Lotus Flesh of Bob Chinn:
Johnny Wadd from Screen to Novel

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by Porn Hound

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The Lotus Flesh of Bob Chinn

There is a long and fascinating history behind Bob Chinn’s debut novel Flesh of the Lotus. It remains one so shrouded in taboo that many readers are unaware of it. This review seeks to discuss the novel, the film on which it is based, the oeuvre in which the author works (and alludes to repeatedly) and the historical context in which it must be considered. While on its own the novel of Flesh of the Lotus is an entertaining period-set sexually explicit detective story with a rare attention to details often though minor by genre authors, an appreciation of the context in which it exists makes it a truly rewarding read - genuine, knowing pulp fiction. Indeed, while many know of pulp fiction primarily through the film work of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, these works are too self-conscious, superficial and straining for as much relevance as they claim to detest to be considered real pulp-fiction. In a world of faux pulp fiction thus, the novel of Flesh of the Lotus stands out as the real thing, as effortless as most is constructed and a welcome return to an ethos bathed in disrepute.

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