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Le Valet de Sade

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  147 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Au XVIIIe siècle, un enfant au regard terrifiant naît à Honfleur. Il se nomme Latour et révèle, en grandissant, une totale insensibilité à la douleur. Après une formation chez un taxidermiste, il quitte la Normandie pour Paris où commence vraiment son aventure. Obsédé par son infirmité, Latour devient meurtrier ; il tue et dissèque dans l'espoir de percer le mystère de la ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 270 pages
Published March 29th 2000 by Babel (first published 1996)
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Psuke
Oct 14, 2009 Psuke rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly disappointed in this book...it went nowhere and did nothing. I didn't requite that the author attempt to out-do, or even re-do de Sade, but there was an opportunity to do *something* interesting with a character that felt no pain, who attempted amateur autopsies on his victims to try and discover the neurological foundation for pain, and who was de Sade's valet for a time.

Instead it was an endless round of unconscious movements for unknown and generally unexamined reasons. The only int
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Ina
Oct 16, 2008 Ina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavian
Disappointing like the german edition - maybe little better to read because I could read it in original language. Like with other books with french backgound - I don't like it too much, maybe I'm a little bit frankphob.

Wie ich leider erst nach 90(!) Seiten festgestellt habe hatte ich das Buch schon einmal auf Deutsch gelesen - das Ergebnis war wohl so enttäuschend dass ich das Buch und seine Handlung verdrängt haben muss und wiederum (wie schon bei der deutschen Edition)auf den verführerischen K
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Amandine
Sep 13, 2013 Amandine rated it it was amazing
Fascinant. Une ressemblance fort marquée avec Le parfum de Süskind tout d'abord, qui se laisse ensuite oublier au fil des pérégrinations du valet et des apparitions de Sade. Le second est représenté tel que je l'ai connu en tant qu'auteur et à travers mes lectures critiques ; le premier semble plus romancé, mais fascine par sa quête et sa froide détermination. Une narration qui m'a marquée plus encore, alternant première et troisième personne en fonction des chapitres, usant aussi bien des longu ...more
Becky
I really wanted to like this one, I have read several books with a 'Perfume/de Sade/Casanova' theme this year, and have enjoyed them all, so was looking forward to a similar experience of exploring the seedier aspects of 18th century society. This novel certainly does do that, however the result was not as satisfying as I had hoped. This follows the exploits of de Sade's valet, a genuine historical character who was at one point arrested alongside the Marquis for buggery and assorted other crime ...more
Orange Bleu
Aug 31, 2016 Orange Bleu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kniha stejně zběsilá a horečnatá jako sám život na okraji francouzské společnosti v dobách rodícího se libertinství a osvícenského materialismu. Pro Latoura představuje okolní svět jedno velké "theatrum anatomicum"; jeho bezmezná posedlost stavbou lidského těla a zejména fungováním mozku vychází z vrozené anomálie spočívající v neschopnosti cítit bolest - atmosféra prostředí plného nenávisti a morálního úpadku ("Všechno se děje z nutnosti, dobro a zlo jsou jen prvky nutnosti." s. 110) však tuto ...more
Henrik
Dec 11, 2015 Henrik rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Handlingen er lagt til Frankrike på 1700-tallet. Latour er sønn av den forhatte ågerkjerringa Bou-Bou. Han er født uten evne til å føle smerte, og han har helt fra han var liten gutt vakt oppsikt i landsbyen på grunn av sitt frastøtende utseende. Da moren dør flytter Latour til Paris hvor han får tjeneste som lakei hos marki de Sade. Side om side med markiens libertinske livsførsel, søker Latour skånselsløst etter smertesenteret i hjernen. Og han søker hevn over dem han holder ansvarlig for more ...more
Callie S.
Jul 10, 2012 Callie S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lo leggi con la pancia e ti rovescia lo stomaco: è un libro viscerale. Tetro, terribile, gratuito, ma scritto benissimo.
Ho orrore di me stessa nel dirlo, perché quest'opera è un prolungato esercizio di sadismo, ma sono rimasta incollata dalla prima all'ultima pagina.
Per una storia che mira a sfibrare il nervo, insidioso come morfina.
Ann-Kristin
Oct 25, 2012 Ann-Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
7 years after I first read this I found out that the autor was born in Norway..:)
I really love the atmosphere in this book and as many say, it reminds me of the "Perfume" book.
Latour is a character that gives me goosebumps, not of the happy kind.

Hayley
Jan 26, 2016 Hayley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't bother with this one. The tone is uniformly ugly and unpleasant, but not in enough detail to actually make an impression. I would actually have preferred if De Sade's Valet had outraged me, because that at least would be an impression. As it is, I've got nothing.
Caroline
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Paddy O'callaghan
Sep 26, 2012 Paddy O'callaghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


A hitherto component of Sade's life which has lain unappreciated until not. Even the best Sade biographies fail to give Latour enough page space.
Gunnhild
Oct 22, 2012 Gunnhild rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: norwegian
I'm not going to pretend I'm reading this in lithuanian, there just wasn't any other goodreads version (and I was too lazy to make one..)
Rune Kaus
Jul 24, 2011 Rune Kaus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deler av denne boken er helt brilliant skrevet, mens andre deler er helt uforståelig dårlig. Spennende historie. Anbefalt med forbehold. Likte du Parfymen, kan det godt hende at du liker denne også.
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