Dark side of Venus (The)
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Damon, Gene. "The Dark Side of Venus." Ladder, vol. 6, no. 11, August 1962, p. 24.
I have frequently lamented when compiling the yearly report of titles on lesbianism, the lack of highly romantic novels like those produced in the 1930’s. Although hundreds of pertinent novels have been published since the end of the 30’s only about a dozen could be considered romantic and sensitive.
The Dark Side of Venus is such a novel. It is reminiscent of The Price of Salt in tone and somewhat in context. Most of the novel deals with the ever growing tension of a budding but unconsummated, love affair. The love scenes between Judith and Diana are every bit as beautiful as the justifiably famous “Waterloo” scenes in The Price of Salt.
Bantam Books have done a good service in bringing this, hitherto unpublished in America, English novel to us.
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