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Publisher's Summary

O is a young, beautiful fashion photographer in Paris. One day her lover, René, takes her to a château, where she is enslaved, with René's approval, and systematically sexually assaulted by various other men. Later, René turns O over to Sir Stephen, an English friend who intensifies the brutality. But the final humiliation is yet to come.
©1965 Grove Press, Inc. (P)2012 Tantor
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"A rare thing, a pornographic book well written and without a trace of obscenity." (Graham Greene)
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By Justagirl on 10-15-12

This is not 50 Shades

I enjoyed this book when I read it in college, I enjoyed it even more a few years ago. This is classic literature, it is dark, and naughty and hot....but it is literature..not beach trash. There is nothing light or whisical about it.

The story is prefaced with a number of forwards, and literary studies on the work which I found fascinating.

The story was originally published in 1954 as Histoire d'O. It was penned entirely in french and some may find the "translation" difficult. The writer, Anne Desclos a french author and journalist, wrote the book because her editor said no woman could write erotica. She did not reveal herself as the author until 40 years later.

I enjoyed the audible edition, and truly appreciated the forwards, but it will not be for everyone.



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By Akeyshia on 11-24-14

Oh O!

Would you listen to Story of O again? Why?

Definitely, the story of O is a complex one but well worth the listen and read! I do recommend going in with an open mind and trying your best to not form an opinion until the very end. This story seems like one that helps you further develop your thoughts of the story, characters,and concepts with every additional read.

What other book might you compare Story of O to and why?

As so elegantly stated in the introduction, this was the first erotica book written by a women! The better question is what books would I compare to O. The whole idea of the possession can be seen as an extreme version of the Crossfire novels. To be noted, there are plenty of differences between the Crossfire and O but if open to see it, you can also find similarities.

Which scene was your favorite?

An unforgettable part in the book was the branding of Sir Steven's name on O, and the way they attached the leash for the ball.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

In the beginning I was very offended and at times upset but once O explained herself and her feeling and reasons my reaction turned to respect. Not respect in what she allowed to happen to her, but in respect in knowing what she liked and wanted and not apologizing for it.

Any additional comments?

I truly loved the book. There are difficult parts and down right things I would never fully digest, but the story is well written, I only wish I could have enjoyed it in french.

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