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 was so enthralled and enslaved by this novel that I found my neck jerking with each tug of O's collar, my heart jumping with anticipation of O's punishments, and my body squirming in reaction to the strikes of the riding crop. The narrator did a fantastic job of speaking with the mood of the novel. The only criticism I have is for the last few pages of the book. The second ending was rather rushed and condensed for such a marvelously descritive novel.
The ending was a bit surprising. I expected more for someone so devoted to her submission. Being female myself this was very disappointing. but a good story for the most part.
I finished the book just to see what became of o only to be left with a vague ending. this is definitely not an erotica novel in my opinion. it did provoke feelings and emotions. it was a strange and curious story to say the least
Still a better love story than "Twilight" or "50 Shades." Everyone who thinks those two "love stories" are good literature ought to elevate their game and read "Story of O." And remember: all the crazy stuff that happens in the book is fully consensual because it's all done out of love.
"Story of O" is a crazy love story. As in, no one would be so crazy as to love someone so much as to subject themselves to such torture. And yet, such is the case with O, the titular character, who allows herself to be subjugated the point where she has no name and is referred to only by that letter. While it's a well-written piece of literature, the characters are flat at best and unbelievable at worst. And then the story falls flat at the end, wrapping up in a matter that feels unsatisfying.
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.
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.
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