Discuss "Story of O" by Pauline Reage (Option #1)

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.**

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  • Thea

    I have procured an outside table in the shade. See you all soon.

    June 15

  • Thea

    I have just sent a notice out that i have had to change the venue for tomorrow's meet-up. We will now convene at the Royal Oak at 188 Bank Street. See you all then.

    June 14

  • Al

    I will not have time to even consider the book by the due dates, sadly. I've seen the movie a couple of times, though. :)

    June 7

    • Al

      It's true that it would be a good way to meet the group. I'll check the bus schedule and see what it's like on Preston on Sundays and go from there. :)

      June 8

    • Al

      Sorry, Thea. I won't be able to make it tomorrow. I'm in the middle of painting and I have to be done by Monday. Will try to make next Sunday's. :)

      June 14

  • tres

    Im sorry, I forgot about Fathers Day....Im cooking hahahah

    1 · June 8

  • A former member
    A former member

    Won't be able to make either day for this month :-(

    June 1

    • Thea

      Yeah... that blows. :( Hope I get to see you soon.

      June 2

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah! Hopefully soon!

      June 2

  • Dominique

    Sorry cant make it, I should really spend time with my dad on Father`s Day.

    June 1

    • Thea

      Have fun with your dad. You'll be missed. :(

      June 2

  • tres

    There is also a movie/series and I would be happy to hostess a viewing if we wanted to have a discussion of book vrs visual interpretation

    1 · May 27

    • Thea

      I have the movie, Tres, and was considering the same thing. I'm just trying to figure out the logistics of it all. Thanks for the suggestion and the offer to host. I'll let you know. (And I'm so happy you're coming!)

      2 · May 27

  • MikeJB

    I'll be busy with Fathers Day commitments on this day but will be at the second meeting next week for sure.

    May 27

    • Thea

      Oops... forgot all about Father's Day. I'm glad there's an alternative. :)

      May 27

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