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The incredible confessions of a thrillingly unconventional woman. From the first page, this chronicle of dominance and submission will keep you gasping with its vivid depicitons of sensual abandon. At the hand of Masters Georges, Patrick, Pierre and others, this submissive seductress experiences pleasures she never knew existed....
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What happens when a beautiful twenty-year-old virgin discovers S/M? In the case of Duries, an autobiography of moving simplicity and tenderness is born. "Before me stood a young woman with dark and curly hair, an intense hard look, and full lips like those of a child," she notes, as she appraises herself in the mirror. But Duries is not the child she thinks she is, as she discovers in herself, under the tutelage of her master, Pierre, an unusual capacity for pain.
As Maxim Jakubowski notes in his introduction, Duries was killed in a car accident shortly after this book's publication, and he will certainly not be the only reader to feel saddened and cheated by this unfortunate turn of events. "Sadomasochism is an art, a philosophy, a cultural space prohibited to liars and sworn hypocrites," Duries argues, and one wishes she had been given the time and occasion to unpack that sentence. Part devotional lyric, part bildungsroman, part S/M primer for Generation Xers, The Ties That Bind merits our attention. -- Marti Hohmann
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