thoughtful: the secret of a surprising novel 26. Januar 2014
Von Diana F. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Daneka Sorensen, an attractive woman, and Kit Addison, the handsome younger man, will meet once in New York, and then again, and live what seems a great love story that ends only to make room to what seems will be a greater one that begins with the same scheme, meeting once in New York, and then again, always amidst the sound of foreign languages. In the game of Chinese boxes or in a mise en abîme, a mysterious woman like Daneka has to forcefully mislead the steadfast and loving Kit to become the tantalizing trompe-l'-oeil alluded in the title.

Passionate love scenes described with an extreme art and poetry lead the reader into an unexpected trap: erotica becomes less an instrument to sparking the body than to stirring the soul. Is treachery embedded in women's genes as blind loyalty is carved in a man's heart? Or is it the other way around? In this novel, the Trompe-l'Oeil expands to the mind, bodies glow and fade in the dark, and nothing in the relationship is what it looks like. Russell Bittner stings the reader and provokes a deliberate confusion that will be clarified only after a long trip to Europe and a return to New York. While he amuses and entertains with the landscape, the new languages and foods, he cuts his characters into tiny pieces to make the puzzle even greater. A fine and perceptive writer, Bittner has the proustian talent of detail. Also the drive to get into what interests women and men alike: why love and couples are always so difficult and which is the true matter that keeps them together or sets them apart. Intense and committed to all the stages of love, Daneka and Kit will be characters hard to forget.

The only thing one could demand of Bittner the artist is a higher consciousness of the form. Novels are difficult to build but it's unforgivable that the construction of the second love story, which parallels the first, is not properly framed and misses the parallelism. The recurrent and beautiful motif of trees and gardens could be also put in more relief with no pain, since Bittner as a poet excels in this type of imagery.Other minor details to correct are a certain avoidable length in some parts, the need of a more polished tightness that honors the author's poetic talent, and an unnecessary insistence with the word-by-word translations of foreign languages, all of which a savvy editor could help to fix, for the perfection of a novel which deserves it.

All in all,Trompe l'Oeil will delight all who, having bet on love, can't refrain from exploring the ins and outs of winning or losing.
5.0 von 5 Sternen A FASCINATING MIXTURE OF SENSUALITY AND ROMANTICISM 9. Februar 2015
Von kate papas - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Before I start my review I feel the urge to clarify that erotica is not my cup of tea. Nevertheless I decided to read TROMPE-l’OEIL for two reasons:
Reason #1: A copy of the book was “gifted” to me by the writer himself in exchange for an honest review.
Reason #2: I already had read “In the Animal Kingdom” by the same writer and was absolutely enthusiastic about Mr. Bittner’s style.

I was charmed by TROMPE-l’OEIL from its first pages; such is the author’s descriptive force; of characters, backdrop, scenery, events, feelings and -- yes! -- sensuality.

While reading the book, I often found myself in its heroes’ shoes, even if -at times- for different reasons and/or from another point of view.

Yet, TROMPE-l’OEIL, considered as erotica, has a great advantage which, in my opinion, might prove to be its one and only disadvantage: while it describes scenes of utmost sexuality, it is at the same time classy. Hence, fans of erotica may feel indifferent or even repulsed by its “intellectuality,” while readers of literary fiction might not choose it because they would not “waste” their time on erotica.

I admit that I’m a big fan of Mr. Bittner’s. That’s because every book or story by him I’ve read so far has the imprint of quality and shines like a diamond among pebbles.

Apart from all the skills of the writer I mentioned above, I most admire R. Bittner’s ability to penetrate the human soul. Actually, his writings remind me of a mirror where we all can see our features /characteristics, whether we like them or not.

One more thought before I close my review: TROMPE-l’OEIL has all the qualities required for a successful film adaptation. Not only can it take you to exotic places, make you empathize with its heroes’ sentiments, even excite you with its sensuality; additionally, and thanks to the author’s psychological insights, it’ll offer you food for thought .

As for me, I believe that it’s only a matter of time for Mr. Bittner to be recognized as a talented, worthy writer.
I hope this happens soon because he absolutely deserves it!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very well written 16. Mai 2013
Von Vikki Snider - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I guess that somehow I wasn't quite aware that this was a very steamy love story by the review I read. None the less, I started reading it, not thinking that I would finish it. I'm not really into romances, especially very sexually explicit romances

But this book had me from the first (even though, I will admit, I did skip a few of the more um detailed stuff) and I really had a couple of rough days at work from lack of sleep.

The sexually explicit writing is not there gratuitously. It's truly part of the story and the story would not have been the same without it. This is a twist on a modern day Romeo & Juliet, with an equally tragic ending. If anyone has ever been through anything remotely close to what the female protagonist went through (unfortunately more common than people are comfortable thinking about), you will identify with her. Mr. Bittner nailed it.

Read this story with all of this in mind. Also know that the writer stayed true to his story and did not make a happy ending for his readers.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Bittner Gives Us Prose At Its Best 2. Juli 2013
Von im1rarebird - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Russell Bittner has found a way to tell a story that is rife with snapshots of the human condition. It is poetic in its simplicity, erotic and at time a bit horrific. He covers the gambit of love, loss, addiction and obsession. He shows us a glimpse of how these things can manifest itself in the way damaged people interact with themselves and others.

We look at a love that is destined to be painfully unfulfilling. It shows the damages that can be done to a person who has to survive abuse, how and addiction can keep them from the pain of the past but creates a void in their present and no future. Often people who suffer childhood trauma never quite get the hang of living life to its fullest. There is always a roadblock that sets them up for failure. As Bittner shows with his character Daneka S'rensen no matter how successful one looks on the outside the demon of the past can rise up and take them down again and again.

While this book may be a bit disturbing, it is still worth the read. With some many people suffering from abuse and addiction in the world today, fiction like this gives those of us without these problems a reference point that can foster understanding instead of loathing. This one is a life changer.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I couldn't put this thrilling love story down! 2. August 2012
Von J. K. Rozar - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I want to start by clarifying my title above, I literally did not stop reading Trompe-l'oeil from the second I started until the second I finished except to sleep and take some bathroom breaks because it was that good.

The thickness of Trompe-l'oeil does not take away from its excitement in any way. I use the word thick instead of long because in Trompe-l'oeil there are no dull moments, from Kit's early brush with death to an end that will leave you questioning the human race. Trompe-l'oeil is a FANTASTIC story that I would, and have recommended to many people.

I'm not going to get into the eroticism because so many other people have already sung its praises so all I'll say is "I agree, it's very well done"

The story starts out by developing both characters individually with such intimate detail that after reading only a few pages it feels as if you know who Kit and Daneka are. That's where this "roller-coaster" that everyone's been talking about begins. After doing a fabulous job showing who these people are in their own worlds he begins to develop who they really are on the inside which can only be done through our most human moment; in bed.

When describing the most intimate details of each situation Russell shows his incredible understanding for the dynamics of human attraction. By describing these finer details Russell has created a very specific character, not the close friend and intimate lover of Kit you'd expect from two people travelling around Europe together but a much different, some might even say darker woman with a secret worth reading hundreds of pages to discover.

Reading Trompe-l'oeil you'd almost think the author was European himself, Russell does a very good job of informing his readers on the subtle differences between the American way of life and the European once from where we came.

Overall, this is a great read with enough misdirection to keep you guessing until the very end. If you have some time you should make reading Trompe-l'oeil a priority. Hey it might just change your life
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