By Michel Leiris
"Not just one of the frankest of autobiographies, but additionally a brilliantly written e-book, Leiris' Manhood mingles stories, philosophic reflections, sexual revelation, meditations on bullfighting, and the life-long growth of self-discovery."—Washington publish booklet global
"Leiris writes to appall, and thereby to obtain from his readers the present of a powerful emotion—the emotion had to guard himself opposed to the indignation and disgust he expects to arouse in his readers."—Susan Sontag, long island assessment of Books
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Hence they are not apes, not in a scientific sense. Their pelvic girdles and feet are so similar to men that they would have been classified as some species of australopithecoid, creatures halfway between ape and man. " It is more probable that they are a cousin of the creature that was in the direct line of man's ancestry. In any event, I have seen them, though I never had any direct contact with them. They fled my tribe as quickly as they did humans. My own people are, I believe, another species of hominid or perhaps a giant variety of the agogwe.
In this respect, B was correct. But xlii EXTRACTS much of the third novel is grossly exaggerated, and many things he describes never happened. My son died of a jungle fever; N was killed much as B describes. P escaped but was never heard of again, though B used him as a character in the fourth novel. I imagine he died in the jungle shortly after escaping. And that is how I was able to claim my inheritance with only a few people knowing that I was not my cousin. " True perhaps for the creation of the world.
There was a diffuse element of sexuality in this suckling. At least, I always got an erection when I suckled. My mother took no especial notice of this, though some of my playmates commented on it. Erections were common among both adults and children of the tribe and accepted with a blaseness that human beings would have regarded as shockingly immoral. Civilized human beings, anyway. There are some preliterate peoples who regard this as natural. Among some peoples of the Sudan area, where the male is naked, if a male should happen to pass by a female and get an erection, the female looks upon it as a compliment.
Manhood: A Journey from Childhood into the Fierce Order of Virility by Michel Leiris