For the past fifteen years, Master R has run La Domaine Esemar, the oldest, and those in the know say, the finest, BDSM training chateau in the world. MASTER: THE UNAUTHORIZED AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MASTER R is the charming, romantic, honest, shocking and brutal story of how R got to be the man he is today.
MASTER was written not just for people “in the sexuality” but for all adult readers who wish to gain insights into the complexities of human sexuality. With a world view that covers the metaphors of civilization from the times of pharaohs and slaves to the present, passages of erotica that drip sexuality, power filled chapters on training methods, other chapters on the hysterically funny moments in the day to day existence at La Domaine, and with candid autobiographical insights into Master R’s own life and sexuality, MASTER is a unique piece of literature.
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By Z.G. Heid
Oct 21, 2010
I found this book utterly fascinating and well-written. If you pick it up thinking you are going to simply get a peek behind a curtain on some hot sex and first rate bdsm, well, you will! But you will also find its essays/chapters on constitutional issues, et. al, informed and cogent. This book is a must read for all those interested in exploring this part of their sexuality, from novices to Masters. Having personally met Master R and seen him practicing his crafts and interacting with his guests I can say that I was struck by his consideration, intelligence, kindness, and thoughtfulness. In stark contrast to a prior review, I have seen no evidence of any advantage being taken of anyone. On the contrary, R and his fellow kinksters go out of there way to insure the comfort and safety of their guests and scrupulously respect all boundaries. I will read this book more than once. I recommend it to all even slightly interested in The Scene. Z
Master: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Master R is a pleasure to read; it serves as a stimulant to the intellect as well as the senses. Written in a comfortable conversational style, there is a give and take between Master R and the reader as chapters build in a crescendo and just about the time it begins to feel a bit too intense, it tapers off and the reader is soothed with a soft remembrance or amusing anecdote by Master R… who then presents another chapter to build again toward another great crescendo. There are chapters on interesting people in the SM world, historical perspectives on freedom, personal successes, lessons learned, great generosity and great emotional angst. There... More >is also great humor. Master R’s “Ten Things You Don’t Want to Hear Your Dominatrix Say” has become a source for much laughter in my home and is sure to become an on-going joke among our friends. A few people had suggested this might be a difficult book to read; I did not find that to be the... More > case. Master R relates a wide variety of sexual experiences, but this is an autobiography not a religious tract; there is no effort made to seduce one into converting to the SM world. The author simply presents information with the reasonable expectation that people accept that SM exists and that it is a healthy and normal sexual expression for many people. The point is made that everyone has comfort levels and limits and everyone in this country has, or is suppose to have, the right to explore those limits and live as they please as long as no one is coerced into participation and they do no harm. A large portion of Master: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Master R is a reminder of the Truths on which this country was founded, the unalienable right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. These were not written by Jefferson as inalienable rights, meaning God given, but unalienable rights meaning that which cannot be taken away. Master R makes a very clear case for the importance of this distinction to basic freedoms in this country. At only one point in this book was I truly horrified and confused by a scene. However, by that point of reading I had reached a level of trust with the author and needed to understand why this revolting, violent and inhumane scene was taking place. Within a few paragraphs I reached the point of a reality check by Master R that the scene was nothing they would ever, ever consider doing at La Domaine Esemar. That scene is, however, an accurate representation of the type of torture that has been approved by the United States Government as well as 45% of the population. The paragraphs that follow that scene talk about taking a stand against torture and how that relates to personal freedom in this country as well as our place in the world. It is definitely worth reading. I think anyone interested in having a broader understanding and appreciation for sexuality as well as associated historical/political frameworks will appreciate this book. I fully expect to see this as required reading in sexuality and sociology classes in colleges.< Less
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