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A classic underground novel. -- The Village Voice

Four stars. -- Scott O'Hara, Thing

One of the top ten SM novels ever written. -- Penthouse

The gay love story of its decade. -- Stallion

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Preston's knockout novel, first serialized in Drummer, returns to claim= the territory it mapped out years ago. Jamie is an aimless young man lucky enough to encounter Mr. Benson. He is soon led down the path of erotic enlightenment, learning to accept cruelty as love, anguish as affection, and this man as his master.

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  • File Size: 290 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1573441945
  • Publisher: Cleis Press; New edition edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2004
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009HUOJVA
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kassa VINE VOICE on April 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
Mr. Benson is without question an iconic work of fiction. I've seen the book reviewed as a must have for anyone interested in BDSM and as the blurb mentions, has become a cultural symbol. The paperback is on many, many keeper shelves and remains a classic, much discussed story. What's interesting is that Mr. Benson doesn't actually try to be a story based in reality or a how to for BDSM fans. Instead the story delves into the ultimate fantasy and the psychological impact of heavy slavery and sadomasochism. The writing is raunchy, raw and delights in being stroke fiction while also offering a pretty cheesy and flat out bad mystery. Yet none of that matters for those that read this because the intimate look at the emotional, physical and mental desires of hard core BDSM participants remains fascinating. You don't read this for a well crafted story per se - you read this for the glimpse into the heads of those who desire, crave, and fantasize about BDSM. Some may recognize their own desires within while others may understand the subculture better.

Jamie is a cute twink cruising gay bars looking for the perfect Master even though he doesn't realize that's what he's after. He encounters the near silent Mr. Benson in a leather bar and goes back to his wealthy penthouse within minutes of meeting. Soon Jamie has pledged to be Mr. Benson's slave and gives up his life entirely to be at the whim of his Master. What follows is Jamie's sexual journey as a slave with a side trip into a bad mystery before a happy ending and tacked on epilogue. Of course Jamie wasn't called a twink back then but he also makes some incredibly bad decisions that likely would have left him dead, maimed, or diseased if the setting was more modern. So right away the story is over the top in many ways and a fantasy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Kalra on September 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a young gay man within the leather and bdsm community, this book moved me. The emotions, the story, the setting and the description, it feels as almost of the reader is there with our aspiring slaveboy Jamie. But this isnt some trashy domestroe paperback novel, no, it is a love story of the deepest kind. It reveals that even within a Master/slave relationship, the need to for intimicy is still ever present and needed by the parties involved. S&M is just a paler form of true intimicy, the level of whcih we all seek and need some time in our lives.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jane on February 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
Taken from the cover this best sums up this great story of bdsm, master/slave, love and the dynamics of it all.
"Nowadays I laugh when I think of the guys in the bars who used to complain about their lovers. They talked about what a hard time they had on a weekend when their man was in a bad mood or about what marks were left once a month when they got the workout they'd been seeking for four weeks.They didn't know about masters.When I first came out I thought Butch was an insurance salesman in a flannel shirt...Mister Benson changed all that.
They never met Aristotle Benson. He is my master and I am his slave."
A good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Briar on January 11, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I purchased this novel because it is touted as a classic by the leather community. I spent most of my time reading it wondering why this is so. I understand that the main character Jamie is supposed to be a sort of Everyman than the reader can pour himself into, so I can forgive his flimsy characterization. All the other characters are just as badly written, however. They are stereotypical cardboard cut outs. Maybe this is the book that started it all and created these stereotypes; I don’t know. Maybe it is an accurate representation of the leather community at that time. Some things seem accurate, from what I have read and heard, but the plot itself is larger than life in a way that made me laugh out loud several times, involving twists that would do a soap opera proud. The BDSM is much the same, leaving out the sane and consensual on a regular basis. Of course, this book is about “real” slavery so dubious sexual consent is must, I suppose. This book demanded I suspend my disbelief too far for me to truly get I to it. The only part where I emotionally connected was in the section Mr. Benson himself wrote. That alone felt real.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Danny on September 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
I read this book a long time ago. Yes, the story takes place during the so-called sexual revolution. And yes, this was in the blessed time before AIDS. Everything seemed possible and we could dream of a seductive rich hunk like Mr Benson. Most of the book is about Jamie's journey into becoming Mr. Benson's slave, his exploration of the mindset involved and the various nasty things that occur to him.
I think this was the first BDSM book I read. And I found it very very hot! Lately, I looked in boxes and boxes to find the book to read it again. I found it, and it was still hot.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Laura M. Antoniou on August 15, 1997
Format: Paperback
There will be no "follow-ups" to Mr. Benson, because John Preston passed away. However, his works include several more excellent volumes of erotic work involving men and their passions for SM and each other. See also "Looking for Mr. Preston", a tribute anthology to the man and his writing
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By Kurt Hoffman on August 8, 2015
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this book has a certain amount of 'historical' value, for the light it shines on a period of gay life in NYC. You get glimpses of what the scene was like and how gay men thought of themselves, all of which has changed so much in some ways.

And as porn, there are parts that are really fun and hot, if you enjoy S/m fantasies. I read John Preston's piece where he talks about how he wrote this book. He says he wrote it more as a joke than anyone took it to be later. And that might be overstating the humor in here, there is some effective social satire that is left at a pleasantly understated level. He also described the process of writing it -- at first he was just writing jack off material, but at some point he realized he wanted his book to have a plot, so after a few chapters, the book suddenly lurches into a plot.

For me, all the best parts of the book are before he tries turning this into a novel. The relatively plot-free set up of Mr. Benson and his boy is by turns, arousing and amusing. Preston's eye for social nuance keeps it interesting.

But then the plot kicks in. At first it does pretty well -- Benson's slave is turned loose and in his despair of being on his own, he turns to various men to top him. This leads to some interesting descriptions of scenes. I like the distinction Preston makes in a scene at the Mineshaft, between the cool people and the bridge and tunnel S/m tourists. But eventually this turns into some sort of comic-book-like adventure story. The sexual tension evaporates and one is left with some poorly written pulp fiction that I found myself skipping more and more of. The book has some moments after that, but the spell is mostly broken.
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