Let's begin the Summer of Smut by reading the highly acclaimed, and highly controversial, novel "Story of O". Here's a small synopsis from storyofoinfo.com
Story of O is a small literary gem. It is also a dangerous book. It is a romance of violence written by a gentle French woman who for over forty years hid behind the name 'Pauline Reage'. It is a book which should come with a health warning... Story of O might seduce your heart. It might claim your soul. It could even change your life.
Originally published in France in 1954 by Jean-Jacques Pauvert, Histoire d'O relates the tale of a young Parisian fashion photographer, called O, and her willful debasement at the hands of her lover Rene and the members of a clandestine society dedicated to the pleasures of sadomasochism.
O is taken by Rene to a chateau 'Roissy' on the edge of Paris where she is systematically turned into a slave through sexual assaults, regular whippings, and long hours in solitude. Despite her harsh treatment, O grants permission beforehand for everything that occurs, and her permission is consistently sought.
**Please remember that there are two opportunities for discussion on this book. Please register for ONE only. If there is still space one week prior to the posted event you may feel free to join the alternate, as well.**