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The Story of O
The Story of O
Author: Pauline Reage
ISBN: 18364
Pages: 201
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.

2.8 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Book-of-the-Month Club
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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jegka avatar reviewed The Story of O on + 162 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
I read this only because it was tagged 1001 to read before you die. I'm neither pro nor con on it. But BEWARE which version you buy. This is BS! My version, by Ballantine Books with the white dust jacket HAD NO LAST CHAPTER. It has TWENTY SEVEN pages of "notes" and preamble, most of it written by someone else and contained spoilers. But when I got to the last page there were just three italicized lines that said, "In the last chapter which has been SUPPRESSED," [he did this. Or the alternate ending in which she said this and he did this.]

If you order the Story of O, I recommend you ask if it has an "unsuppressed" last chapter.
reviewed The Story of O on + 6 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
The most powerful story I have ever read. This is not reading for anyone with issues about the world of dark passion and sexual torments. This is an ageless masterpiece of love and humiliation. Arthur.
reviewed The Story of O on + 69 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
A classic in BDSM erotica. Please know before ordering that this book deals heavily with adult themes such as sex, consensual slavery and power exchange.
reviewed The Story of O on + 67 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
A very serious read about total submission. The Story of O is about a woman, O, who wants nothing more than to be a slave to her lover. The test is severe--sexual in method, psychological in substance...
reviewed The Story of O on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This was a very intense book. It goes beyond a "romance" bdsm such as you would find with Ellora's Cave. O allowed herself to be subjected to extreme whippings with cat tails, riding crops, and straight whips. She had her vagina pierced, and chains with iron medalions with lovers initials on them hung from her . Walking become quite a feat. She also was branded on her buttocks like cattle. She was brought to this "club" where she was passed around and debased by the men. It was very sad for me to read this, because both men who allowed this both claimed to love her at one point, and she certainly them. If one chooses this lifestyle, fine. I just do not understand the horrid beatings, to where her welts were black, and the being used by other men sexually.
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This book was a classic erotica book. I had read it previously by got it for a friend to read. I found it very haunting but yet could not put it down.
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Enjoyed the first 50 pages or so; but then it gets very wordy and the story moves quite s l o w l y. After about midway, I gave up - disinterested in the characters anymore. I'm glad I gave this famous novel a try, but it just couldn't maintain my interest after the first section of the story was complete.
reviewed The Story of O on + 89 more book reviews
With a new translation, complete and unexpurgated.
reviewed The Story of O on + 58 more book reviews
A "must read" for those interested in BDSM. A very beautiful, erotic story.
reviewed The Story of O on + 15 more book reviews
A very interesting tale. Definately not your light, erotic read. It's good in a bad way.
Thursday-Next avatar reviewed The Story of O on + 12 more book reviews
very graphic S&M.
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I just finished this beautiful love story. Written way ahead of it's time, one will have to be open minded when reading this book. If you are in the lifestyle you will not have a problem with the ultimate gift "O" gives her lover. If you are not, I pray you learn from it, how wonderful alternative loving can be.
daredevilgirl013 avatar reviewed The Story of O on + 746 more book reviews
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.

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