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Before E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, there was Anne Rice’s New York Times best seller The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty In the traditional folktale of "Sleeping Beauty," the spell cast upon the lovely young princess and everyone in her castle can only be broken by the kiss of a Prince. It is an ancient story, one that originally emerged from and still deeply disturbs the mind's unconscious. In the first book of the trilogy, Anne Rice, writing as A.N. Roquelaure, retells the Beauty story and probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire. Here the Prince awakens Beauty, not with a kiss, but with sexual initiation. His reward for ending the hundred years of enchantment is Beauty's complete and total enslavement to him . . . as Anne Rice explores the world of erotic yearning and fantasy in a classic that becomes, with her skillful pen, a compelling experience. Readers of Fifty Shades of Grey will indulge in Rice’s deft storytelling and imaginative eroticism, a sure-to-be classic for years to come.


Praise for The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty:

"Articulate, baroque, and fashionably pornographic." —Playboy

"Something very special . . . at once so light and yet so haunting." —The Advocate




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    Modern sleeping beauty

    Interesting take on sleeping beauty, I like it!

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    Hot lusty

    This is another supEr HOT book.

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    Very good

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    Too Violent And Humiliating

    Not my kind of kinky sexual romance. I couldn't finish the book. The scenes were borderline non consensual between the characters and pushed too far in terms of the use of the BDSM world. Didn't enjoy it.

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    Anne Rice's take on Sleeping Beauty

    Interesting. Anne Rice is such a great storyteller and really makes the story her own. Some parts made me cringe and made me angry but this definitely isn't the classic fairytale

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