59th out of 130 books — 232 voters
Gothic Tales of the Marquis de Sade
"The stories in this collection are among the most accessible of Sade's fiction. They range from the dramatic novella Eugenie de Franval - in which a father's criminal passion for his beautiful daughter leads to intrigue, abduction and murder - to comic tales such as 'The Husband Who Played Priest', concerning a lecherous monk who finds an ingenious way to combine clerical...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Peter Owen Publishers
(first published January 1st 1990)
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While waiting for "50 Shades of Gray" to come in at the library, I went on a little Sade kick! This just goes to show that by no means is society *more* perverse now. We've always been warped, now we simply have the means and lack of grace to kiss and tell to the masses. Great book! I actually like that it was completely descriptive. There's something to be said for letting one's imagination fill in the blanks! I would recommend these to anyone that likes erotica, Sade is the Father of the genre...more
A fascinating blend of high-minded ideology and smut. I think my favorite stories were Fatality and The Self-Made Cuckold. Fatality was just a fantasticly knotted tragedy that would have made the Classical Greeks weep with pride, and the Self-Made Cuckold was funny and rather satisfying in its back-handed defense of women's rights, such as they were. I found that this book was a real page turner, and that once I got into the groove of the slightly flowery language, the stories fairly flew by. Th...more
I read this only a few months ago, and enjoyed it. I never fancied his other stuff - Justine, etc - but found his life story interesting. I was a bit dubious about this one at first and expected more of the lecherous material (which I didn't read) for which he is infamous, though it probably reads pretty tame these jaded days. He was condemned by the revolutionary authorities for being too lenient and moderate, and he wrote one of his novels on toilet paper (I think) in the Bastille, hiding it b...more
An atypical collection of short stories by de Sade, quasi-religious and reverent, I was utterly moved and shaken by every utterance. If you’re looking for the quintessential de Sade, such as Justin, Juliette, 120 Days of Sodom, you should look elsewhere. Many of the central characters here have redeeming souls and qualities of goodness, are god-fearing, even pious, often moral in choice and deeply self-reflective. In their moments of darkness, despair and desperation, there was also comfort, com...more
I wasn’t that impressed. Maybe something was lost in the translation from French to English, but the stories although sordid are just rehashing of stories you already know with some sexual weirdness thrown in. I guess it’s groundbreaking based on the time period it was written, but I didn’t think the writing was anything special at all.
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...moreMore about Marquis de Sade...