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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2002
The 'Story of O' fasinated, enthralled, disturbed and aroused me. I was hoping for more of the same. In 'Return to the Chateau' however, Reage seems to have abandoned O to the whims of the mostly absent Sir Stephen. He returns her to the place of her initiation, alone this time, to be prostituted and cry herself to sleep each night. I so wanted her devotion to be rewarded - but maybe a true submissive does not even hope for that? Is this the point Reage wants us to see? I'd make a terrible subbie I think.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2000
I first read 'The story of O' as a newwcomer to the S&M scene 5 years ago. In my opinion 'The Story of O' is one of the most beautiful and touching S&M stories i have read. The same cannot be said for 'The Story of O part II. The story lacks the depth and sincerity of Part I and is disjointed and confusing to say the least. After taking a mere 45 minutes to read cover to cover I was left with a 'what the hell was that all about' feeling. Uncomparable to Part I in every way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 2011
At the end of "Story of O" two distinct different endings are mentioned: One is, O receives permission to end her life, the other, that she returns to Roissy.

To me, it seems as though the author has had trouble with how to end the Story of O.

One should not advocate for suicide, especially not at the end of a fiction of this kind. On the other hand, how then, should it end ?

I like the 2. part for the attempt it makes at making a convincing end, only it fails to do that. I prefer to read Story of O as a story that has no end.

So read part two as an attempt, which the author chose, wisely, not to include in the outstanding work: Story of O. Nothing more.

One final point, which it took me 10 years to realise.
The title: Story of O in french is: Histoire D'O. Fine, but now try pronounce this:
Histoire D'Eau. The history of water. Even the title is a clue. :-) Water cannot, and has no, end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 1999
Whether you find The Story of O erotic will depend entirely on your tastes - but for the reader who finds the idea of S&M pleasureable, this book feeds the imagination well.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2000
I thought this excellent, and like the original - there is an emotional intensity here. It continues the tale - with O prostituted for money now and then abandoned after her lover murders someone. A serious tale with none of the airhead fluffiness of much modern erotic fiction.
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At the very start of this book is a note from the author: "The pages that follow are a sequel to 'The Story of O'. They deliberately suggest the degradation of that work,and cannot under any circumstances be integrated into it. P.R."
I read the reviews for this book with interest before buying it, and having now finished it, I'm drawn back to the comment she herself made at the start. I believe if she had still been alive to read these more negative reviews (disappointed, etc),she would be smiling since they sum up precisely what she seemed to intend. I wonder if she felt compelled to write the sequel by enduring countless pleas from people - once it was known who she really was - to know what would have happened to 'O' following the ending of her original story. Since that was written/published in 1954, (incidentally the year I was born!)it seems she waited about 30 years to write this one. I'm sorry that it seems to have been her intention to disappoint her readers especially those who really enjoyed or liked her first book, and I am one of them, but as to her reasons I wish before she had died, she had explained them in an interview or article that could be read now, and possibly answer some of the questions we all no doubt have! I too would have liked a happy ending with O not having to endure any more whippings on a daily basis, but Anne Marie's statement that O was now FREE of Sir Stephen, and could indeed leave Roissy and never return, (if that's what she wanted), or stay and be looked after - (on her own terms?) I would have liked to know what she would have chosen. Perhaps that was up to us to decide, both having got to know O and in asking ourselves what we would do in her place. All in all, I found that ending very thought provoking and clever on the author's part. Whatever your feelings about the book, I liked it very much and would recommend it as a very good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2013
This in no way compares to the "Story of O". It even makes 50 shades of Grey look good in comparison. To be honest if you are looking for a follow on to "O" don't bother. There is none of the tension, none of the bewilderment at her behaviour, none of the sheer eroticism, just a few expensive pages (and not many at that) of a confused story, my wife could have written better and she writes children's stories
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on 18 December 2014
This is a book about submission. You could compare the devotion of O to her lover to that of a saint to God. It opens with a piece about the circumstances in which it was written which is sad, romantic, erotic and well-written enough to justify a place in the literary canon on its own. The rest of the book completes the journey of O's love affair with Sir Steven and is written in the same understated hallucinatory style as its predecessor. If anything, I like it better than the first book. It is sadder and more day to day. It shocks less and resonates more.
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on 27 April 2014
I was told about this book decades ago, and with all the fuss about 50 Shades of Grey and some very negative comments about this book, as well as being told something of the contents, I feel that the Story of O must have been the creative force behind it.
So I decided to read the book as well as this Part 2. Although shocking content, it was very well written and would recommend this very adult content book. I think it is too good to be called porn.
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on 16 December 2012
i had to read the second book even after the reviews on it wasnt the best to see what happened next but was very dissapointed with the writing wasnt up to much felt like it had just been rushed just to end it some how, but loved the first book xxxxxx
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