O is a young, beautiful fashion photographer in Paris. One day her lover, René, takes her to a château, where she is enslaved, with René's approval, and systematically sexually assaulted by various other men. Later, René turns O over to Sir Stephen, an English friend who intensifies the brutality. But the final humiliation is yet to come.
©1965 Grove Press, Inc. (P)2012 Tantor
"A rare thing, a pornographic book well written and without a trace of obscenity." (Graham Greene)
I enjoyed the story. I was surprised at the content with it being written in the 1950s.
I liked the character of O. Like the view she gave of this world she went into and showing her adaption to that world.
No I have not.
Not moved as much as disturbed me. To allow yourself to be treated that way.
Good read. Anyone who reads 50 Shades and has the view of the Dom/Sub from that should read this to see what a true relationship like that is more about.
Although this is not what I expected it was a good story. Originally I had the print copy first but I couldn't start reading until I finished the first book. I was hoping for a bit more rebellion from the women.
Do not read chapter 1, it is the translator and there is a spoiler to the end of the book. The book actually begins on chapter 3 and they read both beginning's, as has two, but they do not read both endings, for it also has two, but they omit one.
once I got through the first hour of the narrator's droning on and on, I was excited to finally start the book. I've read mixed reviews so I wasn't sure what to expect. It never really got much better. there's no explanation of O, her love, no reason for such devotion to Rene. Through out the book of found myself saying WHY??? What did he do to earn this? There was no answer, and he turns out to be a jerk.
the ending was horrible, no reason or explanation. The love O believes she shares is an illusion, because you don't just dump on someone you love. For a minute I was fooled in to believing Sir Stephen loved her, but the ending proved me wrong. I think I might have better enjoyed this book if I had read it myself, instead of as an audio book.
It was - if you are interested in the genre.
There are better French erotica writers.
I thought the narrator had a very nice voice for the part.
Oh my - in my fantasy life it would star Juliette Binoche. I'm not holding my breath.
Again, it's a classic if you are into the genre. If not, skip it.
I had heard about this book all my life but never knew exactly how much it would make my ski. Crawl until I heard it! I couldn't stop listening to it though. How much torture and violation can person take?
After all the hype I've heard about it over the years, I expected more. It was controvertial in its time, but now it is old hat
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
Remember this is "classic literature", I am more of a modern story listener myself, I did not enjoy this.
Authentic passionate story. Quite a perspective from which to view life. A very different culture. Strangely seductuve.
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