THE KISSING FISH by Monique Lange


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The Kissing Fish are Siamese tropical fish who frequently change partners; here, in Paris, they are The Boys, with whom Anne, 18, entertains a casual cameraderie during the time when she tries, and fails, to have a more than casual relationship with Bernard Meunier, older and experienced. But while Bernard permits her to share his quarters- he will not let her intrude on his love for The Princess who comes there several nights a week. And while Anne tries to acquire the sexual sophistication which may finally win her Bernard's love- she fails- and this small incident ends with her chance meeting with The Princess- a young boy... An import which has had its precedents, and is seemingly in vogue, and in which sexual naivete, youthful experimentation, disgust and despair are all part of the personal exposure. The handling is unsentimental- not to say penurious.

Pub Date: May 20th, 1960
Publisher: Criterion