Book Reviews for Master: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Master R

The Unauthorized Autobiography of Master R
Publisher: Esemar Press
Genre: BDSM, Erotic

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Lea’s Review: 

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 BDSM world, historical perspectives on freedom, personal successes, lessons learned, great generosity and great emotional angst. There 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 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 BDSM world, and I don’t think that would even be possible. The author simply presents information with the reasonable expectation that people accept that BDSM 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 supposed 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, in fact, I would say the underlying tenet within these pages, 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 Rmakes a very clear case for the importance of this distinction to basic freedoms in this country. 

I will warn you that this paragraph is a spoiler for one chapter in the book but it made such an impact on me that I would like to share. 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. 

It seems fitting to me that I have read this book and am writing this review during Banned Books Week 2010. According to the American Library Association, the foundation for Banned Books Week is intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular. It is also a week in which several young men have committed suicide as a direct result of being beaten, belittled and ridiculed for their sexual truth, their homosexuality. The difficulties and potential repercussions of being open with one’s family and friends about one’s BDSM sexuality, the every growing number of banned books and the persecution of young men due to their sexual persuasion are all parts of the elephant in the living room of our country. It is my hope that Master R is correct in saying,”…we are all a part of an evolution, one that will take us to a time when all persons have an equal right to choose their sexuality as they see fit.” 

In reading Master: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Master R, I could easily relate to the times and early life experiences of Master R. I remember from my childhood those terrible days when JFK, RK and MLK were assassinated. And being just a few years younger than Master R, I also protested the Vietnam War and attended college in the time of free…everything. While that probably enhanced my enjoyment of this book, 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. 

Rated “5 Ravens” and a Recommended Read by Lea!

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 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 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.

Within three days of its release, Miss Adventure, columnist for The Boston Phoenix was asked to recommend summer reading. MASTER was her only recommendation. Her column is reprinted below. Miss Adventure has been reading R’s writings for many years…

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The last book Miss Adventure read on the beach was the original shark tale, Peter Benchley’s JAWS and she hasn’t been back in the water since. However, your question couldn’t have come at a better time. Our friend, libertine-inspiration and newly-pressed author, Master R of Domaine Esemar fame has just published his long-awaited memoirs, self titled: “Master: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Master R.” As head of the oldest BDSM B&B in the country, Master R has a unique perspective on politics, civil rights and everything under the sun when it comes to sexuality.

To hear him tell it, is to envy, “I have had a remarkable and rewarding life. I run the finest BDSM training chateau in the world. I am a successful First Amendment/Free Speech warrior. I am an accomplished musician and educator. I have been graced with extra-ordinary relationships in human sexuality. I wanted to take all this and much more from my heart, write it down and share it. MASTER is a political treatise, an erotic adventure, a poem, a crazy, funny, touching insight into modern kink, a primer for Americans, but mostly, it is what I hoped it would be: an unauthorized autobiography.”

Reviews are already coming in hot and heavy. Legendary octogenarian dominatrix Belle du Jour called it “A must read.” Former Yale Professor, Kenneth Haltman heralded it as “A philosophical treatise on human dignity.” So drop kick Stephen King, bury Maeve Binchy and check out this hot hot hot slice of extraordinary life in the scene. Your bookmark is sure to melt! 

Summary:

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 Rs own life and sexuality, MASTER is a unique piece of literature.

Deb’s Review :

First, I would like to say a special “Thank you to Master R for allowing me the pleasure of reviewing/reading his Unauthorized Autobiography. I was captivated by the details and strength ofMaster R’s words.

The information is endless. The scenes were a bit harsh in some places in the book, but you will see all methods have reasoning.

Master R’s dedication to the BDSM world has introduced such knowledge and skill that I feel this book is a must read for anyone who wishes to explore this life, which are in short story form. Master R explores many and varied topics in this book as he guides readers through his everyday life. I was drawn to “The Visit”, which itself had four parts in this breathtaking book. The Visit gives us the story of a bored Dominatrix, walking us through her awakening and her realization that she needed to be healed. Her journey is one of beauty.

Knowledge is truly a great power and one which you should use if BDSM is a lifestyle you seek. You see it through Master R’s eyes.

Every Once in a while there is a book that calls to my partner and me. This is one of those books.

Bob: Deb asked me to voice what I thought of this book as we read it together. I will say that in part there are some amazing realizations for me which I found both intriguing and interesting. There are also things that had me stand up and take notice of. My wife and I experimented and were shocked at the intensity when one is in a spanking scene as we were. For me it opened my eyes, for myself and my wife.

So in the end of this review, I will say that if you wonder what a life of a Master is about, then you definitely need to read Master The unauthorized Autobiography of Master R. I found myself fascinated and touched.

5 Stilettos and a Recommended Read by Deb!

 

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.