400 Days of Oppression by Wrath James White

Not exactly what I was expecting but what else is new?

Retro Review



400 Days of Oppression by Wrath James White
Dark Erotica
Released 2013, 173 Pages
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Natasha has met the man of her dreams, and there is nothing she wouldn’t do to please him. Kenyatta has taught Natasha about herself, given her a sense of safety she has never felt before, and shown her a whole new world of sexual experiences.

Now she must learn the hardest part of love: understanding. To help Natasha overcome her white-trash upbringing and understand African heritage, Kenyatta offers her a wager. A very real and dangerous wager, but one worth taking.

Can Natasha’s love endure 400 Days of Oppression?

Wrath James White pushes the boundaries of race and sexuality in this dark, erotic novel--easily his most controversial yet!

My Thoughts
 

I’d previously read Wrath James White's collaboration with Edward Lee, Teratologist , and was horrified by the depravity their two minds concocted. That book left me slightly traumatized and unable to scrub the images from my brain. So, of course, when I saw that Wrath’s newest title was classified as “dark erotica” I had to read it.

400 Days of Oppression is very much dark erotica but it never went too far. I was prepared for something truly soul destroying and disgusting but there was nothing here that I couldn’t handle. In fact there were really only two scenes that take place on/after “the farm” that were gruesome to me (one hilarious, the other just horrific but well deserved). In all honesty, I was a little disappointed by the lack of gore and body fluids but there’s probably something wrong with me. This book isn’t being marketing as “erotic horror” for a reason.

With all that said, I’ll try to tell you a little bit about the story without giving it all away. Kenyatta is a black man who, as a young teen, fell in love with a white girl and had his heart stomped on. Kenyatta did not take this well. This vignette was so innocent and sweet and heart-wrenching that when the story flashes forward to a grown up Kenyatta it was a bit jarring. He has never forgotten that experience and when he grew up, he discovered a love and talent for the BDSM scene. He meets Natasha. Natasha is pretty, white and very insecure. She is longing for love and will do whatever it takes to win the eternal love and devotion of Kenyatta.

Kenyatta uses a book based on slavery called “400 Days of Oppression” as a guide to torment and preach at Natasha. If she can endure everything the blacks endured during their enslavement he will marry her. All the girls before her have failed but Natasha is quite damaged when they meet and knows how to endure. The story is fueled by sex and pain and I have to admit that it left me feeling very sad. Sad for humanity and the pain people inflict on each other, sad for Kenyatta who felt the need to do this, and sad for Natasha for needing a man so badly that she allowed it all to happen.

This is a difficult book to rate. It is a very grueling read with little to no relief from all of the suffering. I enjoyed the implied ending but I wish it hadn’t been quite so abrupt. I like dark stories, I like erotica, and I usually enjoy extreme love stories but this one? I don’t know, it didn’t entirely work for me on any of those levels. It has a load of darker edged sex including whippings, dub-con, f/f, attempted rape and all that stuff and though most of it was erotic and well written, it left me feeling drained and upset at both Natasha and Kenyatta.

Comments

  1. I think I'll give this one a pass. That cover is something else though.

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  2. so of course I had to read it. Ha! That gave me a laugh. I love dark erotica but yeah I don't think this one is for me. Seems like a HUGE stretch from his before to his after.

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    1. It was a rough one. He's written some amazing stuff but this one just wasn't for me.

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  3. I like dark stories but I am not a fan of most erotica so I don't think this one is for me. Great review!

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  4. You saying the other book is traumatizing only makes want to read it more. lol

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    1. Don't do it! Though that may just encourage you more, lol.

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  5. I've read this author once and I did enjoy how twisted his writing was! I've always meant to look at more but never got round to it.

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