Pauline Reage's notorious novel Histoire d'O () was origi- nally written as a series of love letters to an absent lover. Every night for three months, parents. Story of O is an erotic novel published in by French author Anne Desclos under the pen name Pauline Réage, .. Print/export. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. Editorial Reviews. Review. "A rare thing, a pornographic book well written and without a trace of obscenity." Graham Greene. Review. 'A rare thing, a.
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The Story of O by Pauline Reage Part I: The Lovers of Roissy Her lover one day takes O for a walk in a section of the city where they never go - the Montsouris. This books (Story of O [PDF]) Made by Pauline Reage. Book details Author: Pauline Reage Pages: pages Publisher: North Star Line Language: English ISBN ISBN Gone Viking: The laugh out loud debut novel from the bestselling. Story of O—an erotic novel that shocked and aroused millions—was published in under the pseudonym Pauline Réage. Many readers suspected the book.
Re-reading it as an adult, I found it interesting in many ways that my eighth grade self could not have, such as noticing the exploration of the boundary between will and circumstance. Rene, for whom she would do anything because she loves him with madness and without whom she can not live, lends her to a friend and tells her that he is now her new master. The blurb quotes from major newspapers and writers including Graham Greene, Harold Pinter and Brian Aldiss - some may care to note they're all men - testify to its being a publicity phenomenon of its own in the s. The novel was strongly criticized by many feminists , who felt it glorified the abuse of women. O can't say no..
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Are you sure you want to Yes No. Be the first to like this. O is a successful career woman who gets her freak on as a sexual slave. We are all hedonists at heart! The prudish, Protestant roots of society plus the pc attitudes for which feminism is responsible in part, make this a very shocking boo The original ending of this book was suppressed because it supposedly objectified women.
The prudish, Protestant roots of society plus the pc attitudes for which feminism is responsible in part, make this a very shocking book now. But not as much as in the past for its pornographic content,no now it is seen as the choices its protagonist makes that are shocking. I would recommend the book to loads of people if only because it's fabulously well-written, a real literary classic and of course, it's hot, really hot.
How many classics can you say are that? View all 18 comments. Aug 16, Casey Wilson rated it liked it. Since my child is currently one of my 2 friends, I will refrain from writing a real review of this book. Manon, when you're living far far away and are much older you should check this out. And when you do, please don't tell me about it. View all 3 comments. I never had any intention of reading Story of O until I was recently asked to review it.
I knew I wouldn't like it, that it is not the kind of erotica I usually waste my Sunday afternoons with, so rather than purchasing the whole thing, I instead decided to read the Amazon Kindle sample. That, I'm afraid, was way more than enough.
I'm not sure whether the sample starts at the beginning of the story or not, the first chapter felt a little out of place, but then none of what I read really followed I never had any intention of reading Story of O until I was recently asked to review it. I'm not sure whether the sample starts at the beginning of the story or not, the first chapter felt a little out of place, but then none of what I read really followed the format of a regular novel.
The sample starts as it means to go on: She gets in. I laughed at this. Perhaps I shouldn't have. Perhaps I shouldn't laugh at the fact that O allows herself to be objectified and used sexually, perhaps I should pity her for feeling that it's okay to be ordered around in this way. Oh well, I'm just a firm believer that if someone tells you to jump off a cliff and you jump off said cliff, then it's your fault for being a cliff-jumping moron.
Just sayin' Anyway, as far as your regular run-of-the-mill sex goes, there's hardly any description. It's all entering and plunging and then it's all over. The whipping, however, gets a lot more attention than the sex does, the whole sample doesn't actually feel like erotica unless you're the kind to masturbate while Crimewatch is on.
This is a story of violence, not sex. Because sex is a two or more way thing regardless of whether it is BDSM or straight-up lol, pun! If all the participants aren't invested in the sexual activities and aren't getting pleasure out of it then it isn't sex, it's rape. Okay, okay, before I get carried away with that idea, it's kinda important to point out that it wasn't clear as to whether O was giving consent to what the people were doing to her.
She screams and she cries, which to me is something negative, but I'm no expert on how people behave during this kind of sexual encounter. We are not treated to O's thoughts, only her actions and the actions of the people around her.
She doesn't express regret, sadness or even pain inwardly. The only thing that is clear to me and makes me feel sick is that the men who are doing all this stuff to her are not concerned with her pleasure. Which, as I said in my review of Fifty Shades of Grey , is important because all parties are supposed to get something out of it. In BDSM relationships, submission is something that a person chooses to do and wants to do because they enjoy what it gives them and what it gives the dom.
It is not forced out of someone. The psychological aspect of BDSM is a lot like how it is or should be with regular sex. You give pleasure, you get pleasure. You have to get past the pleasure stage, until you reach the stage of tears. They rejoice when she is in pain, when she is distressed, and when she screams or cries. For me, trying to hurt someone for the sake of hurting them - not to give them what they want - is no different from rape.
It is sick. This is sick: The gag stifles all screams and eliminates all but the most violent moans, while allowing tears to flow without restraint. There was no question of using it that night. On the contrary, they wanted to hear her scream; and the sooner the better. You could argue with me that O actually wants all of this to happen, so I have no point.
We are not told what O is thinking, she never speaks to say whether she wants it or not, but I cannot be the only one thinking that this is not the sign of a woman enjoying herself: Then one of the men, holding her with both hands on her hips, plunged into her belly.
He yielded to a second. The third wanted to force his way into the narrower passage and, driving hard, made her scream. When he let her go, sobbing and befouled by tears beneath her blindfold, she slipped to the floor, only to feel someone's knees against her face, and she realized that her mouth was not to be spared. Though, personally, I think her mouth is the least of O's problems if he's shagging her belly.
What's that all about? But I'm learning more and more that people automatically categorize books that combine pain and sex as BDSM, even though they're not, or it's questionable. In BDSM, both the dom and the sub have got to want what's happening, or else it's simply abuse.
Though O is hard to understand, there are about twenty quotes from the sample alone that suggest she isn't enjoying being tied up and hurt. And that's why this story is not erotic, but merely fucked up. View all 24 comments. The most useful piece of advice on literary criticism that I've ever come across is Nabokov's dictum to identify with the author, not the characters.
This book is a perfect example. If you make the mistake of identifying with O, it's all a bit bewildering. Why exactly is she interested in being blindfolded, tied up, whipped, and fucked from all angles by a bunch of people she doesn't even know?
It seems bizarre and rather distasteful. The rest of this review is available elsewhere the location c The most useful piece of advice on literary criticism that I've ever come across is Nabokov's dictum to identify with the author, not the characters. The rest of this review is available elsewhere the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons View all 68 comments.
At first most people read this as erotica. However I read it for a psychology class. There is a much deeper story if you read it from a different perspective.
This woman gives up everything. I don't mean everything in the passive way we use it today. I mean right down to her voice. She only speaks a few times, I can count the number of times on one hand.
She gives away her core, her voice and her soul. Just to be loved. And what a silent psychological break she makes to remain a At first most people read this as erotica. And what a silent psychological break she makes to remain a body but nothing more than a toy. The things some women do longing to be loved. In the end there is no more to give when all is taken. What is left? View all 4 comments. Feb 05, Ninoska Goris rated it did not like it Shelves: This is horrible and tremendously boring, every time I started reading my eyes closed.
It did not seem erotic, but totally abusive to those who not only accept it, but also yearn for it, demonstrating that it must be a person with serious psychological problems and zero self-esteem. O, the protagonist, a beautiful Parisian fashion photographer, has Rene as a lover.
As he had already told her that he wanted to prostitute her, it does not take her by surprise when he takes her to Roissy where she is treated as a sex slave, beaten and all included. She leaves there with a ring that allows to possess her to every man who knows what it means.
Rene, for whom she would do anything because she loves him with madness and without whom she can not live, lends her to a friend and tells her that he is now her new master. Sir Stephen is more possessive and depraved than Rene and only takes her by where men and women have in common. After lending her, forcing her to be with women and marking her permanently in every possible way, then he abandons her.
I hated it, but every head is a world and my opinion should be taken as just that, my very personal opinion. Esto es horrible y tremendamente aburrido, cada vez que comenzaba a leer se me cerraban los ojos. View all 6 comments. Nov 03, Kim rated it did not like it Shelves: This book must have been really something when it first came out, but to me, this was just another one of those unintentionally funny chick flicks.
I do realize I completely missed the point of this book, because it just completely flew by me. And she'll learn to love it. Because Rene keeps telling her he loves her so much.
Because she wants to do whatever he wants her to do. Maybe it's because I'm unable to see myself in this position, or to be more accurate, these positions , but I really don't see the point of everything that happens to O. If anybody ever suggested doing something that's even remotely in the general direction of the stuff they make her do, to me, I will laugh, to see if they are serious, and if it turns out they are, I will go batshit on their ass.
And I do mean that in the literal sense. Because it's the woman who keeps getting degraded, not the man. See how he likes it. Chains, whips a riding crop for christ's sake , multiple men at multiple entrances real friends come in through the back door! Try that last one. I'm serious. Try looking hot and ready by doing that. And I don't just mean for like a few minutes, anybody can make that pose look hot. But try it everywhere and all the time. You'll look like an ill mannered peasant with a saliva problem after 20 minutes.
After a while it even stopped being funny and it just got boring. I'm sure there is a purpose for this book. Possibly something of the door stopper variety. View all 5 comments.
Jan 11, Paul Bryant rated it did not like it Shelves: I did read this some years ago so honesty compels me to list it here. For those of you who haven't yet had the pleasure, I can save you some time. All you need are these few verses from Tom Lehrer - the book itself is much less amusing. I quote them here because it's just possible some of you will not know this lovely ballad. I ache for the touch of your lips, dear, But much more for the touch of your whips , dear.
You can raise welts like nobody elts , As we dance to the masochism tango. Say our l I did read this some years ago so honesty compels me to list it here. Say our love be a flame, not an ember, Say it's me that you want to dismember.
Blacken my eye, Set fire to my tie, As we dance to the masochism tango. Your eyes cast a spell that bewitches The last time I needed twenty stitches To sew up the gash That you made with your lash , As we danced to the masochism tango.
Bash in my brain, And make me scream with pain, Then kick me once again, And say we'll never part. Take your cigarette from it's holder, And burn your initials in my shoulder.
Fracture my spine, And swear that you're mine, As we dance to the masochism tango Anonymous author grabs her reader by the proverbial balls right before bedtime god damn it E.
James should be ashamed. What I'm reading here is pure artistry and I almost wonder if the author isn't writing from experience. It's very difficult to explain these types of sexual and psychological relationships unless you've been in one.
RTC but let me say this What's with that ending? View 1 comment. View all 8 comments. Jan 06, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: While this was one of the most original and mind blowing books I've ever read and the history behind it is fascinating as well , it is definitely not for everyone, especially the sexually squeamish and the faint of heart.
It deals with a sadomasochistic relationship in early 20th century France. It feels very reminiscent of Marquis de Sade's type of literary eroticism, but is a much easier read in terms of language and prose. This book stayed with me for months after I read it leaving me with t While this was one of the most original and mind blowing books I've ever read and the history behind it is fascinating as well , it is definitely not for everyone, especially the sexually squeamish and the faint of heart.
This book stayed with me for months after I read it leaving me with that type of sadness you feel when you know it may take years to find another book that is so intense, mind opening, and truly original.
Erotica Type: Third Person Rating: O was a fashion photographer in the heart of Paris. She developed a taste for being used and abused, but how much more could she endure in the name of love?
This book is not long but I struggled to finish due to the writing with the very long paragraphs and chapters. Same thing with the sentences. They went on and on, started with one thing and ended with completely different thing.
I had hard time holding my attention and had to re-read parts a lot of times to keep up with the story. That she should have been ennobled and gained in dignity through being prostituted was a source of surprise, and yet dignity was indeed the right term. The story itself posed its own problem. The book started and ended abruptly with things missing in between. She liked the idea of torture, but when she was being tortured herself she would have betrayed the whole world to escape it, and yet when it was over she was happy to have gone through it, happier still if it had been especially cruel and prolonged.
Everything felt detached. The only thing remotely interesting was the FF and the happenings towards the end of the last chapter. Story of O is iconic because it pushed boundaries. Unfortunately for me the writing and the content did not have enough power to uphold the status.
View all 7 comments. This story was written in I cannot even begin to imagine the outrage this novel must have caused. Like I said, awkward. Her lover had been a fan of the work of Marquis de Sade and had once said that a woman could not write anything such as that. Taking it as a dare, she set out to accomplish it. Treated as a possession, O finds pleasure in pain and the concept of feeling owned. But as O seems to find the man who can control her mind and body, and she goes to extremes to ensure his love, she remains on a precipice of uncertainty.
The question remains whether O found solace in her ultimate submission or if her sacrifice was based on misunderstood affection. Originally published in and in French, there is debate about the quality of translations; however, the third person POV is quite detached, flowery and verbose which left me feeling unattached to O until practically the last twenty percent of the book. While I could potentially deal with all three possibilities, why not publish as the author intended and ground the story with a proper finale.
As for other characters, the men remained aloof, entitled and selfish. The sole standout character was Ann-Marie because she thrust herself into this world by choice and dictated her own terms. In comparison, it seems O came to a certain acceptance at the end but being led was still part of her needs. View all 12 comments. Jul 30, Sidharth Vardhan rated it liked it Shelves: If you think about it, we are only part humans.
And our sexual instincts still come from our animal part - thankfully, just consider and Brave New world universes to get an idea of what would happen if we let it be too governed by social values with exception of consent which is a must of course. That is probably true for feminism too - I am sure I have read somewhere feminists have objections to some of sexual positions and I think that is going too far.
If you really want to write a cod If you think about it, we are only part humans. If you really want to write a code of conduct, then that would look like something straight out of some medical church. Sex costs a lot more to women than to men and that is balanced by their bargaining power. Now this book has some beautiful prose and some occasional glimpse of aesthetic but some other qualities bring it down to too vulgar a taste. The characters are ridiculously unidimensional.
It is not that O is submissive but that there are no stop words which bothers one. Again, she is always submissive. There is no moodiness to her. What really bugs me is that she seems to give up her career, her Social life etc something I don't much like, even when it has nothing to do with BDSM, for example when women do it after marriage and it crossed all lines when O go suicidal in one of alternative endings upon being abandoned by her lover and seeks his permission for even that.
Oct 28, Traveller rated it did not like it Shelves: I read this quite a while ago, and thought I had already rated it.
Anyway, what I still cannot fathom is why a woman would write fiction that so thoroughly dehumanizes women. Even the Marquis doesn't come close,and one could excuse it more from a man. One can only feel sorry for poor Desclos. Which I won't do on accountof it having left me feeling brutalised, violated, and with feelings of despair.