Fifty Shades Of Grey: Book One Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy

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Fifty Shades Of Grey: Book One Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy

by E L James

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | April 3, 2012 | Trade Paperback

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SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana's quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too-but on his own terms.
 
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey's singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success-his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family-Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey's secrets and explores her own dark desires.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 528 pages, 3.13 × 2.02 × 0.34 in

Published: April 3, 2012

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345803485

ISBN - 13: 9780345803481

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Fifty Shades Of Grey: Book One Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy

by E L James

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 528 pages, 3.13 × 2.02 × 0.34 in

Published: April 3, 2012

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345803485

ISBN - 13: 9780345803481

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CHAPTER ONE   I scowl with frustration at myself in the mirror. Damn my hair—it just won’t behave, and damn Katherine Kavanagh for being ill and subjecting me to this ordeal. I should be studying for my final exams, which are next week, yet here I am trying to brush my hair into submission. I must not sleep with it wet. I must not sleep with it wet. Reciting this mantra several times, I attempt, once more, to bring it under control with the brush. I roll my eyes in exasperation and gaze at the pale, brown-haired girl with blue eyes too big for her face staring back at me, and give up. My only option is to restrain my wayward hair in a ponytail and hope that I look semi-presentable.   Kate is my roommate, and she has chosen today of all days to succumb to the flu. Therefore, she cannot attend the interview she’d arranged to do, with some mega-industrialist tycoon I’ve never heard of, for the student newspaper. So I have been volunteered. I have final exams to cram for and one essay to finish, and I’m supposed to be working this afternoon, but no—today I have to drive 165 miles to downtown Seattle in order to meet the enigmatic CEO of Grey Enterprises Holdings, Inc. As an exceptional entrepreneur and major benefactor of our university, his time is extraordinarily precious—much more precious than mine—but he has granted Kate an interview. A real coup, she tells me. Damn her extracurricular activities.   Kate is huddl
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SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana's quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too-but on his own terms.
 
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey's singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success-his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family-Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey's secrets and explores her own dark desires.

This book is intended for mature audiences.

About the Author

E L James is a former TV executive, wife and mother of two based in West London. Since early childhood she dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and her career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.

Editorial Reviews

A GoodReads Choice Awards Finalist for Best Romance

"In a class by itself." 
-Entertainment Weekly

Bookclub Guide

1. The voice of Ana's "inner goddess" is a distinct presence throughout the novel. Does it have a positive or negative influence on Ana? Is the inner goddess simply her subconscious? Or does it represent something else? Does every woman have an inner goddess?

2.  How important is music in Fifty Shades of Grey? What does Christian's appreciation of music-for all genres-say about him? [Visit 50Shades.com for playlists created by the author and inspired by the Fifty Shades trilogy.]

3. When they first meet, Christian tells Ana that he follows a guiding principal from Andrew Carnegie: "A man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled." What insight does this provide into his character? And does it foreshadow events in the novel?

4. Is Ana's relationship with Christian empowering? Do you think it's in any way demeaning?

5.  If you've read Tess of the d'Urbervilles, how does Ana's story parallel Tess's? Ana describes Tess as a woman "in the wrong place at the wrong time in the wrong century." Is Ana able to exert more control over her own life and act as an independent woman in ways that Tess could not?

6. What is the basis of Ana's attraction to Christian? Is there an allure in the fact that beneath his ultra-confident exterior Christian is a damaged and vulnerable soul? Is Ana motivated by a desire to "fix" him or save him from his personal demons? Have you ever been in a relationship like this?

7. Why do you think this story has captivated so many readers? Is it the fairy tale aspect of the story? Do women really just want a man who will sweep them off their feet and take control in the bedroom? If you agree, why do you think that's true?

8. Would you ever sign a contract like the one Christian presents to Ana?

9. Is Ana's innocence and naiveté believable? Is Christian just a fictitious ideal with his perfect body ("the Adonis, divinely formed"), intelligence, and sexual prowess? How does José compare? What archetype does he represent? What about Elliott?

10. What do you think of the ending? Does Ana stand up for herself? Is the situation they find themselves in-where Ana realizes she can't give Christian what he needs and he admits he can't love her the way she wants-something you can relate to?

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