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9½ Weeks

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  2,026 Ratings  ·  219 Reviews
Librarian note: Alternative cover edition of ISBN 0722157908

I was beginning to fall in love...

Nine and a Half Weeks is the story of a love affair like no other: a crazy, obsessive relationship that burned through two lives like a branding iron through flesh. To read it is to undergo a truly disturbing - and erotic - experience.
Mass Market Paperback, 131 pages
Published 1986 by Sphere (first published 1978)
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Sexy book alert!!!

Anyone who knows me, knows I am frigid and heartless. ;)

I am NOT an erotic novel fan- I like sex outside my reading materials- and I lack a fantasy reading life. Barf to Outlander...Double barf to 50 Shades of Grey type books- but this...this is something I can sink my teeth into. Thank you Karly!

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Soooooooooooooo very long ago- when I was crushing on the whooooooole Diner cast- I came across the movie- 9 and 1/2 weeks. It is Mickey Rourke at his most delicious- and
Genre: Erotic Memoir
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person - Female

Elizabeth McNeil was a professional career woman who had a mundane sex life until he met a man who forced her to breach her own hard limits. He seduced her into the world of sadomasochism and made her begged for more. But how far is too far in her quest of sexual revelation?

I first came across this book when it was mentioned as depressing type of book. I’ve never watched the movie version of this so I didn’t know what to e
JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
***** 4 "I want 9 more weeks " STARS*****

...and this is one of those times.
This book.. O.M. G. THIS MEMOIR !! . If you think you know Ingeborg Day's story because you've seen the movie; YOU DON'T. Nine and a Half Weeks the novel is I-N-S-T-E-N-S-E. Right from the start I found myself saying "WTF, I don't remember that being a scene in the film." I almost gave up on the damn book because it was tarnishing the image of my beloved Mickey Rourke... No, not the botox, botched face lift, hair plug
Stylo Fantome
Sep 08, 2014 Stylo Fantome rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Like ... whoooooooaaaaaa

I may piss a lot of people off with this statement, but screw it. When FSOG first became huge, and people were losing their cookies over it, I kind of looked around and went "what's the big deal? I've seen that - it's called '9 and 1/2 Weeks'," - and now that I've actually read it, that statement it truer than ever.

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Tiffany Reisz
Feb 27, 2013 Tiffany Reisz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now THIS was real D/s, real S&M. It seemed so familiar. When kink reads as banal or playful or entirely natural you know the author knows what he or she is talking about. The lack of angst makes it more real, not less. This story is a memoir of events from the 70s. In 2013 would she have felt safe enough to stay with him. She's muted after she leaves him. Her psyche is out of whack. If she'd stayed with him, could it have worked?

Amazing memior of a real BDSM affair.

A favorite passage:
A potent antidote to the straightforward romances I’ve been reading lately. What is this madness! I vow that from now on I’ll intersperse my junk food with layered, intense, thought-provoking lit from authors that are comfortable enough to leave interpreting their story to their readers.

I immersed myself in Nine and a Half Weeks with the same reckless abandon the narrator threw herself in a brief but all-consuming affair thirty years earlier. A word of caution first: both Francine Prose and the
mark monday
Dec 28, 2012 mark monday rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantika
woman as wind-up toy, lalalalalala not listening.
passion as cold-blooded ritual, lalalalalala not listening.
upscale lifestyle detail porn, lalalalalala not listening.
let's go shopping, lalalalalala not listening.
a sexy abusive relationship, lalalalalala not listening.
gorgeous prose, lalalalalala not listening.
Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
Aug 21, 2014 Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* by: JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
Shelves: buddy-reads, memoirs
Buddy-read with the lovely Heather coming up approximately September 23 (depending on the Canadian postal services) Monday, September 15 :)


A conscious new power: vulnerablity, perverse if only because it is total, natural as grass nonetheless, or asphalt in New York

There is an art to surrender...

And it isn't always pretty or simple.

The prose of Nine and a Half Weeks: A Memoir of a Love Affair is shocking in its bluntness. It is almost as though McNeill removed herself to write it. Her w
May 31, 2007 AE rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the beat me eat me mistreat me crowd, romantics, lonely bitter people
I love this book so much. It's so depressing and sexy and foul and totally engrossing. I rarely read books and go, "Goddamn, why can't I meet someone who will dress me in boys underpants, make me pack a cock and then bitchslap me around?" I guess I'm probably missing the point of this nuanced look at a self destructive romance.
Aug 12, 2015 Licha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, movie
3.5 stars

Not my usual stuff to read but I love the movie. I had no idea this was a book, much less that this was a memoir written in the 70's under a pen name.

The book was very hard to put down. I was up until four in the morning reading this knowing I had to get up by seven. I definitely felt like I needed a cold shower after this one. It was hard not picture (the young) Mickey Rourke and myself as I read this. But somewhere down the line, this relationship started to feel a little uncomfortabl
No rating

This book was not what I expected. Don't get me wrong I knew this was a memoir, but when it finally set in that this actually happened to somebody, I felt uncomfortable. I couldn't enjoy it nor dislike it, I just wanted to finish it and get it over with. I was confused as shit half of the time, and the writing wasn't all that great either. It was long and had some unnecessary things. It also took me long to finish because I wasn't looking forward. It also made me question,

Why do we read
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
DNF at 12%

Picked this up as a.99 sale. I classic written in 1978. Just not capturing their connection. Really struggling here!

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I first read "Nine and a Half Weeks" long ago--- long before the film with Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke. I was a brand-new undergraduate, and the first part of the book was excerpted in Playboy. I sat in my rooms at university stunned and amazed. I'd already read "Story of O"; I knew that s/m existed and knew about its allure. This was...different. It was darker than "O.", far more obsessive and intense, far less distanced and measured. I knew I had to go out and get a copy of the full book.

Mar 07, 2015 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hot-sex, 2015
I read this mostly so I could smugly say to people that I read the version of 50 Shades of Grey that was published 30 years ago and written better. (Than the excerpts I've read online, okay? No, I haven't read 50 Shades. I would be happy to hateread it except that by all accounts it's incredibly boring - not even trashy enough to be a decent hateread.)

9 1/2 Weeks the movie was legendary in middle school as the dirtiest movie anyone was aware of. (Second place goes to Weird Science.) This has cau
Dorota Skrzypek
Jun 29, 2012 Dorota Skrzypek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Is this book different from the movie. Nine and a Half Weeks has always been one of my favorite movies, and then a friend told me it was based on a book. But if you're expecting a more descriptive look into the sexually charged relationship of Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke, you're in for a big surprise.

This book is an intense emotional look into a BDSM journey that continues to push the limits until the main character, Elizabeth, has a psychological breakdown. Rather than erotic (like the
Jun 18, 2015 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book has left me stunned. I just watched the movie and felt emotionally drained after. This feels worse. Everything was amplified. The cross dressing scene. Speechless. The hotel scene was bad enough to watch, until I read the scene and it went further. I want to curl in the fetal position and cry for this woman.

I would love to read the male POV on this. Because he treats like he loves her and at the same
Aug 11, 2008 Kandice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was re-read number...I have no idea, but the ebook version I read has an afterword by the daughter of the writer.

I've read other reviews where the reader states that "McNeill's" narrative doesn't allow the reader distance, but I felt very differently as I read. McNeill opens wit ha doozy of a sentence that lets you see just where this is going. “The first time we were in bed together he held my hands pinned down above my head. I liked it. I liked him. He was moody in a way that struck me a
Jocelyn Jazmen
Dec 13, 2014 Jocelyn Jazmen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talk about a sub and her dom, this is the real thing - a true story.
What is most shocking about this book is that McNeill wrote her story - and got it published - in the seventies, while this subject-matter is still controversial today. She reveals her intense experience in a neutrally descriptive way, neither judging nor condoning anyone's behavior, nor making apologies for what she went through.

Her true freedom was obtained through her completely voluntary submission and surrender to him, thro
Aug 13, 2009 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad I chose to read Francine Prose's "Introduction" after I finished the book. It has spoilers, and should really be an afterword.

Nine and a Half Weeks, as a movie, is one that always turns up as a sort of classic "trashy 80s erotic romance." The movie and its characters are breezy, pumped along by the vaguely pop-jazz rhythms that signal good times or transitions in such films. I watched it while in the mood for something light/less intellectual. It wasn't until I watched the movie that I
Jan 14, 2016 YaYa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Unforgettable Stars

So much better than the movie but it hurt a little more to read this from her POV. My heart hurts for her. It continues to hurt for her. Dammit!!! *cries*
Heather *live on coffee & flowers*
Yet another buddy read with Karly! We're killing it on the buddy reads.


I think this is a case of "it's not you, it's me." I can see why others like this book, but a matter-of-fact narration like this one pretty much guarantees I'll never get emotionally involved. And if I don't get emotionally involved in a book, it'll never be a favorite.

Maybe the author had to remove herself emotionally in order to write this, because she went through some pretty intense stuff during her brief affair. T
Lady Ethereal Butterfly
Nine and a Half Weeks is a short memoir that some consider to be erotica. I suppose can see how it could be considered erotic, but for me it was far more disturbing than sexy. It was short and well written, but very troubling. To me it was a story of abuse, manipulation, and cruelty. The unnamed male completely controls every aspect of the authors life and emotionally manipulates her into doing things she is incredibly uncomfortable with. This isn't a story of two people exploring and pushing th ...more
Beautiful people of NYC who shop at Bloomie's by day and engage in S&M type stuff by night. The source for that cheesy erotic movie of the 80s with Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger. Yeah, so I pulled a perfect condition hardcover of this out of the dumpster of a certain bookseller, and it's just a hair over 100 pages and well-enough written. Most of it seems to be descriptions of apartments and the material goods therein. Vaguely reminiscent of Anais Nin and Marguerite Duras...vaguely. But the ...more

Some books are just off the scale, not necessarily better or worse than all the other books you've read before - but so fundamentally different that it doesn't quite compare to anything else. For me this was such a book.
The main way this book is different is its sheer elegance. The story that takes place over two months time is caught in moments; Polaroids casually tossed, one after another into a building pile on a scuffed table. It’s a decadent, voyeuristic experience to have the sexual relati
Dec 24, 2012 Roxane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Either you know why this book is brilliant or you don't but this is an exquisite memoir.
Sometimes when you start reading a book, you just know that it's going to be great. You know that there's no way this book will go below a 4 star rating. That feeling is great - and rare.

There are two things in particular that I like about Nine and a Half Weeks. First and foremost, the undramatic language. Everything is narrated in such a matter-of-fact tone that if not done skilfully, it would qualify as poor writing. Done right, it's brilliant. There's no drama here. Whatever happens (and lots
Ella Dominguez
May 07, 2014 Ella Dominguez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing style is difficult to read. So is some of the odd language. I had to read and reread so many passages because I couldn't decipher what the author was trying to say and who was saying what, it was frustrating. The most annoying was the endless paragraphs about unimportant details. For example: Two full pages dedicated to the minute details of what was contained in his closet. Ugh.

Yet... The story, in all its vagueness, blurred lines, fragmented memories and conversations, and ambigui
Jun 21, 2015 M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh how far we've come in the twenty (?) odd years since this was written - how we've moved away from books about rich, controlling men who like to dominate women... Oh wait - we haven't at all. Something called 'Grey' is #1 on Amazon as I write this. Hmm... Anyway, this book, thankfully, is worlds away from that. For a start is actually very well written, and the sparse style really suits the story. We are given few details, but it feels surprisingly easy to fill in a lot of the blanks (a sure s ...more
Julie Dolcemaschio
Jul 10, 2012 Julie Dolcemaschio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica
I saw the movie long before I read the book, so all I could think of was Mickey and Kim. I tried to get those people, those images out of my head as I read, and thanks to the gifted, simple writing, I was able to do that. I soon saw a different 'John' and pretty much the same 'Elizabeth'. The author does a nice job of showing how the heroine (her) gets sucked in to this life with this man she meets on the street, basically. For 9 1/2 weeks she immerses herself in this erotic love affair, almost ...more

Call me stupid, but the afterword is my favorite part. It definitely surprised me.
I want to write a short review, but I need some time to process this story.
Elizabeth McNeill was a brave woman.
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