Story of O

by Pauline Reage

Random House Publishing Group | May 12, 1981 | Mass Market Paperbound

Story of O is rated 3 out of 5 by 4.
The classic erotic novel, THE STORY OF O relates the love of a beautiful Parisian fashion photographer for Rene. As part of that intense love, she demands debasement and severe sexual and pychological tests. It is a unique work not to be missed.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 240 pages, 6.88 × 4.14 × 0.64 in

Published: May 12, 1981

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345301110

ISBN - 13: 9780345301116

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting read The Story of O is a beautifully written novel and does have some themes in it that are disturbing and unfathomable to the modern woman. While reading it I can see why O did what she did, but then again it makes you wonder is this person whom she loves is worth being degraded and treated like a piece of chattle. I do recommend it for those who like reading classic literature and enjoy some forms of eroticism, but if you have strong feelings towards the treatment of women in sexual situations and the lengths that one would go to show their love for another than I would caution you before diving in head first.
Date published: 2012-08-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Scandalous Bit of Erotica...... .........that would be titilating, if it weren't so misogynistic. I don't know that this was even meant to be an erotic novel, so much as just a story about a woman who subjects herself to unimaginable degradation. Pauline Reage, the mysterious author, wrote under a psudonym, but most agree a woman wrote this, and some think she was writing her own life story. This is about a woman known only as "O", who, in an attempt to prove her love, agrees to become her lover's "property", and do whatever he wants. He takes her to a place to be trained as a slave. She is robbed of all dignity. She is whipped mercelessly. She is raped continuously, mostly anally. It is not pleasurable for her. Then her lover "gives" her to the mysterious Sir Stephen. Sir Stephen whips O on a daily basis, has sex with her only anally, and makes sure she never enjoys it. She is his thing to be possessed. This novel is very well written, and does explore themes of why O, or any woman, would subject herself to such a life, but this is a small part of the book. We get no relief from O's journey deeper and deeper into this slave world. It is far from an uplifting tale. I think I would classify it as a tragedy, more so than an erotic novel.
Date published: 2012-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Story of O is a classic piece of brilliant literature. It is tastefully written but exploits the life of one main character the reader knows only as "O". A must-read for any true Erotica fan.
Date published: 2012-01-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Sade I have issues with this book. For one thing, it's very hard to read. By that I mean it's kind of all over the place and the descriptions of 'acts' don't go in depth enough to really understand what is happening. Erotic stories are supposed to be packed with descriptions. Secondly, reviewers and critics say this stands with Sade's works. To me, it doesn't even deserve to be in the same genre as his works. Sade writes simply and very, very bluntly so you know exactly what is going on. He also gives power to the women in most of his works. This leads me to my third complaint about the book. It's a 'slave' book. A book where power isn't given to both sexes. Anne Rice writes the same way in her erotic novels and I'm not a fan of those books either. I'm not trying to be 'feminist' about things but there's a fine line between S&M 'play' and abuse. And, maybe due to the lack of an actual story and description of things, this story is heading towards the abusive side of things. I just don't like the story. Maybe someone else will but for now, I'll stick to Sade.
Date published: 2011-04-27

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Story of O

by Pauline Reage

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 240 pages, 6.88 × 4.14 × 0.64 in

Published: May 12, 1981

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345301110

ISBN - 13: 9780345301116

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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 Park, the Monceau Park. After they have taken a stroll in the park and have sat together side by side on the edge of a lawn, they notice, at one corner of the park, at an intersection where there are never any taxis, a car which, because of its meter, resembles a taxi. "Get in," he says. She gets in. It is autumn, and coming up to dusk. She is dressed as she always is: high heels, a suit with a pleated skirt, a silk blouse, and no hat. But long gloves which come up over the sleeves of her jacket, and in her leather handbag she has her identification papers, her compact, and her lipstick. The taxi moves off slowly, the man still not having said a word to the driver. But he pulls down the shades of the windows on both sides of the car, and the shade on the back window. She has taken off her gloves, thinking he wants to kiss her or that he wants her to caress him. But instead he says: "Your bag''s in your way; let me have it." She gives it to him. He puts it out of her reach and adds: "You also have on too many clothes. Unfasten your stockings and roll them down to above your knees. Here are some garters." By now the taxi has picked up speed, and she has some trouble managing it; she''s also afraid the driver may turn around. Finally, though, the stockings are rolled down, and she''s embarrassed to feel her legs naked and free beneath her silk slip. Besides, t
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The classic erotic novel, THE STORY OF O relates the love of a beautiful Parisian fashion photographer for Rene. As part of that intense love, she demands debasement and severe sexual and pychological tests. It is a unique work not to be missed.

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The classic erotic novel, THE STORY OF O relates the love of a beautiful Parisian fashion photographer for Rene. As part of that intense love, she demands debasement and severe sexual and pychological tests. It is a unique work not to be missed.

About the Author

Pauline Réage was a pseudonym for an editor at the prestigious NRF Review in Paris, whose editor in chief was her lover. She died in 1998.

From Our Editors

The danger with erotic writing is that readers too often ignore the literary value and focus on the immediate, pleasurable value of the tale. While it's nice to be enjoyed, a lot of erotica says a lot more about our society and values than more overt forms of fiction. Pauline Reage's The Story of O is one of those tales that gives pleasure but also has an undercurrent of social commentary. The sadistic love between a ravishing Paris fashion photographer, O, and Rene is a cutting examination of the shackles of society's expectations. Only here, those shackles are represented in a tangible, literal form that makes it hard to ignore their binding and freedom-robbing qualities.
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