Story of O: Return to the Chateau

Story of O: Return to the Chateau

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by Pauline Reage
     
 

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ISBN-13:
9780394176581
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/1980
Series:
A Black Cat Book
Pages:
158

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The Story of O 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 120 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The spelling errors, editing errors and dropped paragraphs spoiled this digital version. The last pages are missing. Are the nook books even reviewed after scanning them in? The frequent errors took away from my reading enjoyment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't understand why reviewers are calling this sexual abuse, rape etc. The book describes a lifestyle that is not led by most. The situation we find O in, is very extraordinary. However we all need to keep in mind that the acts committed are done by consenting adults. Who are we to judge and criticize her actions?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very heavy handed erotic tale. It's not all fun and games, but I guess that is the point. I would go as far to say that it might not be for everyone out there in that it is very serious and hard-hitting--literally. Having said that, let me say that it is a classic for a reason and if you want to give it a try, to for it. It is like no other I've ever read and for that it gets five stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unlike many recent S/M novels that overtly describe the 'scenes', Story of O gets both into what happens to O and how it effects her. This novel, originally written by a woman for her lover, is excellent both as a work of literature and an intoxicating erotic novel. Highly recommended to those who are not bashful about sex/sexuality.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Poor O. All she wants is to be loved, first by Rene, then by Sir Stephen, and finally by Jacqueline. She's willing to under go quite a bit (humiliations, rape, beatings, genital piercing, and branding) for this love. Is she ever really loved? It's hard to say. True, she's desired and sexually used a lot, but all of her so called lovers seem to remain aloof and demonstrate their feelings towards O by ever harsher punishments. I can imagine her thinking while tied spread eagled on the raised dias where she was flogged: 'Does he really love me?' Admittedly, it's hard not to be turned on by all of O's adventures, but it's a hard book to classify - classy porn or love story? This Story of O might be a love story, but it's a pretty grim one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For anyone who read the sleeping beauty books from ann rice, expect the less romantisized story of master and mistress. O's point of view is cold and more than a little desperate. But its another way of looking at what it means to be willingly dominated. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this many years ago and thought it was thrilling. I had never read anything like it at that time. I thought it was a beautiful but sad story. Now, after reading 50 Shades of Gray, I bought this book and read it again. I have to say, 50 Shades of Gray doesn't even compare. This is a classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tend to agree with those who were disappointed. Having finally read it after hearing so much about it, the letdown was probably inevitable. There are so many modern imitations of this book that are more explicity graphic, so you're left with the "that's it?" impression. When you start with Reese Gabriel & N.T. Morley, a work like this just won't have quite the same punch. Still, it's one of the finest pieces of erotica you'll ever read from a literary standpoint and O is a compelling and enigmatic character, and a tragic one at that. It's $2.99. Read it because it's the seminal work of bdsm erotica.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are not into erotica....dont read this book. I was expecting something like the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A. N. Roquelaure/ Anne Rice, but it was totally different. Not a love story!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PLEASE don't go into this story expecting 50 Shades! "O" is one of the originals that left us all in pursuit of its equal. Written decades ago, it still stands alone. Fifty Shades is Disney in comparison. This reader is still searching for "O" 's rival...
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Story of O is one of those books that just about everyone who is interested in SM has read at one time or another. Many of us have read it numerous times. It is a very rich portrayal of one woman's fantasy of how a deeply intense SM relationship might play itself out, and it deals with the eternal issue of sacrificing oneself to please your lover. I've read it several times and it still makes me hot. The one thing to keep in mind about this book is that it is fiction, not a how_to_do_SM book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I sat down with The Story of O with the idea of enjoying some erotic fiction, especially after the light mommy porn that 50 Shades and Bared To Me provided me. And even as far left field the Sleeping Beauty trilogy by Anne Rice was, I enjoyed it (a little blushed) but it was well written. However, I, like the others, felt The Story of O was borderline rape and what creeps must do to the women (young and old) in the sex traffic business. I could only stomach so many pages, trying to give it the benefit of the doubt, before I turned it away. I felt grimy and disgusted. This wasn't about doms enjoying the pain/pleasure of their subs; it was about doms strictly enjoying the pain/torment of their subs, especially with more than one master. I felt the pain, humiliation and the abuse within the first few pages that I wanted to rescue "O" from the monsters she was decieved by. Classic, cult fiction or extreme BDSM, I think I'll pass, thank you. If you are looking for BDSM-style reading, then I would suggest The Story of X by A.J. Molloy in addition to a few other authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is clearly a book of the lifestyle.No where near Shades of grey!Please stop comparing the two,its an insult to the lifestyle and to this Author. This stuff does happen,and not for the faint of hearts. Other than that... want a good alt book to digest...? Here you go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All BDSM stories are diffrent as are the people who live the lifestyle. All relationships with the lifestyle are unique. Read a few softer, single couples story of the lifestyle before moving into this very intense book. O is both strong in her needs and submissive to her master. Renes' giving of her to Stephen was not totally unexpected, but it's was best for her since he couldn't use her as she needed to be. My biggest diappointment was how Stephen totally claimed her & marked her as his own, yet abandoned her. How selfish & irisponsible could a Dom get! Having her so trained, it was his resonsibility to see to her continued submisivness to someone else, before he left her. He should have only tatooed her, so it could be altered by another Dom. Instead he left her empty of the direction she needed, how just plain lazy. He shouldn't every be allowed another sub! Giving her to Anne-Marie would have been the resposible thing to do. O could have become her apprentice, so the story of O could continue for the next generation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author wrote this story as love letters to her lover... hard to figure out how that fits with the dark violence of the story. However, in comparison to a book like Fifty Shades, The Story of O illustrates the true emotional changes that occur when someone is a submissive. O wanted to be loved but was also afraid of the freedom that love gave her... she found pleasure in giving pleasure to others, case in point Jacquline. I have to complain that the editing errors and missing parts made it difficult to enjoy but the story itself is wonderful and full of symbolism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing! I loved it! You must understand the lifestyle to appreciate the book.
Youreign More than 1 year ago
This book was not for me. Really strong in BDSM.
Katie7 More than 1 year ago
not only sexual, but psychological. it's artistic, harsh, and literary.
thatdenicechic More than 1 year ago
Before there were 'Shades of Gray', there was this little gem of a story....erotic and tense and just a little bit scandalous. Without this to pave the way, there would be no shades of gray.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say that this book was so very disappointing. I usually finish a GOOD book in a day. I just couldn't get into it. I kept finding myself putting the book down and struggled to finish it only because I had already purchased it. Pleasure enhanced by pain and total submission is one thing, but what was going on in this story? It was just pain, pain, and you guessed it, more PAIN, both physical and emotional.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To say that this story is disturbing is a complete understatement. I was appalled at the story matter for this book. More appalled at the way it was treated. I believe that I come out a better person knowing that this book is a work of fiction that of reality. I don't understand how a lover can turn his love over to other men out of 'love', but I guess that it can happen. However, I am recommending this book to others highly. I would recommend to the reader not to read the prefaces first, but go right to the story and start. I think that once you start, you will be unable to put it down. Then, when you finish, go to the prefaces for more information. I would also recommend finding a friend (preferrably from the opposite sex) to read this book and then have a discussion. This may answer some quesitons about O for you. I think that this book is a read for all adults. It is a shame that most libraries don't carry this one.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I found that everything about O's story is tasteful and convays emotional transformation in a fascinating way.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw the movie in the 70's. I just started reading the book today and can already tell that it is so much better! I tried to leave more stars but was unable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago