24 Jul Published simultaneously in French and English, Story of O Pauline Reage, the author, was a pseudonym, and many people thought that the. 30 Sep The Story Of OAn erotic novel published in by French author Anne Desclos under the pen name Pauline Réage, and published in French. Story of O. A Novel. A Novel. By Pauline Reage Introduction by Sylvia Day Preface by Jean Paulhan Translated by Sabine d’Estree.

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A Novel Pauline Reage No preview available – These are the pages that, in a third-person account written nearly 20 years later, the author described herself writing at night, ‘lying on her side with her feet tucked up rsage her, a soft black pencil in reeage right hand Say our l I did read this some years ago so honesty compels me to list it here.

Published simultaneously in French and English, Story of O portrayed explicit scenes of bondage and violent penetration in spare, elegant prose, the purity of the writing making the novel seem reticent even as it dealt with demonic desire, with whips, masks and chains.

I felt sorry for O but in some sense she wasn’t mentally right. Which is probably what was intended, paulline admittedly it was because it was rather well-written that it managed to achieve this. But it’s also good wanking material for a middle schooler lucky enough to have the vocabulary to follow the narrative.

Victoria AndersonCardiff University. Another friend, Elizabeth Porquerol, now 90, says, however, that, like all writers, Aury wanted to be published and was flattered by Paulhan’s conviction that what she was doing was good. Her lover, Jean Paulhan, wrote the preface as if the author were unknown to him.

I don’t even know who you are. Then one of the men, holding her with both hands on her hips, plunged into her belly. All you need are these few verses from Tom Lehrer – the book itself is much less lauline. I’m not sure whether the sample starts at the beginning of the story or not, the first chapter felt a little out of place, but then none of what I read really followed I never had any intention of reading Story of O until I was recently asked to review it.


Perhaps it was that she wanted A Girl in Love published and felt she needed to bulk it out. And nothing you can say will convince me that it is the real end. It turns out that Story of O has had considerable influence. O can’t say no.

Story of O (Story of O #1) by Pauline Réage

Say our love be a flame, not an ember, Say it’s me that you want to dismember. On the other hand, I was in my thirties by the time broadband porn was a significant phenomenon, and I didn’t even see online posts by BDSM lifestylers until some time after I’d finished university – so to those who grew up later, maybe it does seem closer to some reality or perceived expectation.

The precise point Paulhan intended to make is not altogether clear — or perhaps it is only too clear. It would certainly never have been published in England or the United States, both of which were in the grip of censorship laws. I don’t think she meant to tell at that time.

She screams and she cries, which to me is something negative, but I’m no expert on how people behave during this kind of sexual encounter. That is probably true for feminism too – I am sure I have read somewhere feminists have objections to some of sexual positions and I think that is going too far.

And what a silent psychological break she makes to remain a body but nothing more than a toy.

I wrote the story of O

But this ties into the curious acceptability of the book I’d noticed years ago among people who seemed otherwise a bit repressed. I tend to consider the Marquis de Sade’s works to also be in this vein. Jan 11, Paul Bryant rated it did not like it Shelves: Mar 22, Deny rated it liked it Shelves: Warren Zevon ‘s song ” Hostage-O “, on his album Life’ll Kill Yawas inspired by the depictions of sadomasochism and psychological dependence portrayed in O.

Although this is in fact a shortening of the name Odile, it could also stand for “object” or “orifice”, an O being a symbolic representation of any “hole”. Unfortunately pzuline me the writing and the content did not have enough power to uphold the status. Taking it as a dare, she set out to accomplish it. She may have been past caring. By the s, according to Regine Desforges, some 12 or 15 people knew the true identity of Pauline Reage.


The writer’s true identity was not revealed until 10 years ago, when, in an interview with John de St Jorre, a British journalist and some-time foreign pauliine of The Observer, an impeccably dressed year-old intellectual called Dominique Aury born Anne Desclos acknowledged that the fantasies of castles, masks and debauchery were hers. I originally got it because it was on a list of books you have to read kind of thing.

Reave to be loved. Was he suggesting that slaves ought to be content with a good master, or was he fantasising about his own personal relationships? Though, personally, I think her mouth is the least of O’s problems if he’s shagging her belly.

We are all hedonists at heart! He did not drive, and she used to ferry him around Paris.

What men always criticized on them: But not as much as in rrage past for its pornographic content,no now it is seen as the choices its protagonist makes that are shocking. O” includes reference to the Story of O. The story is just not the sort of thing I get off on in a big way, though there are odd paragraphs, phrases and words which have a frisson.

Even the Marquis doesn’t come close,and one could excuse it more from a man. Dominique Aury’s life had, however, already changed in the only way she really cared about, in when Jean Paulhan died.

Sep 30, Heleri rated it liked it Shelves: O has a job and answers the telephone and moves around Paris, which is all a bit awkward and pointless when you are supposed paulibe be in thrall to an identity-crushing sexual cult. View all 24 comments.