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Return to the Château: Story of O (Volume 2) {preceded by A Girl in Love} (Story of O #2)

3.17 of 5 stars 3.17  ·  rating details  ·  445 ratings  ·  37 reviews
At the beginning of Return to the Château, the author writes, "The pages that follow are a sequel to Story of O. They deliberately suggest the degradation of that work, and cannot under any circumstances be integrated into it."

The volume begins with 'A Girl in Love', a kind of autobiographical preface in which the author relates the circumstances that lead to her authorshi
Hardcover, 106 pages
Published 1971 by Grove Press, Inc. (first published 1969)
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Sucked. A sequel was not necessary for "O".
Chelsea Locke
Unless you have any background researching, participating in, or witnessing real S&M/BDSM/other like-minded sub-cultures I would suggest you stay far far away from this book because you simply will not appreciate it. This book is a classic. This book holds several foundations for the culture which it describes and, to keep away from the misconception that this book simply objectifies women or that O is a "weak" individual, it must be understood that in the real sub-culture men play the same ...more
Not nearly as intense as The Story of O, but somehow fitting. The life O had perhaps hoped of, as the previous book closes, fizzles out and dies. How exactly does one pledge servitude forever to something so capable of fickleness as another human being?
Darius Whiteplume
Not really by Réage, and quite different. Not really worth the effort.
Good Reads doesn't seem to have Story of O so I chose this. An interesting read so far with the focus on the female perspective. Only really read de Sade for BDSM type stuff.
I'm confused, is this the suppressed last chapter from the first book. It's billed as a sequel but in 'The Story Of O' it has an ending, even though it was short, shit and suppressed.

This book is about O being abandoned by Sir Stephen at the Roissy, where she basically becomes a prostitute. It you like that sort of thing, which I do, then you like this. It's not as good as the first one, mainly because I'm not sure if she wants to be there. I understood her reasons in the first one, love, but I
Jamie Guzman
I was in tears at the end, I was so attached to "O".
I read this initially in 2004 at the peak of my obsession with The Story of O, I was underwhelmed at the time and perhaps even disappointed as this is somewhat (though not entirely) a departure from what happens in the initial story--in fact, it's sort of an intertextual presupposition that the ending of The Story of O never occurs and rather the book continues on into this book. It is certainly a change, and somewhat changes the tone of what transpires in the initial book and its odd rise to a ...more
O again is surprised by his love and this time feels vulnerable and alone, although he remains confident. For my part, I must say that this sequel was not as wonderful as me the story of O, actually I think I would rather not read this.
Duncan Howorth
Written many years after the original Story of O, this is a very slim volume which is claimed to underline the degradation of the central character our heroine O, but it reads as a distant, emotionally blank tale of actions carried out to follow on from her overwhelming love which orders her life and enables her to carry on what she wants to do whatever it should be.
It has a very different feel from the original - more diffuse and random - a series of events that lead to our heroines "freedom" a
This book was a quick and easy read. It certainly was not as interesting as the original story of O. It left a lot to be desired and the interactions O had with people were not drawn out, just quick snippets of action. I would have liked more of a story an understanding of why Sir Stephen was returning her and why Carl was so determined to own her. It feels like this was written in a short rush to get something done. Not something I would recommend reading if you enjoyed the original story of O.
Even worse than the first one. I only read it because I had it in front of me, having bought both of them before I read the first one.
I read the original "Story of O" ; the edition with a foreword by Sylvia Day, not the book pictured here. There were no covers of the original.

If you're looking for entertainment, I would not recommend this book. There are no details as to how the physical activities affect O other than occasional references to 'burning in her loins'. There really is no story line, or character development. It reads much like a diary.

However, if you are interested in the psychology of the submissive and a deta
Jason Anthony
Not nearly as good as Story of O but an easy and worthwhile read.
I wasn't impressed with this. Don't get me wrong, it's not that it was a bad read. Quite the opposite actually, I think I enjoyed it more then the first one! The thing is though, and the reason why I have given it a lower rating then the first book, in my opinion it ended abruptly. It also felt rushed. Granted it was a fairly short novel (being less then 200 pages), but a story can be short without feeling rushed. It seems as if Reage was trying to get it over and done with and now I'm left feel ...more
it answered a lot of questions that the story of o didn't give.

perhaps broke the romance of bdsm where postution, nipulation and headgames are used within perhaps pauline was touching more on the seeder side of the lifestyle a bit like todays traffickers who go into the whiteslave market.

its book i keep reading just like the story of o ... perfer theses than the 50 shades of gery.

Renata SG
Personally, I don't think the Story of O needed this 2nd book.
Not well written as the first which makes the reader question "Who actually wrote this 2nd book".
This story was not as captivating & I was barely kept interested.

My interest was switched on at the very last page but at this stage it was too late. END OF STORY!!!
Eli Poteet
I genuinely appreciate the ending of this book for Os sake as well as the possibility of a third installment of the series. The journey of the main character deeply resonated within me and I would totally read more about her experiences. It was a super quick read and I will be passing it along to friends immediately.
Oh wow, is there anything one can say about this short story?! I have the same feelings as when i first sow Eyes wide Shut (i was about 14): 'OMG, what was that' :)). At the second viewing, the movie turned out to be a huge disillusionment; but i hope 'Story of O' it will exceed this one!
As tempting as it is at the end of "The Story of O" to find out what happens to her, I'd definitely give this mess a miss. It's so obvious that this "Pauline Reage" is not the same one who wrote the original book. No attempt was even made to copy the literary style of the first book.
Neko McEvil
Uhm... yeah, this continuation to "Story Of O" seems pretty redundant. I do not know, but it really just seems shallow and not very interesting.
If you read "Story Of O", stay away from this one, unless you have nothing else to read. And honestly, there is also something else to read.
Devlin De La Chapa
I originally read the Story of O back in the early 1990's and have (since then, and now) been fascinated. I only just recently read it again and my take on it then continues to remain, and to this day, and what I would highly consider "a classic bdsm" story.
Геллее Авбакар
The story of O was in fact a mysterious one. Being a male I have never seen such ferocity how woman were treated in that chateau of that Baron. I think if that was real Europe should be ashamed from itself especially France.
I'm generally fussy about reading books in order but I couldn't get my hands on the Story of O first so I read this one anyway. Not much to it. It doesn't continue my interest in wanting to read the original.
Elizabeth fincher
disapointed after the first book but should of known by the small amount pages dedicated to the story promised a lot deliverd not a lot
I enjoyed it but the ending left me hanging as to what and were O will go next. Looks like I will be waiting for another book. :-)
This was greatly disapointing. I see why it was seperated from the original Story of O.
i'm actually talking about the original story of o. amazing. a female marquis de sade.
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Fifty years ago, an extraordinary pornographic novel appeared in Paris. Published simultaneously in French and English, Story of O portrayed explicit scenes of bondage and violent penetration in spare, elegant prose, the purity of the writing making the novel seem reticent even as it dealt with demonic desire, with whips, masks and chains.

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