Nine and a Half Weeks Author:Elizabeth McNeill This is a love story so unusual, so passionate, so extreme in its psychology and sexuality that it takes the reader's breath away. Two ordinary, civilized people meet causally, and begin an affair that soon turns into a sado-masochistic experience of frightening intensity. Unlike "The Story of O", this is not fiction or fantasy, it is a true a... more »ccount of an episode in the lives of a real man and a real woman.
From the beginning, their sexual excitement depends on a pattern of domination and humiliation. As the affair progresses, they play out ever more dangerous and more elaborate variations on that pattern. By the end, the woman has relinquished all control over her body and mind. Elizabeth McNeill tells this story with beautiful economy; her very coolness of tone makes the sensations she describes all the more powerful. And she refuses to indulge in interpretation--to do anything other than show the experience.
The lovers had to create a private world to sustain their affair; readers of "Nine and a Half Weeks" will find that world unforgetable.« less