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Nine and a Half Weeks: A Memoir of a Love Affair

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  2,741 ratings  ·  296 reviews
The powerfully erotic memoir that inspired the legendary film with a forward by bestselling novelist Francine Prose. Nine and a Half Weeks is a true story so unusual, so passionate, and so extreme in its psychology and sexuality that it will take your breath away.

Elizabeth McNeill was an executive for a large corporation when she began an affair with a man she met casually
Paperback, 117 pages
Published January 4th 2005 by Harper Perennial (first published 1978)
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Kyra Stein I'd say he did the same things to other women though I find it hard to believe that many others would put up with the pain, psychological abuse and tr…moreI'd say he did the same things to other women though I find it hard to believe that many others would put up with the pain, psychological abuse and trauma he inflicted. It takes a certain kind of woman, unfortunately Ingeborg was one of them. I'm sure it could be deduced if we did a little digging. The problem was he kept his sickness so hidden, I doubt he ever had the strength to admit that this iconic memoir was about him.(less)

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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 Kim Basinger
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I could say I read this book because I'm curious about literary erotica (earlier this year I read Anais Nin's Delta of Venus, now I'm reading Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer), but if I'm going to be honest, it's all because of him:

Oh baby. Mickey Rourke in the 80s, that's what it's all about. And before you interrupt, yes, I know what he looks like now. It's one of the great tragedies of the 20th century. But shhhhhh, I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about this:

Mickey Rourke in 9 1/2 Week
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
Stylo Fantome
Sep 08, 2014 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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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
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 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romantica
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.
BAM Endlessly Booked
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, erotica
I want to live this book

That ending just devastated me.
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Karlyflower *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
“So it went, a step at a time. And since we saw each other every night; since each increment of change was unspectacular in itself; since he made love very, very well; since I was soon crazy about him, not just physically, but especially so, it came about that I found myself – after the time span of a mere two weeks – in a setup that would be judged, by the people I know, as pathological.

Nine and a Half Weeks: A Memoir of a Love Affair (Paperback)
by Elizabeth McNeill

Oh wow. What a book.

This was
So it it went, a step at a came about that I found myself--after the time span of a mere two weeks--in a setup that would be judged, by the people I know, as pathological.

He's moving me, edging me, step by careful step--nothing drunken about it--there goes one limit, another one, limits falling by the wayside. I'm afloat. After three days I've gone beyond my limits. For two months now, I've been out of control.

Wow. This is my 3rd time rereading in 1 month. I was excited to see it
Aug 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: movie, memoir
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
Oct 25, 2015 added it
Shelves: no-rating
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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Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
Shelves: smut, 2015, hot-sex
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
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: emo-angst, erotic
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I had forgotten I had read this until my (delightful) GR friend Robin mentioned it.

And let's be real, any woman who read this did it for one reason:

No, shhhhh. Don't Google "Mickey Rourke today."

It's safe to say "erotica" is not really my jam, but when I heard there was a book of this movie, I had to read it. The book is a much more stripped down, supposedly true story written under a pseudonym about...I don't know what you'd call it? Light S&M affair maybe....that lasted as long as the title.
S.P. Aruna
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica-romance
I never saw the movie with Mickey Rourke so I won't make any such comparison, but this was an eloquent and disturbing account of a real life BDSM relationship. Be careful of what you wish for (fantasize about), or you might end up like Ms. McNeill (an emotional breakdown)!

While it's one thing to be dominated by an alpha male when it comes to sex, it's another to be controlled 24/7. That is nothing else but a dysfunctional relationship with no future.

I couldn't stop turning the pages as the hero
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Either you know why this book is brilliant or you don't but this is an exquisite memoir. ...more
Dorota Skrzypek
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it

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 ti
Jocelyn Jazmen
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
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
Aug 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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*
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to read this book for two reasons. One was I knew it was based off a true story. The other was I’ve read so many erotica books with this subject, I wanted to know how a true relationship like this starts in real life. I still don’t know.

This book is written in vignettes, each one more shocking than the next. One I have trouble even believing which has Elizabeth sneaking up behind a man in an elevator and robbing him at knifepoint dressed in disguise. I suppose it could have happened.

Booklover 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 sty ...more
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“This one, I guess," he says. I look over at the counter, he is looking back at me. He is holding a riding crop: "I'd like to try it out." There is a peculiar shift: from one second to the next I have become disoriented, I am on alien territory, in a foreign century. He walks a few steps to where I am half sitting on the desk, one foot on the floor, the other dangling. He pulls my skirt up my left leg, which is resting on the desk, steps back and strikes me across the inner thigh.
The searing pain is an inextricable part of a wave of excitement; every cell in my body is awash with lust.
It is silent in the small, dusty room. The clerks behind the counter have frozen.
He slowly smooths down my skirt and turns to the older man, who is wearing a suit and still looks like an accountant, though a deep flush is spreading upward from his shirt collar.
"This one will do.”
“So it went, a step at a time. And since we saw each other every night; since each increment of change was unspectacular in itself; since he made love very, very well; since I was soon crazy about him, not just physically, but especially so, it came about that I found myself – after the time span of a mere two weeks – in a setup that would be judged, by the people I know, as pathological.

It never occurred to me to call it pathological. I never called “it” anything. I told no one about it. That it was me who lived through this period seems, in retrospect, unthinkable. I dare only look back on those weeks as on an isolated phenomenon, now in the past; a segment of my life as unreal as a dream, lacking all implication.”
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