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Vanessa Wu was born in Fuzhou, China, where her parents worked in the Communist Army Hospital. She educated herself on a diet of foreign literature, some of it quite respectable, including nearly everything written by Jane Austen, W. Somerset Maugham, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
She graduated from Fudan University in Shanghai and travelled in Asia and Europe where she met many interesting men before completing her sexual and academic education at Westminster University, London.
She works for a law firm in London and lives close to Greenwich Park where she can often be seen talking to people with dogs. If she had a dog of her own it would be a Beagle and she would call him Billy. If she writes enough stories and enough people buy them maybe she can give up working at that stuffy old law firm and stay at home with Billy instead, going for long walks in the park in the morning and having long, sensual daydreams in the afternoon.
Until then, she joins thousands of commuters every day on the Docklands Light Railway and spends many an idle hour anticipating her next erotic encounter.
on Oct. 31, 2012 :
Well I have nothing more to add that hasn't already been said. The story is exceptionally well written and a pleasure to read. You can't go wrong with any of this author's books.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Roger Frank Selby
on Sep. 11, 2011 :
Pain is not my thing, normally, both as a recipient and an inflictor (apart from some good, honest spanking, naturally!) but a young Chinese woman deliberately seeking danger in a notorious Amsterdam nightclub riveted my attention right from the start of Vanessa Wu’s Love Has No Limits.
Beautifully written and suspiciously autobiographical, the story conveys a mood of stark reality as well as frequent erotic jolts, while the first-person character is hurled from one sexual situation to another – sometimes screaming and struggling against her attacker / lover(s) in scenarios that bend the limits of consensual sex to breaking point. But somehow Beiru never goes to the police as she threatens, mesmerised by the pain and pleasure she’s absorbed.
This is initially a dark narrative, painfully detailed with the true consequences of punishing, near-rape, with its risk of permanent physical damage, and even the practical difficulties of wanting to pee while handcuffed to a bed!
But the darkness fades when Beiru returns to Berlin and enjoys a more conventional relationship with a very young man, finally realising that pain is not included in the sexual fulfilment she desperately seeks. Interestingly the threesome aspect of her Amsterdam experiences comes back to haunt her. Her young boyfriend, told of this, comes to fantasise of a threesome that includes Beiru’s curvaceous best friend, Maria.
The apparently separate threads of this tale of two cities converge in the closing chapters. A feral friend from Amsterdam comes to Berlin to find work, the sex explodes, and we find that love truly has no limits.
The protagonist, contemplating writing of her experiences reflects that “Perhaps writing a story or a novel was not something that should be done for money, or to win praise, but for the sheer sensual pleasure of it. I liked that idea. It made me want to write lots of stories, to give myself that pleasure.”
This is the core motivation in being a writer, in my humble opinion; it is something we have to do and something that Vanessa Wu does very well indeed. We are certainly going to hear a lot more of her.
Review by Roger Frank Selby, latest stories: The Farmer’s Gun and Thou Shalt Not Covet.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Aug. 21, 2011 :
When East Meets West - Being a Chinese, I was fed up reading all the heavy going stuff about things such as the cultural revolution. Even romantic literature has got that tragic element in almost every book I read outside of China. Therefore, I was rather intrigued when I came across this book. I must admit that I could not stop reading it once I started.
What fascinated me the most is the author’s candid yet sensitive approach regarding the subject matter. Anything with a sexual content used to be a taboo in China. This has gradually changed over the last twenty years. The new generation of Chinese enjoy much more freedom to explore their sexual desires both in their homeland and abroad. Although this is a fiction, I am very certain that the author has drawn from her own personal experiences and those of her fellow Chinese who live overseas.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn the truth about modern Chinese women’s sexual consciousness. There is no quirkiness or pretentiousness in this book. Beautifully written, sensuous and honest, this is a truly modern erotic gem!
(reviewed the day of purchase)