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Captive of Gor (Gorean Saga) Paperback – 30 Jun 2007

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  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: (30 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0759201056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759201057
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,444,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Norman, born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1931, is the creator of the Gorean Saga, the longest-running series of adventure novels in science fiction history. Starting inDecember 1966 with"Tarnsman of Gor," the series was put on hold after its twenty-fifth installment, "Magicians of Gor," in 1988, when DAW refused to publish its successor, "Witness of Gor." After several unsuccessful attempts to find a trade publishing outlet, the series was brought back into print in 2001. Norman has also produced a separate science fiction series, the Telnarian Histories, plus two other fiction works ("Ghost Dance"and"Time Slave"), a nonfiction paperback ("Imaginative Sex"), and a collection of thirty short stories, entitled"Norman Invasions.""The Totems of Abydos"was published in spring 2012. All of Norman s work is available both in print and as ebooks. The Internet has proven to be a fertile ground for the imagination of Norman s ever-growing fan base, and at Gor Chronicles(, a website specially created for his tremendous fan following, onemay read everything there is to knowabout this unique fictional culture. Norman is married and has three children." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
For those of you who already know of the Gor series, this is one of the must have texts.
It focuses from beginning to end on the experiences of one earth girl - Eleanor.
Starting with the typically Gorean-Style abduction from Earth, Eleanor rebels and manipulates in an attempt to resist the usual fate for an Earth girl on Gor.
This particular book is the closest to romance it gets - Rask of Treve is the match she eventually meets.
In his way, and rather unlike most Gorean males, he in turn demonstrates his love for her towards the last part of the book.
However reader is left in no doubt that this is not the relationship of free companions.
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By A Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 13 Jan. 2003
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"Captive of Gor," the 7th volume in John Norman's Chronicles of Counter-Earth, was the first book in the series that I did not really enjoy. The reason was not because this is the first volume to be devoted primarily to Norman's Gorean philosophy of slavery as the natural condition of women, but simply because Tarl Cabot (or Bosk of Port Kar as he is currently known in the series) is not the main character in this novel. In "Captive of Gor" we are introduced to Elinor Brinton, who was a wealthy and powerful woman on Earth, but who is brought to Gor and made a plesure slave in the service of the slave merchant Targo. In other words, we have a modern "liberated" woman put into a condition of slavery where she is forced to learn the arts of providing pleasure to any man who purchases her for the night. The conflict between the Priest-Kings and the Others is behind Elinor's abduction, but that is ultimately a minor point in this 1972 novel. Norman tells essentially the same story in "Slave Girl of Gor" (1977) and "Kajira of Gor" (1983); for that matter, the story of Elinor Brinton is not that much different from what happened to Elizabeth Caldwell, transformed into Vella of Gor in the fourth Gor book, "The Nomads of Gor." Consequently, there is really no surprise to what happens in this novel and the style is not enough this time around to overcome the lack of substance. Gorean philosophy aside, "Captive of Gor" is a break in the developing narrative. There is nothing wrong with that, but Norman continues to abandon the epic story arc he created in the first six volumes in the ones that followed "Captive" as well.
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I find it extraordinary that people whose philosophies clash with John Norman's bother to review his books! What's the point? The previous reviewer thought this book was the worst in the series - I think it is the BEST!

The Gor books describe, in magnificent detail, a fascinating Counter-Culture world where technology is stripped bare and social and sexual mores are more honest and natural and therefore clash with the pompous, selfish, arrogant and supposedly "politically correct" society we live in today.

Gor is raw in tooth and claw, mythical, historic, erotic and completely satisfying. A world where strong men dominate and women are seen as beautiful objects to be enslaved and owned.

If you enjoy the Spartacus series on TV and/or the very broad church that is BDSM, this is the BEST Gor book to start with. It's not about Gor history or battles between cities as the other books in the series are but simply about enslaving girls.

It is one of a trilogy in which John Norman explores and expounds his deeply thought out philosophy of female enslavement. In these three books (Slave Girl of Gor (Gorean Saga 11) and Kajira of Gor (Gorean Saga 19) being the other two in the trilogy), Norman describes in minute detail how a girl is captured, chained, enslaved and trained in the Gorean ways of serving and pleasing men.

The books capture the bitter sweet glory that is a BDSM lifestyle and it is not at all surprising that whole communities that live as Goreans, both online and real, have sprung up throughout the world.

In a recent interview, John Norman had this to say "The Gor books are not mere science fiction or adventure fantasy. They are also intellectual, philosophical, and psychological novels.
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I remember all those years ago when I first bought this book the front cover showed a woman naked and bound and kneeling in front of a snarling beast.This sums up pretty well what the themes of this book are. The book actually works quite well on its own terms. There are a series of scenes which are strong in terms of the degree of humiliation the woman suffers-eg where she is captured by panther women and put on a leash as she is taken through the forest to the man who has bought her. I agree with some of the other reviewers that Noman's writing can become tedious when he talks of how all women really want to be enslaved but Captive is more descriptive and has less of the pretty dreadful psychology which fills the other books,so Captive works mostly just as a sexual fantasy.Whilst this book and the other Gor books deal mainly with female slavery, there is some reference in Captive to male slaves which does spice the book up eg there is a scene where captured outlaws are held naked in cages and a scene where as part of a parade captured outlaws are required to march through the town wearing short woolen skirts.The best book for male slavery is Raiders where tarl Cabot is stripped naked and enslaved to a young woman on the rence islands and made to serve in lots of ways!
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