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.
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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