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by Robert Coover

eBook Spanking the Maid ePub
Author: Robert Coover
Language: English
ISBN: 0434142891
ISBN13: 978-0434142897
Publisher: Heinemann; First Edition edition (1987)
Pages: 102
Category: British & Irish
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 753
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ePub file: 1101 kb
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Robert Coover is a midwesterner who has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative of contemporary writers of fiction.

Robert Coover is a midwesterner who has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative of contemporary writers of fiction. The Origin of the Brunists (1966), his first novel, is a religious parable heavily loaded with symbolism and mythical parallels.

Briar Rose and Spanking the Maid. Robert Coover is the author of some twenty books of fiction and plays, his most recent being Noir and A Child Again. He has been nominated for the National Book Award and awarded numerous prizes and fellowships, including the William Faulkner Award, the Rea Lifetime Achievement Award for the Short Story, and a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship. His plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London, and elsewhere.

Spanking the Maid book. Written early in Coover's illustrious career, Spanking the Maid is an impeccable and spellbinding novel about a master, his maid, and the irresistible ritual that binds them. A bedroom and a bathroom are the only places where the two characters meet, and every day it is the same. The maid comes to the bedroom to clean. The Origin of the Brunists (1966), his first novel, is a religious parable heavily loaded with symbolism and mythical parallels

Briar Rose and Spanking the Maid. Briar Rose and Spanking the Maid. with an Introduction by John Banville.

Robert Coover is one of America’s finest stylists, a master of elegant nuance, subtle intent and darkly subversive humour

Robert Coover is one of America’s finest stylists, a master of elegant nuance, subtle intent and darkly subversive humour. His abiding theme, strongly discernible in these two wonderful novellas, is the gap that lies between our notions of the world and the world’s stubborn and consternating reality, and, further, the way in which that reality keeps on slyly asserting itself through the intricate elaborations of myth and fairy tale. A self-conscious artist, fully aware of his vocation and ruefully accepting of its demands, he is that rarest of things, a poet in an age of prose.

Spanking the Maid is hard-core allegory. a very funny book, a tragicomedy. Robert Coover teaches electronic and experimental writing at Brown University.

SPANKING THE MAID by Robert Coover. Its glare blinds him, but he can hear the maid moving about the room, sweeping the floor, changing the towels, running water, pushing furniture around. Good morning, sir, she says. Come here a moment, he replies gruffly, then clears his throat.

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Ttyr
I did not care for the endless repetition with minor variations. I did not care for the one-sidedness of it all--man gets off, maid is out in the cold. I did not care for the endless repetition with minor variations. One had the feeling someone was trying out a lit'rary exercise and it got published by mistake. One had no sympathy for any one in the book, and one felt one was overcharged.
Alsath
I have an entirely different take.

Not familiar with Coover's other work -- and being a sex therapist and psychotherapist -- I view this little book as not only (1) a sly send-up of traditional Victorian sex manuals, but also (2) possibly the obsessions of a psychologically damaged man. The "dreams" may be a schizophrenic riff. The whole thing, with all its variations, can be a delusion.

But in any case, I think it's a brilliantly crafted book by a master of language.

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Foxanayn
Coover's Sadean exploration of the sadomasochistic impulse is taken as a clever conceit by many, but I found its basic design rather cheap and thin in the end. It is the brief tale, told fantastically, of an anonymous man and his maid who arrives daily to his bedroom. Each and every day, the master points out her failures and so therefore administers her punishment. I am reminded Adorno's remarkable discussion of Kant and De Sade in Dialectic of Enlightenment, which examines the formalism of such debauchery more brilliantly and deeply than this little book. Still, there is much to admire in the style of Coover's writing.
Jube
Coover's brief tale takes a paper-thin premise and runs it right into the ground--yes, it's yet another one of those self-indulgent, self-conscious post-modernist novels seldom enjoyed by anyone who isn't an undergraduate English major. It's a very short book that you will likely wish were shorter. But though the plot goes (by design) nowhere, and the book is stuffed with the kind of affected whimsy employed by writers far too impressed with their own intelligence, there is some witty, bouncy prose to enjoy and a few inspired comic moments. For what it is, it's well put together.
Ubrise
Taking a cue from Raymond Queneau's "Exercises in Style," and his own short stories featured in "Pricksongs and Descants," what would seem to be only an experiment develops into a real commentary on self-reference and post structuralism. Coover's treatment of the master-slave, dominant-submissive relationship serves to show the sado-masochistic exchange that exists in language when that language becomes "meta" language, or language about language. In this way all "criticism" is "criticized," begging the question: if meta language is sado-masochistic, what is meta-meta language?
The novel also works despite its subject matter-- if Coover had chosen some other setting, one could still delight in the way he weaves repitition into an ongoing cascade, each permutation the same and wholly different. Chaos theory as literary genre? Now who's being sado-masochistic?
Tegore
Or else what if the male character is becoming just tired. What is the subject is just asking who is really the power dynamic of this situation. Novice players tend to assume everything about the genitals.
Natety
I did not find this book particularly erotic, and it was plotless to me.
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