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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (January 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060746394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060746391
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elizabeth McNeill is a pseudonym. At the time of the book’s writing and original publication, McNeill lived in New York, where she worked as an executive for a large corporation.


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Very good and enlightening reading.
Cristiane R. A. Serruya
It was one of the very few books I've read, where I could not come up with a different way for the story to go.
open ears
As she makes her way back to purchase it she meets a man and just like that they settle into a love affair.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By girldiver on February 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"Nine and a Half Weeks" chronicles the speedy decline of one woman into a relationship of S&M that goes beyond the bedroom and dominates her every action and emotion.

Told in the first person by the woman, you never discover the names of the two characters but you feel the passion, the love, and the pain both physical and especially emotional. It's disturbing to read complete submission between two people and you think to yourself you'd never turn over so much control to another person but you never really know until you live it.

The simplicity of this book is what really makes it complicated and even more compelling to read. So many books are packed with pages and pages of fluff but this book is exquisite by simply telling the story with out volumous pages of prose. Beautifully written.

girldiver:)
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By eyes4hiseyes on November 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful glimpse into the very private world of Dominance and submission. 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 and hush-hush today.

Her prose is clean, unadorned, yet the book is titillating and thought-provoking. The writer tells her shocking tale in a matter-of-fact way, neither judging nor condoning anyone's behavior, nor making apologies for what is simply a seldom revealed side of human nature.

Those who have more than a passing interest in Erotic Power Exchange will enjoy McNeill's heartfelt account of what must have been - judging by the book's final words - the most important, intense relationship of her life - for better or for worse.

I highly recommend this book.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Forget the movie! It's forgettable and formulaic. This 'journal' is anything but. The film does it no justice whatsoever. And much of what's in the film is from the terribly lacking imagination of the screenwriter, and not at all from the book. Let me state that I do not believe the events in the book to be true, but because of that, I have to say it is one of THE great novels ever pumped out by the U.S.. And ultimately, it is a tragedy that will etch itself into the tissue of the reader's brain for life, whether you like S/M, or whether you think it's uninteresting, or sick. The love of this woman is QUITE sincere; and the inward pain she experiences puts all the belt-beatings to shame.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tatyana Vitta on September 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
I saw the original movie to this book when I was 12, in secret from my parents who forbade me to watch it, and it has haunted me since, although I didn't fully understood why until I read the book...

I can see how its easy for someone looking at the story superficially to view what has occurred here as abuse, but its important to understand that nothing that was done between these two employed and consenting adults non-consenual. Elizabeth was always free to leave, she had a place to live and a job that supported her. She didn't stay with John because he physically forced her to. She, underneath her conflicting emotions on the subject, wanted his violence, dominance, and abuse. Her true freedom was obtained through her completely voluntary submission and surrender to him, through being over-powered, taken, and led to the heights and lows of that submission by him. She could only achieve it through him.

Moreover, the "violence" in the book was merely their extreme expression of sexuality, a heightened version of lovemaking so deep, that most would not venture into it. The sensation of moderate pain mixed with pleasure created an association for Elizabeth where she came to crave it as much as she did John's dominance. Their relationship did not fail because it was abusive. Indeed, what seemed like abuse was consensual power exchange that both needed and craved. There were two reasons why their relationship failed. The first was that dominance needs to be responsible to create a lasting relationship. To lead a woman with complete trust in you into a situation that she will find emotionally damaging is irresponsible dominance.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book was published and reviewed as nonfiction in 1978, though it was written anonymously (by "an executive for a large corporation in New York," according to the book flap). It was reissued as a novel when the film adaptation came out. Whether the events recounted happened or not, it has the power and impact of truth in it. A woman becomes involved with a man who keeps taking her deeper into S&M bondage and humiliation, to the point that she has a breakdown and he abandons her at a hospital. The first-person voice of the woman narrating the story is riveting. Everything that happens, no matter how extreme, is conveyed with the same neutral tone; it's up to the reader to pass judgment on the relationship, for she does not. It would be unfair to judge S&M by this book, though, for she didn't know what she was getting into. I recommend McNeill's short book to readers undisturbed by explicit descriptions of kinky sex.
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