ktulip77, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by ktulip77)
The writing is detailed and wonderful.
As I read the Story of O, I was drawn into her world of submission for love and how beautiful it was. I found myself appreciating the writing with the understanding that it was written in a time where talking about your sexuality was not common.
Lucy Black, August 28, 2012 (view all comments by Lucy Black)
I finished this book almost entirely in one sitting, feeling much as though I were engaged in some sort of well-written train wreck. I couldn’t really stop reading (I kept telling myself it might get better) but I couldn’t pinpoint anything particularly redeeming or entertaining within the pages either. If you want to read about the psychological aspects of BDSM then look elsewhere. If you want to read an apologia to slavery, or a work of fiction that explores the freedom and human nature, read something else. What this novel does offer is page upon page of insipid gangbangs and whippings. (Even these are not described with any particular emotion or great detail, but more along the lines of, “she was entered” or “she screamed and writhed in pain,” which was perhaps the whole point, but it doesn’t make for an engaging read.)
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SisterMaryChainsaw, April 24, 2010 (view all comments by SisterMaryChainsaw)
An essential text in the exploration of sexuality and gender. Story of O--translated from French--reads beautifully. I love this particular little edition... it is small and white and unassuming; one remains unaware of the scandalous nature of the text contained within, and it is a pleasant, if not unsettling, surprise.
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Olthia, September 6, 2006 (view all comments by Olthia)
This book has me reeling. It is a horrific yet romantic story of O, a beautiful French photographer and her lover Rene. To demonstrate her love she undergoes sadistic torture and humiliating sexual abuse, all to prove her submission to him and her desire to please him... it speaks metaphorically to any person who has been in love so deeply and without restraint that nothing seems enough to prove its extent. Not for the faint-hearted but definitly a work of immense passion.
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