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Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille
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Read in February, 2007

Many have claimed that this is the most atrocious perverse thing they've ever experienced or conversely the most illuminating, mind-expanding thing they've every experienced, so of course I had to check it out. I found it to be neither. Indeed, the book was pretty fucking weird and perverse. And that coming from me is saying something. However, it wasn't anywhere near my "too out there" benchmarks set by other books and/or films. Anyway, the book is Bataille's take on the human condition which apparently he felt the need to discuss via fetishistic pornographic prose. That said, there is no doubt much symbolism in the novel that at this time I'm too disinterested to pursue; chiefly the eye and eggs as well as other liquids. In the epilogue the author explains that the novel was basically a form of therapy for him which he used to exorcise various demons from his childhood.

Anyway, all of this is just a first impression. The author has supposedly been a major influence to a myriad philosophers and artists, so perhaps I'm judging too quickly. I'm definitely interested in reading more of his works and finding out why he's been referred to on Amazon as the "metaphysician of evil."
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