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The Illustrated Story Of O Hardcover – September 20, 2001

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About the Author

Doris Kloster received a B.A. in Art History from Boston University and an M.A. in Studio Art from New York University. She is an artist, alternative journalist and freelance photographer, and has shot editorial features, advertising, record albums, and book covers in London, Paris, Milan, and New York. She has curated and her work has been featured in numerous art gallery exhibitions in the United States and Europe. She has previously published Doris Kloster (Taschen) and Forms of Desire (St. Martin's Press), and currently lives in Paris.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (September 20, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312266057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312266059
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 0.8 x 11.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,490,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Most of us have read the familar white cover paperback version of this erotic classic. Ms. Kloster has excerpted quite a bit of the text and illustrated it with photographs taken on location in Paris. The full color photographs exude a rich sumptioness of color and texture that would befit a fashion shoot. The models are uniformly pleasing to the eye - the women nicely built with an air of erotic fear; the men with a sexual menace. The photos (and text) follow O as she is introduced to Roissy where her lover, Rene, has taken her to learn the ways of sexual servitude. We see how she is made to perform for several "masters" and is chastized by them. Later after leaving Roissy, Rene introduces O to his older half brother Sir Stephen. Sir Stephen eventually takes over ownership of O and delivers her to Ann Marie (in a very delightful photo) where her training will be consumated. There O has her labia pierced with a ring and her buttocks branded by Sir Stephen. Along the way, she is whipped by another girl while tied upright to a column(rather than spread eagle on a dias; this is one area where Ms. Kloster's photography does not follow the original text).The book concludes with O being presented to a group of party goers - led naked by a leash attached to the ring in her genitals. Overall, a good read and quite erotic. One can only wish that Ms. Kloster had even more photographs to illustrate this "Story of O."
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A. Dan on July 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
this is a midiume size coffee table version of the story of O which on the surface looks like a very good idea, one of my favorite books beingillustrated by one of my favotire erotic photographers, two of the most importent women, to my opinion, in SM erotics joined together to this creation, what can go wrong?
well it's not completly wrong there are a few really nice shots, especialy the one who are influenced by the compositions of great art work like los manianes by valasquese or the greek school by paphael, the models are very pretty and the whole thing's very nice light and posed. but it has nothing to do with the book, first of all not all the book is there, only parts of it, basicly it was done to match 3 major location from the book, the palace of roasy, her time with the training woman who also brands her and a few smaller scenes with rene and sir stephen. it's very unlike the atmosphere paolin reage was building in her book it looks too much like fun, nothing hurts, no pain or mentioning of pain. it's very cheep erotic magazine style, done in a perfect professional way, but lacking any emotions or intention.
it's a nice photo book to give somone as a present, somone very vanilla who would like to see himself as kinky, i'm sure i'll look on it a few times more, but it doesn't worth the money if you are looking for somthing interesting or original
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The power and ongoing appeal of this tale must lie the imagination, because I could not get into Ms. Kloster's photographs. Appeal of the women is surely a metter of taste, but these are all of the heavily made-up, big-hair variety, a la Playboy. The "action" is uniformly soft-core and not really intriguing. The lavish sets themselves do not create a real presence for me as much as they seem dressed up and rather silly. Ms. Kloster has some other work I would recommend before this.
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