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Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
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Fifty Shades of Grey

by E. L. James

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    amz310783: Beautiful Disaster reminded me of Fifty Shades, except loads better (I think this is how Fifty Shades should have been written.)
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    PaulineMontford: Twenty Tones is a 'progression' from this series. It is more intense and the heroine actually wants...even craves...domination. This adds a new twist to her erotic adventures.
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Fifty Shades of Gray: an allegory of Love

There’s a clue. His name is Christian. That’s the first clue. And if we take the first chapter of the first book and the last chapter of the last book, then the second clue becomes obvious. Her name is Anastasia, which means Resurrection. This is a story about Love, and more particularly, about how Christ loves us and how we encounter Christ and the change that happens in that encounter.
What? What? It’s about kinky sex, isn’t it? SMBD, right? Not really. There are formulaic sex scenes, allegories in themselves, but the SMBD is a metaphor for – well, pain.
Who is God here? Innocence (Ana) meets wealth, power and status who is neither black nor white, an excellent metaphor for God, who is Light, but that light to our eyes, to our experience, is mixed. (What’s with pain and suffering, for example? How can a good God allow this to happen?) Wealth, Power and Status are also the banners of Satan, in Ignatian spirituality. So: which is it? Is Christian Christ or Satan?
In the first Chapter of the first book: he is Christ. Miss Steele (she’s no push over) does a favor for a friend, unprepared, feeling as if “I’m just visiting, I don’t fit in here at all” and stumbles, “on her hands and knees”, into his Presence. He touches her, lifts her, and she feels the electricity. She discovers in his space that “the ordinary is raised to the extraordinary,” a common experience in encountering Christ or falling in love. (Pedro Arupe: same thing.) She fumbles trying to record the conversation, distracted by His Beauty. She asks questions. Some are hers and some are not. Christian declares: (a) “I am very good at judging people” (b) “my belief is to achieve success in any scheme one has to make oneself master of that scheme” (why Christ is incarnate, one might say) and (c) “the bottom line is it’s always down to good people.”
Anastasia’s response to Christ(ian) is skepticism; let’s chalk this up to luck. Besides, it sounds like control. Christian claims the control; he was born to it. His power is his Own; he does not answer to a board.
What about his personal attributes? “There are people who’d say I don’t have a heart.” Check. Not easy to get to know. Check. And he admires tenacity. Check. The Gospels corroborate this. He doesn’t have a philosophy so to speak but a guiding principle. The fully actualized human being (to use Maslow’s terminology rather than Carnegie’s), the fully aware person is in possession of all things. The pearl of great price? Sell all and it is yours. The one who gives up all for Christ inherits all.
“You sound like the ultimate consumer”. “I am.” Here is a puzzle. “Are you gay, Mr. Grey?” “No, Anastasia, I am not.” In two sequences, back to back, declarations on consumption and sexuality: these are topics to be explored in this trilogy and the definitions set here are for the sake of parameters. This is a story about wealth and sex and for the sake of the story we will suspend our judgment. Note here: he calls her Anastasia for the first time here, another way of saying: this is personal between you and me, Anastasia, and I declare my interest in your sex, in being intimate.
Her response? I don’t belong here. I’m not your type (I’m scruffy). What’s going on? I don’t understand. I have to get out of here.
He says “Until we meet again.” She can’t figure out if it’s a challenge or a threat. He touches her. The electricity is there. He follows her out. He touches her again, on the back of the neck – and stills her.
The second time he calls her Anastasia is as she’s leaving – and she calls him Christian. Just those words. Anastasia. Christian.
Jump to the last chapter of the trilogy which is the first chapter retold from Christian’s perspective, but now, with the story behind us, we see that in fact it is Anastasia who is Christ (the Resurrection) and Christian is us. We are the ones in need of changing. We follow these banners of Power, Wealth and Prestige, and yet: we are restless. “The sobering truth is the only thing to capture my interest recently is has been my decision to send two freighters of cargo to Sudan.” Feeding the hungry, compassion for the poor: this is the antidote to our feelings of malaise.
“Oh, Christ!” Call and Christ comes. (Christ is called xx times in this chapter alone.) “For one awful moment I think she can see right through me. I feel...exposed.” And there she is ...”innocent”. Christ the Innocent. “I want to dispel that unguarded, admiring look from those big, blue eyes.” So he mocks her, and calls her by the wrong name. We do that. We mock innocence in our pain.
“She is charmingly flustered, meek, mild...submissive.” Is this Christ? I contend: this is how we encounter HIM. Or Her. Originally as an infant, and later – charmingly flustered, especially in encounters with women – his mother telling him about the wine shortage at the wedding, the Syro-Phoenician woman disarming him to cure her daughter, the women with the hemorrhage.
“Is that something you feel passionately about? Feeding the world’s poor?” He fantasizes sex here, a deliberate distraction from hunger. We distract ourselves from passion. It’s a scary thing. It demands our whole self.
“There is no way I want those big blue eyes seeing into my dark soul. This is not an area open to discussion. Ever.” And yet.
The sequential discussions are: yes to consuming, no to family, and intolerance for ambiguity. (“How dare she?”)
A relationship with Christ is real – real stresses – and reciprocal. “I like the effect I have on her....she isn’t completely oblivious to my charms (God likes us) and ’yes, sir.’ Her response floors me.”
“Christian” “and the elevator door closes, leaving my name hanging in the air, sounding odd, unfamiliar, but sexy as hell.”
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  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
It was a bit unrealistic at times, but overall I enjoyed it... ( )
  SPEAR7 | Mar 27, 2019 |
This book, LOL. It brought BDSM into the mainstream but so much is inaccurate. That being said, it is a book, a fantasy. Being accurate is too much like basing it on reality. For most people, reality has no place in fantasy. ( )
  LadyRakat | Mar 26, 2019 |
Very rarely have I stopped reading a book because of poor writing, but I had to stop reading this one. I was very disappointed in this book and expected so much more from all the buzz. I also found that I was becoming way too angry that this woman would allow herself to be controlled in such a way. Not a read I would recommend on any level. ( )
  SusanGeiss | Mar 24, 2019 |
Um, what can be said about this? It's basically porn, I don't see why everyone who I talk to is so enraptured with Christian Grey, I guess it's that he's so filthy rich, good looking and mysterious, maybe I'll get it when I read the second book? Well, it is a quick read, not well written but it definitely holds a girls attention.... ( )
  LydiaGranda | Feb 15, 2019 |
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For Niall,
the master of my universe
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I scowl with frustration at myself in the mirror.
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Du. Gehörst. Mir.
Why didn't you tell me there was danger? Why didn't you warn me?
Ladies know what to guard against, because they read novels that tell them of these tricks…
*RU OK Ana*
*Where RU Ana*
*Damn it Ana*
*Are you home safe?*
*Call me*
"I agree to the conditions, Angel; because you know best what my punishment ought to be; only-only-don't make it more than I can bear!"
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When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.

The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her too - but on his own terms.



Shocked yet thrilled by Grey's singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success – his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving adoptive family – Grey is man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny.


Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds?

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