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To Love, to Obey, to Serve: Diary of an Old Guard Slave Paperback – January 1, 1999
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I will say, however, there may be a newly edited version of this about (I have seen it for sale); if this subject matter is what you seek, get the newly edited version and hope for the best. I for one will not allow a second chance.
If you are looking for fantasy fodder, look elsewhere. This is reality, raw and unpolished.
Vi is one of the Mothers of the modern BDSM scene. She put her life out there so that others could learn from her mistakes. Anyone who ever thought it would be a good idea to sign their life completely over to someone should be made to read this book before they continue along that path. As the saying goes - Be careful what you wish for.
This book is an emotional roller coaster. When Mother Vi writes about her mother I was moved to tears. I felt angry for her when she was "forgotten" by her owners. The thing that drove me to turn the page was the realization that this is as real as it gets. This happened.
If you've been in the scene long enough, some of the players will sound familiar. This just adds to the weight of its truthfulness. And although there are always several versions of the truth, rarely will you ever find someone with the guts to tell their version of it with such frank honesty.
Mother Vi lays it all on the line so that we may learn and grow. To that I say "Thank You."
This is not a "love and war" novel - it's real.
It's an authentic document of a devoted slave & courageous woman on her journey to self.
I absolutely loved reading and feeling it, it was helpful in many many different ways.
If you recognize yourself as a slave , submissive or "simply" on the path to self actualization, i can highly recomment reading Ms Johnson's diary.
and that is, as they say, our choice.. no?
However, you should be prepared for the fact that a slave's journal is not intended to be literary masterpiece and you will often find yourself wishing for more detail about events or the thoughts of others.
It is rare to get a real, unhyped view into the hardcore S&M scene, which makes this book potentially interesting. However, just like many things, real life isn't always as exciting as fantasy.