The Story of O relates the progressive willful debasement of a young and beautiful Parisian fashion photographer, O, who wants nothing more than to be a slave to her lover, René. The test is severe—sexual in method, psychological in substance… The artistic interest here has precisely to do with the use not only of erotic materials but also erotic methods, the deliberate stimulation of the reader as a part of and means to a total, authentic literary experience.
—Eliot Fremont-Smith, The New York Times
Story of O is a tale of female submission involving a beautiful Parisian fashion photographer named O, who is taught to be constantly available for oral, vaginal, and anal intercourse, offering herself to any male who belongs to the same secret society as her lover. She is regularly stripped, blindfolded, chained and whipped; her anus is widened by increasingly large plugs; her labium is pierced and her buttocks are branded. The full description of the book can be found at this link on wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Story_of_O
I’ve heard about this book forever but never read or listened to it, but while I was down with my cold I found the audio version on Overdrive so I listened to it in bed. I also read the book a day or so later.
It is VERY explicit and graphic and you can’t help but feel sorry for O but the thing is-she doesn’t mind the treatment, in fact she likes it and thrives on it. Sad, very sad. After I had finished the book I just had to sit and collect myself and then quickly got up to do a mundane task just to restore normalcy in my mind.
There are clips of the movie on You Tube and they are graphic also, so beware.