I was originally going to post this in the Romance section of Fiction, but I thought best not. A few years ago I was taking some health sciences courses at the local college, and there I had an amazing women as my Human Sexuality Professor. She recommended this book to me. I found it at the library in the romance section, but I since then I've thought it shouldn't really be in the romance section. The book was published out of seemingly nowhere, written by a women using the pen name Pauline Réage in 1954. It wasn't until just before her death, 40 years later, that Anne Desclos came out as the author (she also wrote under the name Dominique Aury). The novel deals with Dominance & Submission and Mater/Slave relationships, but in the way only a French writer of the era could, with a certain amount of class not seen in modern BDSM writing. Think of French villas, spiral stone staircases that lead down to dungeons, and mascaraed parties where there's nothing under the party guest's cloak. Whatever your feelings are on BDSM I believe there is something in this book for anyone who enjoys a novel with a well crafted landscape and an author with a panache for laying out a scene of intense, raw, human emotion. Has anyone else read this novella? What were your thoughts?