Book review: Whore Stories: A Revealing History of the World’s Oldest Profession, by Tyler Stoddard Smith

Book cover from Goodreads

Do you believe in destiny? I don’t, especially when good things happen to people I hate. Then again, when good things happen to people I love, I usually end up hating them for their success in the long run anyway. So maybe that’s destiny.

 

Anything but judgmental, Whore Stories sheds light on one of our more stigmatized icons: The Prostitute. Featuring the true stories of famous streetwalkers, call girls, rent boys, and go-go dancers, this book offers a revealing look at the men and women who have blazed the bawdy trail of prostitution since the dawn of time. While you may think that you know everything about this occupation, Whore Stories includes plenty of details and even celebrities, such as Maya Angelou and Bob Dylan, that will leave you in awe. Taken from Goodreads.

I was beyond excited about this book. I have a massive interest on history, obviously I am intrigue to know about the history about prostitution. No matter in which part of history you are reading (okay, I’m not sure about prehistoric ages, but hey, how can you be so sure, right?), there’s always a mention of prostitution. To look into the history of the world’s oldest profession is something you would not past up, right? Well, I was excited only to get disappointed halfway through the book, because I don’t feel like I’m getting the history of PROSTITUTION itself, and more into several names of people who are dabbing into the profession itself. So, it was a solid okay for me.

The good

This book was so funny. It was so effortlessly funny, I feel like I was having a close friend reading it inside my head. And honestly when you’re reading something about prostitution, you would want to have it all told in a way that is funny without being condescending or a know-it-all, wouldn’t you.

The bad

After awhile it gets quite boring, because it was just series of titbits or trivias about famous people (or not so famous people, but pretty famous in their line of work). You enjoy the light tone of the book, but after series of names and a glimpse of their histories, you want to know more than just names and events, wouldn’t you?

The ugly

The outline of the book was a recipe for boredom. Honestly. I honestly gave the book up two chapters before it ends. I felt like I wasn’t going to get anything specific or fun anymore apart from, again, titbits and names and events and the whole enchilada that I’ve been getting from the first chapter.

I mean I did say I was disappointed by the book and that it gets extremely boring and predictable halfway through the book, but I’m still leaning towards a yes on the scale of whether or not I would recommend this book. This book is still refreshing and entertaining in the way it delivers it, but it you’re expecting anything more than just trivia, then yes, I would suggest that you should just past this book up.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️☆☆☆

Title: Whore Stories: A Revealing History of the World’s Oldest Religion

Author: Tyler Stoddard Smith

Genre: History, Humour, Nonfiction

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