|Dream Story by Arthur Schnitzler|
This book had sat on my to read pile since it was given away with The Guardian in 1999 and having finally got round to it I have to say I should have read it much sooner. Arthur Schnitzler manages to pack an incredible amount into the books 99 pages many other writers would take about 350 pages to tell the story Arthur does of a Married Couple who start to explore each others sexual fantasies in Vienna pre world war 1. The book takes us into the weird festish clubs and brothels of the time and is full of some very out there sexual proclivity. It's a great read and is like an Egon Schiele painting come to life on the page. But also gives us insight into how the society looked down on those who didn't fit in. The clubs have secret passwords and rules of engagement that leads fridolin far deeper in than he wants to go while he tries to "save" a girl he meets in a very bizarre club indeed. I found this book to be readable enough that you could get through it in a long weekend.