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 this book when I read it in college, I enjoyed it even more a few years ago. This is classic literature, it is dark, and naughty and hot....but it is literature..not beach trash. There is nothing light or whisical about it.
The story is prefaced with a number of forwards, and literary studies on the work which I found fascinating.
The story was originally published in 1954 as Histoire d'O. It was penned entirely in french and some may find the "translation" difficult. The writer, Anne Desclos a french author and journalist, wrote the book because her editor said no woman could write erotica. She did not reveal herself as the author until 40 years later.
I enjoyed the audible edition, and truly appreciated the forwards, but it will not be for everyone.
Yes, I will wait at least a year because I became outraged listening to the level of inhumanity one woman would endure in the name of "love". To think these dehumanizingactivities may go on in the world is truly disturbing.
When O has a chance to get away from the abusive behavior she chose to stay.
Ms. Mazur reads with a slow steady pace. It allows the listener to really absorb what is happening and the mind blowing way in which this woman accepts her fate and how in the end she is discarded like a piece of garbage.
I did. I was shocked then angry and at the end very, very sad. I wanted to shake O awake until I realized she had become numb from her mistreatment and would have enjoyed my actions and nothing would change.
I would recommend this book to any reader that enjoyed the Shades of Gray trilogy. While I did not read the series I would hope that listeners of this story would understand that we demoralize our selves by making these abusive behaviors entertainment. the Story of O was an education.
I downloaded the book because J.K. Rowling refused to read the Shades of Gray series
after reading this one.
I Love to read and I am all over the place. From Fantasy to Non Fiction to True Crime. Sadly even some Romance novels which I never thought I would read but they turned out to be not bad some even good as long as they had some fantasy in them
Watching her change into what he knew she wanted to be, for she did not know herself yet came to for she never said no to anything he asked her to do. The trust and the love she had for him and he for her. This type of lifestyle is not for all
When she truly found out who she was and was proud of it
there were many
Yes. The love and the depth of respect
For this type of book to be written and published in the 50's was something. Women were of the home to cook and raise children that was there role. This book said they could have another and that sex was not dirty or just something to be endured but to be enjoyed. Yes it's not the taste of everyone but for those of us that have lived this way can see the person inside wishing to get out and helping them to be what they wish, or the person that can truly trust another to show them all they can be. Its truly a book about sex and erotics but more of trust and love
I'm Married 25 years with 5 sons. I love romance anything to do with love, love and more love. I am officially a audible junkie :)
no not really
I didn't care for the narrator
This is my opinion...I read this book about 16 years ago, give or take a few years. This book is quite hard to forget. Rene- O's boyfriend takes her to Roissy ( a house of torture) she is raped, beaten, humiliated and she does it because she loves Rene. At the end of her time there Rene gives her to Sir Stephen H. I hated Rene at that time in the book. his character is just a whimpy, stupid man. Sir Stephen takes over and tortures, disfigures and rapes O constantly, By the end of the book she doesn't know her head from a hole in the ground. One of the endings had something to do with Sir Stephen leaving and she was going to kill herself and he gave her his permission, I was thinking.... she really should.... I think everyone should read this book (listen to it) I enjoy reading different opinions. Also this book is not easily forgotten.
I read this a long time ago and was intrigued by the book. Lost the book and was thrilled to find it as an audible book. Listened to the book once so far, but will listen again. Still hard for me to understand what people will do to others. Lambs to the slaughter.
Yes. I tried to read the book and stopped by the 1st chapter
The opening at the House
This story was really hard to listen to, I would not not listen to it again nor would I recommend it to friends, it was difficult to listen to due to the subject matter and the nature of the torture.
None of the Erotic books I have listened to prior
I have not listened to this author prior
I found this book upsetting as it crossed the line mentally as to what I find acceptable as "willing" participants
I did not dislike the writing, how it was translated or the reader; they were all well done. My issues are personal and with the subject matter relating to how "O" and the other women were mentally and physically degraded and harmed.
The reader found great nuance in this novel.
Her interpretation of the characters and rhythms of the story.
It was the voice of the narrator. It was the most boring, dragging put you to sleep. Finally after three tries," I SAY THE HELL WITH IT".
It's just outdated and strange. There are some good parts, but really, it's like a museum piece.
I always love this narrator. But I'd rather listen to her read anything else than this awful book.
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