Tales to Make Little Red Riding Hoods Blush
(Éditions Finitude, 192 pages, 2015; originally published by Éditions Ramsay in 1987)
Includes 12 line drawings by Alban Caumont—rights included
***Since its first publication as a mass-market paperback in 1989, the book has sold over 200,000 copies***
. . . couched in satin and lace, [ . . . ] a collection of erotic fairy tales for adults who have a sense of humor.
Packed with puns and numerous references, this clever tale which unfolds like a Russian doll allows Enard to never fall prey to the easy formula and to keep multiplying the variations of love, which are almost as numerous as those of parody.
Tough deadlines and writer’s block do odd things to an author. The narrator of Tales to Make Little Red Riding Hoods Blush—who is writing a book of the same name—is on a tight deadline and he just can’t write. He finds a way to work, and play, through the three women he is closest to. There is Carole, his wife; Alice, his wife’s much younger sister, who has changed since her time in Wonderland; and Louise, the maid with very generous curves. During lovemaking, they like to tell and act out naughty tales directly inspired by children’s bedtime stories. Well, they are for bed time. Pinocchio, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Alice in Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, and Good Little Girls (by the Countess of Ségur) all inspire the lovers and the writer. The unblocked erotic variations on love that are experienced, and then described (The three little pigs did what?) (With all seven dwarves?) induce blushes and laughs galore. (Uh-oh, Pinocchio!)
Jean-Pierre Enard is the author of seven novels. He was an editor at Le Journal de Mickey, a popular children’s magazine, and director of the Bibliothèque Rose at Hachette, producing books for young readers.