Story of O part II Paperback – 28 Apr 1994
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The return to the Chateau Story of O is widely acknowledged to be one of the most famous erotic novels of all time. Graham Greene described it as 'A rare thing, a pornographic book well written and without a trace of obscenity.' Harold Pinter called it 'A remarkable piece of work', while Brian Aldiss proclaimed 'I do believe that Pauline Reage has confounded all her critics and made pornography (if that is what it is) an art.' In Story of O Part II, O returns to the place of her initiation, an elegant chateau outside Paris, where she submits completely to the sexual whims of one man, her lover.See all Product description
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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.
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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