Gordon, By Edith Templeton
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and is currently judging the Aesthetica Magazine new writing prize.
Saturday 28 July 2012
Gordon may have been written in 1966 – and prompty banned for indecency in England – but this intense tale of sexual submission, humilation and gratification is a fine alternative for those frustrated by the anodyne S&M relationship in Fifty Shades of Grey.
The novel opens as the narrator, Louisa, is led out of a bar by a man she has never met. The strangers take a bus ride to his garden and there, without much ado, they have sex. It is not only an unsettling portrait of psycho-sexual entanglement but also an exquisite love story.
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