Story of O - erotic book by Ballantine Books - review by Kitka

Story of O

Book by Ballantine Books

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Story of O-no, not this book!

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.
BDSM content, extended sexual scenes, descriptive of the characters.
Hard to follow, not realistic portrayal of BDSM, ending was removed, poor translation and writing.
Rating by reviewer:
somewhat useful review

Content / Style / Audience

This book is a story about a woman's transformation into a submissive slave after being brought by her fiance, Rene, to the house of "Roissy" where she is supposed to learn how to "behave".

I heard from a lot of people that this book was a masterpiece, a classic in France even, only to be disappointed the entire time reading it. The story jumps between characters too much, who are in my opinion quite pompous and droll.

O doesn't really want to be a slave so I guess you could say she's being forced into it. I don't know about other people, but not giving consent for something like that, even in a book, is just ridiculous.

I don't know if it was just poorly written to begin with or it's the horrible translation, but I don't particularly like the way it was written in English. It was full of insanely long sentences, not to mention that it was missing the ending and it was just too hard to follow.
    • Bdsm
    • Fetish
    • Fiction


The book I bought was a soft cover, small sized book. The pages were yellowed and musty, which wasn't entirely bad, but it sure didn't add to this book's appeal at all.
    • Discreet cover
    • Small size
    • Soft cover

Personal comments

I really would never recommend this book to anyone at all. Not even beginners because it's just too hard to follow and doesn't really portray bdsm accurately.
    • Not realistic
Follow-up commentary
This book just never got any better for me and I've gotten rid of it. Hopefully someone else will enjoy it.
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  • Midway through
    Thanks for the review, you may want to look into the mentor program and see if there are some mentors available for books.
  • The Mother of a SiNner
    ty for he review
  • Angelica
    What was wrong with it that it didnt hold your attention? I wish you would have included more info. Check out the mentor program, they are a ton of help.
  • Kitka
    Thanks for the advice, I'll have to look into that.

    Angelica: Sorry I didn't include more information, I'll have to fix that in the future.
  • Kitka
    Unfortunately I can't include an excerpt from this book in my edit because I no longer own this book. I ended up giving it away. I will be editing this review soon.

    Thanks again for the advice.
  • joja
    This was always the impression I got from the summaries of this book, but still people seem to like it so much... thanks for the heads up.
  • Kitka
    You're welcome, thanks for reading my review.
  • LittleBird
    Very good review
  • Kitka
    Thanks LittleBird!
  • faust
    nice review
  • Kitka
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