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If you have even the slightest curiosity about the BDSM lifestyle, you should read this book. It shows you the many different ranges that are within the one lifestyle. It delves into the more extreme, yet also touches on the more subtle aspects at the lifestyle's core. It shows the struggle of a submissive who has a strong will and the delicate balance of love within the D/s relationship. It is a thought-provoking and libido-racing fantasy mixed with some reality.
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.
This is a book that is worth looking beyond the mystique with and considering as a cultural object. Whether you are kinky or not. If you are a sex-positive person, O will get you thinking about our standards of decency and the line between private and public.
The Story of O is required reading for anyone interested in seeing the boundaries of where erotica can take us. It's a dense, beautiful, brutally honest book, and a work of literature in its own right.
This book probably turned more people onto BDSM than any other single work. Not for the squeamish, but if you even suspect you are an adventurous lover, you need to read O.
Personally, I couldn't finish this book fast enough. It took forever to read because I found it tiresome to drudge through the horrible writing style.
The Story of O may be a classic in France. However, I do not read or speak French, making it extremely difficult to truly critique the original novel. I did find the English version to be one of the most irritating reads I have come across. The story jumps around between characters, O does not truly desire to be a slave, the ending has been removed, and the story is very hard to follow. I would recommend going with a better sado-masochistic read, such as Carrie's Story.
I had incredibly mixed feelings about the content of this book in the best possible way. If you're submissive or masochistic in any way, you'll likely enjoy this book. It's the book I hate to love and love to hate, but I love that dynamic, so I give it four stars.
If you want a book that gets your motor going but also intrigues you and keeps you fingers turning the page...and other things...this is definitely a book you need to read.
The Story of O, or Histoire d'O, is a book about a woman's transformation into a submissive young slave. It was written by a French writer who wrote it for fairly odd reasons, which makes it understandable why it's such a horrid read. The book itself was so badly written that it truly made me feel sorry once I got to the end that I had wasted my time reading it. It was a frustration to read, and it isn't a good portrayal of BDSM, or any other, relationships.
The Story of O is a journey of one woman as she discovers what it truly means to be submissive. She goes through many changes through the book and it's so intriguing to read about it. It can be an introduction or a new insight into BDSM. I'd recommend not reading the blurb if you don't want too much of the story revealed!!
Wonderful amazing book whose descriptions of sex and torture will stay with you long after you've read it. A must for those who enjoy BDSM and/or D/s relationships.
It’s the book I love to hate and hate to love. It’s erotic as hell. Some of the sex scenes and pain scenes are pussy clenching hot. The objectification and dehumanization of O is also hot, hot, hot. But it always strikes me as very unrealistic.
The Story of O is driven by a fierce erotic intensity that only begins loosening its hold well after the first 60 pages are behind you. It's the story of a beautiful fashion photographer, O, and her initiation and subsequent voyage into the world of the submissive.
The Story of O is an awe inspiring tale of a woman who enjoys being made a slave of. The book goes into incredible detail into her journey, including the often brutal treatment at the hands of those she submits to.