This is a BDSM novel. If you are not into that, don't read it.
The first thing I noticed about this novel is that the narrative is a bit strange (I'm not sure if this is owed to translation or not). The narration is third person, and comes across as passive (appropriate for being told in a submissive's narrative). The part that's strange is the leaps back and forth in time. There will be something going on in the present, then the narration will explain what happened for the next week, and then leap back to the present.
Her training sessions were intriguing, and I just wish they were written in more detail. I think my biggest disappointment though was the lack of character development until the last quarter of the book.
The situation O finds herself in is one that many people do (though maybe not to this extreme). "How much am I willing to do for the one I love?"
The ending is just plain depressing. An unexpected twist, and very disconcerting.
Overall, an enjoyable read.
I am glad I read the book. Very erotic in a sense, but I prefer a little more of something...I guess description...I don't know. I am happy to say "I've read that" but don't know that I would pick it up again or sincerely recommend it to a friend. Not bad for what it is, not what I expected...4 stars!
BTW - This is one of the versions with a suppressed final chapter (saying what happens in about 2 sentences). Enjoy
I have started this book twice now and just can't finish it. It jumps around in time without warning, there is very little back story as to the relationships. I found it confusing and frustrating, and ended up just setting it aside.
Not for the faint of heart. Lots of bondnge and Domination.
A very interesting tale. Definately not your light, erotic read. It's good in a bad way.
A "must read" for those interested in BDSM. A very beautiful, erotic story.
With a new translation, complete and unexpurgated.
This book was suggested to me because it is said to be one of "THE" books about BDSM. This by far is not what I would have pictured the true BDSM culture to be. The story line was not at all what I expected of one man basically tricking his girlfriend into a sex slavery. That to me is not BDSM even though she eventually fell in love with it. Also the last chapter is a basically you pick your own off of the options the other gave. That didn't really go over well for me as I wanted the story to conclude. The writing style is a bit different but overall it was a readable book. Not something I overly enjoyed though or would read again.
This story was just hard to get into, not just because of the graphic and violent sex, but because there is no introduction to who the character, O, is or why she goes along with what her lover has her do. It's really baffling why this woman is so intent on getter her lover's approval and continues to say "I love you" to someone who expects her to accept his prostitution of her as well as the torturing that goes along with it.
I thought it was just an awful story, and I'm not even sure how I managed to finish it. I think mostly, I was looking for a real answer to "Why?". Why would someone, anyone, allow themselves to be degraded to by such brutal sexual treatment and then, in day-to-day activity, act as if it's all common-place? And why, would the other people in the story want to do these sorts of things to another person for pleasure?
Considering where the story takes place, it must be a French thing. I don't recommend this book, even if you are curious like I was. It was crap.
After reading 50 Shades of Grey, this book was recommended to me. I was barely 10 pages in and I wanted to toss the book. I tried to read it but I found O not likable, she has no self-worth. The books jumps right in with no back story or character make up. In the middle of the book there is some back history of O and it sort of sheds some light on why she goes along with her treatment. I made it to the end by skimming and found the ending lacking.