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The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind. Now fo ...more
Published January 1st 1995 by Creation Books (first published 1795)
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hehe. I'm such a naughty girl for picking this one up. I had watched the movie "Quills" and became terribly curious about Marquis de Sade. After the first 20 pages, I must say that my cup of interest was filled in it's entirety, but I kept reading because the perversion of his writing was so unbelievable and even humorous. (I must state, that this novel is considered his most joyous writing... MOST of the sexual escapades in in violent deaths.) I couldn't believe that a man could have such a cre ...more
First of all I have to say that, it is extremely disturbing, shocking and shivery. But when I left aside these thoughts I saw the light. Sade is courageous, independent, rebellious. He questions morality, religion, traditions, sexism and every dogma which makes our lives difficult. He is so cruel, but impressive because he is rebels against the rules we accept in all our life without questioning. So, it has to be hard, noisome and convulsive. There is only one thing disturbed me when I was readi ...more
Apr 28, 2008 Gabriel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
The most seductively evil book I've ever read, this is surely the lewdest, most depraved and nihilistic piece of smut from the 18th century.
The Marquis de Sade spent the last 14 years of his life imprisoned for writting this book (among others.)

It is shameful, but convinces you that your shame is misguided--or at least makes the attempt.
Madame de Saint-Ange convoca Dolmancé e o seu irmão, o Cavaleiro, para educar na teoria e na prática da libertinagem a jovem Eugénie, uma virgem encerrada que se encontrava encerrada num convento pela mãe, uma puritana que Eugénie odeia, mas que é incentivada pelo pai, também ele um libertino, a aprender as coisas da vida.

O texto consiste num conjunto extenso de diálogos entre os vários personagens, intercalado por um longo discurso.

Apesar das cenas explícitas de sexo (pornográficas), em que as
Tina Dyer
For de Sade, this is pretty good. There's a long discussion of the role of morals in the republic that is interesting, if debatable. As erotica, it is strictly chinese menu stuff. Bob'll have erotic act number one, Sally number two, and the Chevalier two orders of number seven, and then we'll all trade cartons. The interesting bit (to me) is that, even after copious pronouncements about how libertines transgress all boundaries, there's still a scene where Dolmance and Augustin go off in the corn ...more
Kit Fox
Of all the treatises I've read on the joys of anal sex with a cabal of debauched, French super-libertines—and trust me, I've read, like, hundreds—this one's easily the most—wait for it—accessible. Oof. Some seriously naughty shizz going on here, in between bouts of philosophical musings on why it's one's natural obligation to engage in anal sex with a cabal of debauched, French super-libertines, of course. And on a purely superficial level, the cover for the new Penguin Classics edition is ridic ...more
STRONG LANGUAGE ALERT - Do not read this review if you are under the age of 18 or are offended by explicit sexuality and extreme violence (this is the Marquis friggin' DeSade, after all, grow up people).

This is a very curious book in all respects.

It is the story of a young woman, Eugénie, semi-willingly corrupted by an older woman and a homosexual named Dolmancé to whom apparently women are fine as long as they keep their icky punani away from him (much of the "philosophy" is about why the butt
Carlos Clorth
It is the kind of book I picture Lars von Trier reading. I feel bad I actually had so much fun reading this. Some parts were kind of mediocre and I felt some phrases were repeated several times but loved the characters and the ending... THE ENDING. Also the "evilness" inexplicably childlike. I would only read this if I wanted to improve my relationship with my mum.
I keep thinking about sections of this book so I might buy it. It's certainly weird and sure I'll give 'Justine' or Salo a try.
Tannaz Pirasteh
و این کتاب شد اولین تجربه ی من از دوساد
شاید بتوانم این را برای این کتاب بنویسم که بعد از گذشت این همه سال نوشته های ساد حتماً به سختی و سنگینی گذشته برای خواننده نیست
هرچند حین خواندن کتاب به این فکر می کردم که واقعاً چه چیز باید در اندیشه ی انسانی باشد تا چنین بنویسد!
Dani Schechtel
TREMENDO LIBRO. Provocativo, excitante, bien erótico y bien filosófico. Sade expone su pensamiento radical por medio de un personaje masculino que junto a una mujer le explican a una jovencita de 15 años cómo se debe vivir: simplemente para tener sexo. Si bien muchas ideas son exageradas, como el hecho de que en realidad no existen Crímenes pues la naturaleza todo lo permite, es liberadora la manera en que incita a la libertad sexual, y lo que sorprende es que de ambos sexos, diciendo que todos ...more
Vladdan Oc
No apto para mentes pequeñas.

Más allá de lo erótico y perverso (o degenerado) del libro, la filosofía y política de las que nos habla dan mucho en lo que pensar.
Frederic Raymond
La philosophie dans le boudoir contient tout ce qui fait de Sade un auteur unique. Il y a de la philosophie, de la pornographie et de la torture. Un lecteur ne faisant que feuilleter le livre, en lisant des passages au hasard, pourra bien rigoler en lisant les scènes de sexe graphique écrits dans un vieux français. Cependant, lire le livre en totalité reste une expérience toute autre qui mène à une finale digne d'un roman d'horreur moderne, voire splatterpunk.
Interesting from an academic point of view, otherwise not my cup of tea. He is rather tedious and repetative and reminds me of Madonna circa 1991 - you know, always testing the limits of just how far he can go to outrage people.... I think the translation is very interesting - modern and accessible.
Cristina Garcia
A group of libertines take a young lady and educate her in all sorts of dark philosophies, like women becoming sex slaves to find freedom; sodomy appreciation; not helping those less fortunate; that what ultimately matters is your pleasure, even if others are caused pain by your actions. It really wasn’t my cup of tea, but there were a few interesting parts.

The cover. I can’t say enough how much I love this cover. First of all, the color scheme is simple, just red, yellow, and black. The pictur
Bu seneye dek Marquis de Sade okumaktan kaçtığım bir yazardı. Hakkında duyduklarım ve okuduklarım kendi hakkında bir önyargıya sahip olmama yetmişti de artmıştı bile. Bu sene ise akıl hastanesinde geçirmiş olduğu son yıllarını anlatan, aynı isimli bir filmden tiyatroya uyarlanan "Marquis de Sade - Tüy Kalemler" isimli oyuna gittim, gerçekten çok başarılı bir oyundu (bu sebepten zihnimde hep Durukan Ordu'nun sesi yankılandı kitabı okurken) ve üstüne de gidip yahu bir denesem diye Yatak Odasında F ...more
Po Po
Edited March 27, 2015.

Dear bookclub,

I am so sorry!!

Where to begin? This book is a monster. Not because of its length, but because of the depths of its depravity.

There is graphic buggery on every page. There are plenty of anti-mom sentiments. And also anti-family propaganda. We are told that the greatest pleasure in life is buggery-- and not hetero-buggery between man and woman-- but homo-buggery of man with boy. This is supposedly because of natural inclination and because (a) males have a more
Warning: explicit content ;)

Yeah.. Well, what can I say? I had to read this book for a course ('History of gender and sexuality'), belonging to my minor. The teacher 'warned' us in advance; he said reading the book might require some 'open mindedness'/'benevolence' - he also said it was kind of a mental attack/violation, or something like that. Well, I think it kind of was.
We read about a young girl, Eugénie, visiting her friend mme De Saint-Anges, with the goal to get 'educated'. Mme De Saint-
And so we come to the finale of my Sade reading project (that included, for context, Sade A Sudden Abyss by Annie Le Brun and The Sadeian Woman And the Ideology of Pornography by Angela Carter). I use these reviews as memory aids and sometimes as short essays to work out ideas, so it took me awhile to corral my thoughts into something coherent, but I apologize if I ramble. I'm no academic and I find that a great deal of headway can be made in encompassing a larger view of the world by actually embracing humility (while keeping one's critical senses sharp).

Short version - probably a good introd
It's really hard to rate this as personally I don't agree with Donatien-Alphonse-Francois de Sade's views but personally it helped me to understand the world of moral relativism that influenced authors as Flaubert and in some way is related to the view of authors as Baudelaire even if the later one tends to condemn such behaviour. Besides this, I have to say that the erotic narrative is nothing but totally ridiculous, not even scandalous once you read Dolmancé's arguments that lack of everything ...more
Hakan İlker
WOW! Aslında ilk önce şunu diyerek başlayacaktım ''Bu iki kitabı iki türlü okursunuz. Birincisi saçma salak seks diyaloglarıyla geçen araya felsefi şeyler serpilmiş bir erotik kitap olarak okursunuz. İkincisi ciddi felsefi şeylerin üstüne saçma sapan seks diyalogları serpiştirilmiş bir felsefe kitabı olarak okursunuz.'' diyerek başlayacaktım. Çünkü seks diyalogları -ilk başlarda- cidden saçma salaktı. Bunlara takılmak yerine çok farklı bir arzu-haz felsefesi içeren paragraflara odaklanmak lazım. ...more
So if you don't like reading erotica or don't like books the use foul language you should stay away from the Marquis de Sade.

Furthermore, if you've ever wondered about the etymology of the word sadism, it's from this man.

This book is meant to shock you, to rock you to your core. He challenges religion, politics and everything under the sun, all while narrating an orgy. This book is totally depraved and utterly riddled with debauchery.

I sometimes found his rants on politics, religion and the st
Cruel, depraved and ironical. I loved so much the way that Sade compares sex with religion and politics. I would have prefered that it had been written as an essay or a novel, because being a play loses a lot of development to a deep inquire about the author's real philosophy.
I ~read Justine when I was very young and prudish so I picked this up wondering if my reaction to de Sade would be any different now. The answer: no. Still think it's juvenile, reactionary garbage by a sociopath obsessed with anal sex.
Gertrude & Victoria
Philosophy in the Boudoir received only three stars mainly because of the subject matter, which is typically what one would find in his stories. They are licentious affairs, unrestrained by either convention or conscience. This book was too sade-istic for my liking. The characters' acts of cruetly and extreme barbarity, are taken to the farthest edges of societal tolerance. I would never recommend this work to women.

What I did like was de Sade's elegant style. His command of language is very rar
It was an interesting read though I don't agree with all the opinions of de Sade. In this book he expresses all his philosophical thought, much better than in Justine, and in my opinion he was really a genius (perhaps a genius in his madness). His philosophy is: nature is the mother of everything and people must only follow the laws of Nature. He expresses his thoughts about religion, society, human kind, politics, people and their morals...very original thoughts but they remain only a philosoph ...more

Scene di sesso (estremo) e dialoghi filosofici.

Non si può negare che de Sade abbia parlato con chiarezza di temi come l'esistenza di Dio, la pena di morte, l'omicidio, la libertà sessuale, il controllo demografico, l'auto-estinzione dell'Umanità.

La forza di de Sade rispetto al maestro Voltaire è l'essersi sbarazzato del teismo, malattia infantile dell'ateismo.

La debolezza è il non riconoscere che la nostra libertà finisce quando intacchiamo quella degli altri.

Alla fine mi vedo costretto ad ulter
This was my first literary venture into De Sade's work. I've watched Salo, and I've come across numerous philosophical works that reference him, so I was very intrigued and excited to read this.

Firstly, I very much enjoyed it. The overall reading experience is a lot of fun, and of course, erotic. However, the dialogue and actions are laughable at times, most likely due to its anchor in the vernacular of its time, but also the sheer immensity of certain mindsets, especially those of Dolmance.

Peter Brooks
de Sade's unfortunate reputation goes before him. Certainly none of his books are ones that you'd recommend to a maiden aunt. Part of their reputation is well earned.

However, it is, I think, a pity to dismiss him simply as a pornographer. His books are an unusual read, but are stimulating. His fierce anti-clericism is refreshing, if, as with most of what he says, rather on the extreme level.

What I find most informative, though, are his discussions of morality, ethics and government. de Sade was
Αυτό το βιβλίο δεν ήταν για μένα. Δεν κατάφερα να διαβάσω ούτε 100 σελίδες, και γι' αυτό το λόγο δεν είμαι σε θέση να κρίνω το περιεχόμενό του όπως, ίσως, του αρμόζει. Θα το ολοκληρώσω, κάποια στιγμή, περισσότερο επειδή ακούω πολλές καλές κριτικές, οι οποίες δεν εστιάζουν στη σεξουαλική οπτική του έργου του de Sade.
Ve Handojo
A fun blend of raunchy sex scenes with political and philosophical desertations, Philosophy in the Boudoir is my first Marquis de Sade's that confirms his wild and genius mind. Sade attempts to push mankind back to their nature, follow their true instinct, and let laws and regulations be humbled. Based on this boundless freedom government must be mainly built. There is no judgement of morals as the only boundary will be in one's own self. "I will not punish you for the murder you have committed. ...more
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Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade was a French aristocrat, revolutionary politician, philosopher, and writer famous for his libertine sexuality and lifestyle. His works include novels, short stories, plays, dialogues, and political tracts; in his lifetime some were published under his own name, while others appeared anonymously and Sade denied being their author. He is best known for his ...more
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