Dear friends, In this thread when I read the name of the book “ Eleven Minutes” & that it talks about feminine sexuality, it did ring a bell in my mind, ofcourse, connecting the two & I bought the book to read through it ! I have never reviewed a book so far, ofcourse with the exception of reviewing it to myself, whether to read it a few more times or stack it in the bookshelf. But this book made a profound impact on me, that I feel compelled to share it with my friends in this forum. The subject being so explicit, I also feel that my senior citizen status gives me an added advantage, to review this. . Maria had no choice except to allow life to decide her profession as a prostitute.To survive, she had to be the best, there was no alternative.. She realised, men came to her because they were lonely at the top & were in some kind of emotional pain . She learnt the trick of putting them at ease & realised that the world revolved around something that took only 11 mts. In spite of her profession, she is portrayed as a very dignified person, which makes me admire her very much Her quest for intellectual improvement is surprising, because we feel it is very disconnected to her profession ! In her we see a delightful combination of Innocent Girl, Femme Fatale & Understanding Mother ! Is not every woman a combination of the above three ? What facet surfaces, depends on the situation life offers to one at various stages. Her sense of duty to go back to Brazil & help settle her mother & father with buying a farm, is very touching. In her adventure with Terrence, she experiences the mysterious union of pain & pleasure. She felt closer to God. But when she spent the next day with Ralf, he showed her a different kind of suffering that had also given her a strange pleasure ! He made her understand that the search for happiness is more important than the need for pain. Her experience with Ralf, with a detailed description of what happens between a man & a woman in them is not just “ fire” but the “ core of fire “ ! The subject, a very delicate one, has been so deftly handled, that we don’t find any portion repulsive, as we usually find in such books. In fact, I would go to the extent of suggesting, every woman to read this, to know better about her own sexuality. We always imagine, it is harsh, difficult & shocking. But it need not be despised & needs to be understood in the proper perspective. Love & regards, Chithra.