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Ordeal

Ordeal

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by Linda Lovelace
     
 

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GOOD GIRL.

OBEDIENT WIFE.

PORN SLAVE.

DEEP THROAT WAS ONLY THE BEGINNING.

Linda Boreman was just twenty-one when she met Chuck Traynor, the man who would change her life. Less than two years later, the girl who wouldn't let her high school dates get past first base was catapulted to fame she could never have imagined in her wildest dreams-or worst nightmares.

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GOOD GIRL.

OBEDIENT WIFE.

PORN SLAVE.

DEEP THROAT WAS ONLY THE BEGINNING.

Linda Boreman was just twenty-one when she met Chuck Traynor, the man who would change her life. Less than two years later, the girl who wouldn't let her high school dates get past first base was catapulted to fame she could never have imagined in her wildest dreams-or worst nightmares. Linda Boreman of Yonkers, New York, had become Linda Lovelace, international adult film superstar. The unprecedented success of Deep Throat made porn popular with the mainstream and made Lovelace a household name. But nobody, from the A-list celebrities who touted the movie to the audiences that lined up to see it, knew the truth about what went on behind the scenes.

Enslaved by the man who would eventually force her into marriage so that he could control her completely, Linda was beaten savagely with regularity, hypnotized, and raped. She was threatened with disfigurement and death. She was terrorized into prostitution at gun and knifepoint. She was forced to perform unspeakable perversions on film. She made Deep Throat under unimaginable duress.

Years later, Linda would come out of hiding to relate her side of the story-a modern horror tale of humiliation, betrayal, and violence that would rock the porn industry and put its teller in fear for her life...

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ISBN-13:
9780425047491
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/1981
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Ordeal 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So sad I of course had heard, vaguely, of the movie Deepthroat, but I had no idea that Linda Lovelace made that and other movies as a prisoner of her cruel, abusive "husband", Chuck Traynor. While reading this book I repeatedly wanted to jump into the story and save her from all of the horrible atrocities committed against her. Though Linda Lovelace has been gone for some time now, many women alive today are in a situation where they are made to do unspeakable things and risk their lives if they try to save themselves. It may not always be related to the porn industry specifically; sex trafficking is alive and well across the world. This book is difficult and sad to read, but it has made me think more about the reality that many women and children are under bondage with no one to advocate for them.
Doodlebug4444 More than 1 year ago
5 out of 5 for this reader folks! How does one even begin to review a book like this? I think this had to be the saddest, most emotional biography book I have ever read. I felt physically ill at certain times through this book at the abuse this woman went through. To come out, and live somewhat a normal life as she did and to be brave enough to put these words out there for people to read renders me speechless. This is the biography of Linda Lovelace. Linda's pornography film "Deepthroat" was the beginning of mainstream pornography that we have in today's society. The movie Lovelace, recently released, prompted me to research this woman as I had heard bits and pieces before but never the whole story. Linda had a tormented life. She grew up with an overbearing, cold mother who I believe was the beginning of Linda's downfall (although in all honesty her mother really believed she was protecting her daughter). Linda became pregnant at an early age and was forced to give the baby up for adoption. Trying to get out from under her mother's thumb, she meets Chuck Traynor and is convinced he is her ticket out. Chuck abuses Linda throughout their entire relationship. He controls her, manipulates her, threatens her, beats her (you can see the bruises on film), scares her and uses her as a cash cow. He also teaches her how to "Deepthroat" which is what is sold as her talent to the pornography business and is what makes her "unique and special". Some of the scenarios described in this book are unbelievable ranging from sex with animals, gangbang, severe BDSM play and prostituted out. She essentially was Chuck's pet who was trained to respond the way he wanted her too. Linda never received ANY money for the 600 million dollars that "Deepthroat" made. She fought to get away from Chuck many times, and finally was successful. Before her death, she did get to live a somewhat normal life, married to a good man who was a provider and she also became an activist against pornography. There is a video interview out there that really struck me hard .. she pretty much says, those that watched "Deepthroat" watched my rape over and over again! That brought tears to my eyes! I am not going to comment on the writing or content of this book .. I was so captivated and horrified by her story that to be honest, I cannot even remember what the structure was like .. maybe that's the sign of a good story .. I don't know! Do not read this book if you are easily offended. This is a descriptive read and certainly not for the light hearted. I do hope wherever Linda's soul is now, she is at peace. She certainly deserves it!
voyager8 More than 1 year ago
I have read many memoirs and thought I could handle anything but this one packed such an unexpected punch I had no idea. It will change your views on things such as porn and the way women are treated in society. I didn't expect to be so devastated and it haunted me for weeks afterwards. My hert is broken for this poor woman and her repution has never been righted. Thru this book you can hear her pain. Well written, engaging.. it cannot be put down till every word has been read but warning, it's brutal.
Maithez More than 1 year ago
I found this book a very empowering form of literature for myself, because in some type of way I found myself able to relate to situations that Linda Lovelace had to deal with. I find her to be a very strong and independent woman that learned to survive; this book brought peace to my mind knowing that even though she suffered she was able to overcome her ordeal.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have no words to even describe this book. Except, pure honesty. I hope chuck gets a great deal of karma, scum ball. Out of all the memoirs I have read, this one by far takes the cake. I am buying the sequel!
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Truly a heart-wrenching tale. As a woman who works with domestic violence victims, this is great book to read to really see what its like in the life of a victim of domestic violence. It would help people understand how easy it is to become isolated and how hard it is to escape.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope Lindas kids read this book and understand what an amazing women their mother was. All young girls should read this book because you will find a Chuck in 1 out of every 3 men you run across.
FlounderPF More than 1 year ago
Sad but true story. I hope that this no longer happens
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I'll take her account at face value. It's probably true and even leaves out the worst stories she could tell. Sanitized for acceptable reading.
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Sad story