A Krafft-Ebing case book -- the story of a narcissistic, emasculated degenerate and pervert. For anyone seeking that short of sensation, here is reward; but it is not smut for smut's sake. The ""hero"" learns in childhood to dress in his sister's clothes; later he becomes one of a gang of pansies, and eventually marries a sexagenarian who debauches with him and then disposes of him, leaving him to drift to the Islands and then to Japan, where most of the book takes place. In Japan he is for the first time attracted by a woman, who falls in love with him -- and who is the only decent one in the crowd. He goes down the steps of degredation -- she rids herself of him -- he eventually marries an aged spinster and falls asleep on the nuptial couch. A revolting book -- sensational -- and written with more facility and craftsmanship than one would expect. Not a book many bookshops need consider.