Story of O

by Pauline Reage

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

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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.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 240 Pages, 3.94 × 6.69 × 0.39 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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Story of O

Story of O

by Pauline Reage

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 240 Pages, 3.94 × 6.69 × 0.39 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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