Story of O

Book by Ballantine Books

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The Story of O is a classic within the BDSM community, being penned in 1953 in France and causing a stir when it was first published. Eventually it made its way to the States and was translated into English and many who are into BDSM will pick up this book at some point or another. While some may love it, others will not, and I am in the latter category.
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Pros:
Well-written, arousing, affordable.
Cons:
Not for everyone, intense reading.
Rating by reviewer:
2
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The "Story of O" is a classic in the BDSM world. It seems to be one of those books that people either really love or they absolutely hate. This version is an updated translation into English from the original French.

A little history on the "Story of O". Originally titled "Historie d'O," it was published in 1953 by Anne Desclos, writing under the pen name Pauline Reage. Desclos' true identity was not revealed for decades after the publication of the book. The book was published in France in the 1950's and caused a stir within the literary community. It won several awards, but also drew the ire of French authorities, who wanted to arrest the author and file obscenity charges.

The book was translated into English and became popular within the BDSM community in the 1980's and 1990's. The story is about a young photographer named O who is made into a sex slave or sorts by her lover who presents to another man for training. O's training is intense and the reader is compelled to see what happens next. I won't go into anymore details about the plot of the book because there are some surprises and I don't want to ruin it for those that do want to read the book.

"The Story of O" is a book that many within the BDSM community have strong feelings about. Many who have faults with it will note the unrealistic events that occur throughout the book and I am one of those who lost interest because I just couldn't believe some of this stuff was happening, or the speed at which it was occurring.

I personally did not like the book. O as a character was not my cup of tea, she isn't sure what she wants, but submits to these outlandish treatments because, why? I never sense that she knew what she wanting, or why she was doing what she was doing, other than the fact that the dominant at the moment was forcing it upon her. The beginning of the book set the tone off on the wrong foot for me, she is put in a cab and told to undress and presented at the door of a stranger and she did so, without any hesitation at all.

The sex scenes throughout the book can be very arousing, but I find that I need to connect with the characters more in order for me to fully enjoy those scenes. I felt little emotional attachment to O and therefore I was reading the scenes almost clinically. I was also disturbed by the extreme nature of some of these scenes. I know that this occurs in the real world, but it is something that I've never considered before. It was a book that didn't resonate with me, and when my wife tried to read it she got about a chapter in before she tossed it to me and said "No way." It just wasn't for us.

The book is well-written, with some engaging prose even through the translation. I was compelled to read further, even though I didn't have a connection with O and that does speak to the job that the author did. I also think that this is an important book in the BDSM world and people should at least give it a try when they are exploring the lifestyle. It might be something you love, it might not. Sadly it wasn't up my alley.
Follow-up commentary
Not my cup of tea. It is a book that is very important in BDSM literature, but neither my wife nor I could really get into it. I tried to read it again over the Christmas holidays thinking I'd have a different reaction, but no such luck.
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    • Bdsm
    • Couples
    • Masturbation
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    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Anywhere
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    What kind of features does this product offer?
    • Travel friendly
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  • wetone123
    wetone123  
    I read this book in the 80s and agree with your assessment of this book. Sex scenes are good and you want to find out how it all turns out, but there is litlle character to O herself. Thanks for writing
  • AHubbyof2SexualMinds
    AHubbyof2SexualMinds  
    I appreciate the feedback @wetone123, I'm glad I wasn't the only one who felt this way!
  • Princess-Kayla ?
    Princess-Kayla ?  
    Thank you for the review. I've been interested in this for a while.
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    Boyfriend  
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  • kurtster79
    kurtster79  
    Thanks for the reivew
  • GONE!
    GONE!  
    Thanks for the review!
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