Porny. Nicholson Baker’s novel, House of Holes, is a dirty and funny novel that will entertain some readers and gross out others. Baker has more names for body parts and sexual acts than most readers have ever imagined. Those terms and the attempts at sexual pleasure are what brought me to laughter on many pages of this book. Certain sensitive readers will label this pornography and find no redeeming value whatever. In our visual age marked by the use of sex to sell so many products, it was something of a relief to be reminded that the mind and imagination can be the source of pleasure and satisfaction. Let’s just hope that this novel is not made into a movie. Some of these scenes are best left to the imagination.
Rating: Two-star (Mildly Recommended)
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