11 minutes of sex

En ESPANOL AQUI>>>: Once minutos
EM PORTUGUES: Onze minutos

The men she had met since she arrived in Geneva always did everything they could to appear confident, as if they were in perfect control of the world and of their own lives; Maria, however, could see in their eyes that they were afraid of their wife, the feeling of panic that they might not be able to get an erection, that they might not seem manly enough even to the ordinary prostitute whom they were paying for her services. If they went to a shop and didn’t like the shoes they had bought, they would be quite prepared to go back, receipt in hand, and demand a refund. And yet, even though they were paying for some female company, if they didn’t manage to get an erection, they would be too ashamed ever to go back to the same club again because they would assume that all the other women there would know.

‘I’m the one who should feel ashamed for being unable to arouse them, but, no, they always blame themselves.’
To avoid such embarrassments, Maria always tried to put men at their ease, and if someone seemed drunker or more fragile than usual, she would avoid full sex and concentrate instead on caresses and masturbation, which always seemed to please them immensely, absurd though this might seem, since they could perfectly well masturbate on their own.
She had to make sure that they didn’t feel ashamed. These men, so powerful and arrogant at work, constantly having to deal with employees, customers, suppliers, prejudices, secrets, posturings, hypocrisy, fear and oppression, ended their day in a nightclub and they didn’t mind spending three hundred and fifty Swiss francs to stop being themselves for a night.

‘For a night? Now come on, Maria, you’re exaggerating. It’s really only forty-five minutes, and if you allow time for taking off clothes, making some phoney gesture of affection, having a bit of banal conversation and getting dressed again, the amount of time spent actually having sex is about eleven minutes.’

Eleven minutes. The world revolved around something that only took eleven minutes.

And because of those eleven minutes in any one twenty-four-hour day (assuming that they all made love to their wives every day, which is patently absurd and a complete lie) they got married, supported a family, put up with screaming kids, thought up ridiculous excuses to justify getting home late, ogled dozens, if not hundreds of other women with whom they would like to go for a walk around Lake Geneva, bought expensive clothes for themselves and even more expensive clothes for their wives, paid prostitutes to try to give them what they were missing, and thus sustained a vast industry of cosmetics, diet foods, exercise, pornography and power, and yet when they got together with other men, contrary to popular belief, they never talked about women. They talked about jobs, money and sport.

Something was very wrong with civilisation, and it wasn’t the destruction of the Amazon rainforest or the ozone layer, the death of the panda, cigarettes, carcinogenic foodstuffs or prison conditions, as the newspapers would have it.

It was precisely the thing she was working with: sex.

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Taken from “11 Minutes”, (Goodreads reviews HERE). available world wide in paperback, hardcover and in Kindle + Nook + iBookstore

Comments

  1. juliet nthambi says:

    love the book very eye opening

  2. Jams says:

    It is my experience and exposure that when people choose not to suffer, choose to avoid or eradicate pain, choose not to endure, for the reason you just have mentioned, he/she is subjected to a JUDGEMENT of being apathetic, selfish, lazy, and all the negative words judging people can think of. As if pain/suffering is a medal, a trophy to be displayed and be proud of. Indeed pain and suffering are also parts of our lives but, we need NOT languish in it. At other times, there is this vicious cycle that people unknowingly and subconsciously ‘seek out and experience’ pain and suffering so that they can find the ‘cure’ (spend lots of time, money and resources getting such fix). My humble opinion, we need not suffer too long, we always have a choice. We just have to get ready with the consequences of our choices. If we choose comfort and relief over pain and suffering, there will be people who might disapprove (even those close to us). It is up to us to deal with this situation..

  3. p says:

    I definitely love this book!!! I read it for few time and every time I still get excited like it was the first time :) perfeito

  4. joelle says:

    Le plaisir est le bonheur des fous, le bonheur est le plaisir des sages. »
    de Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly . MerciPaulo pour le joli passage du livre 11MN.

  5. Anne says:

    This book talked very often about pain, pysical or/and psychological pains. We are so used to pain. We conquer sufferings over sufferings without noticing that pain and suffering might not necessarily be part of our daily life and our life. I love all the parts talking about pain and suffering and the repeat warnings that we should not make suffering/pain as our ‘best friend forever’. Thank you for reminding.

    1. Jams says:

      it is my experience and exposure that when people choose not to suffer, choose to avoid or eradicate pain, choose not to endure, for the reason you just have mentioned, he/she is subjected to a JUDGEMENT of being apathetic, selfish, lazy, and all the negative words judging people can think of. As if pain/suffering is a medal, a trophy to be display and be proud of. Indeed pain and suffering are also parts of our lives but we need languish in it. At other times, there’s this vicious cycle that people unknowingly & subconsciously ‘seek out and experience’ pain and suffering so that they can find the ‘cure’ (spend lots of time, money and resources getting such fix). My humble opinion, we need not suffer too long, we always have a choice. We just have to get ready with the consequences of our choices. If we choose comfort and relief over pain and suffering, there will be people who might disapprove (even those close to us). It is up to us to deal with this situation..

  6. Keith says:

    Better than 50 Shades of Crap!

  7. joelle says:

    Un regard, une tête qui se retourne vers vous, un petit mot sympa, un rendez-vous à la terrasse du café pour prendre un verre ensemble nous amène quelques instants à partager pour vivre un petit moment de lascivité qui vous apporte beaucoup de plaisir . Il y a beaucoup de choses à découvrir ensemble . La vie vous apporte beaucoup de satisfaction si nous savons trouvez un moment de plénitude en apprenant le plaisir subtil de la sexualité autant le faire en plus de onze minutes afin d’aboutir à l’explosion finale qui vous amène le calme et l’extase après un bel après-midi passé à se promener . Parfois les lieux les plus propices ne sont pas forcément une chambre mais des endroits insolites qui vous apportent plus de jouissance .