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Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille
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May 04, 11

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For me, this was a book I read to say I had read it. I had discussed this book (and joked about its vulgarity) with friends before, and had even thumbed through it, but had never taken it cover-to-cover. The author admits at the end that this was an exercise, and tries to determine what real-life events in his life might have inspired the depraved, explicit, and pornographic events in the short tale.

I can see a different class of folks taking this seriously, and perhaps taking pleasure in the acts described in the book. I read it more as something put down on paper by a writer determined to see where the visceral, base, animalistic side of his hand took him. For sure, there is joke fodder here.

I recommend giving this as a Christmas gift - with a disclaimer.

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