9weeksThe classic erotic memoir of an intense and haunting relationship that spawned the film.

This is a love story so unusual, so passionate, and so extreme in its psychology and sexuality that it takes the reader’s breath away. UnlikeThe Story of O, Nine and a Half Weeks is not a novel or fantasy; it is a true account of an episode in the life of a real woman.

Elizabeth McNeill was an executive for a large corporation when she began an affair with a man she met casually. From the beginning, their sexual excitement escalates through domination and humiliation. As the affair progresses, woman and man play out ever more dangerous and more elaborate sado-masochistic variations. By the end, she has relinquished all control over her body and mind.

With a cool detachment that makes the experiences and sensations she describes all the more frightening in their intensity, Elizabeth McNeill beautifully unfolds her story and invites you to experience the mesmerizing, electrifying, and unforgettably private world of Nine and a Half Weeks. (First edition published in 1978)

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REVIEW:4 Silken Sheets  


The writing style is difficult to read. So is some of the odd language. I had to read and reread so many passages because I couldn’t decipher what the author was trying to say and who was saying what, it was frustrating. The most annoying was the endless paragraphs about unimportant details. For example: Two full pages dedicated to the minute details of what was contained in his closet. Ugh.

Yet… The story, in all its vagueness, blurred lines, fragmented memories and conversations, and ambiguity, is haunting, mesmerizing, romantic, intriguing and depraved. Also, utterly compelling. And ultimately, sad.

It was a quick read and the story is one that won’t leave me anytime soon. I can’t help but wonder what ever happened to the author’s lover and if he was affected by her presence in his life as much as she was of his. We’ll never know. The woman who wrote the book wrote it under the pen name of Elizabath McNeill but her real name is Ingeborg Day, the author of other works. She committed suicide at the age of 70 in 2011. What a tragic ending to a woman who made her mark in the literary world.

BTW, the movie did this book no justice (even though I liked it) and is immensely mild compared to the book (as is usually the case).

Have any of you read it and if so, what are you thoughts on it? I would love to discuss this captivating story.