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The 120 Days of Sodom

3.12  ·  Rating details ·  9,746 ratings  ·  742 reviews
The 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis de Sade relates the story of four wealthy men who enslave 24 mostly teenaged victims and sexually torture them while listening to stories told by old prostitutes. The book was written while Sade was imprisoned in the Bastille and the manuscript was lost during the storming of the Bastille. Sade wrote that he "wept tears of blood" over the ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published June 23rd 2008 by Wilder Publications (first published 1785)
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Ana The movie is a cult classic and it was great.
Its an old one (1975) so give Pasolini the credit for making controversy in such early ages. Also, it is…more
The movie is a cult classic and it was great.
Its an old one (1975) so give Pasolini the credit for making controversy in such early ages. Also, it is suposed to be a political statement, not a glamour special effects movie.
The story is told in a cold, political manner - which is highly sarcastic - because the movie is nothing but political.
In conclusion, it's the kind of movie that makes you wonder who was the insane person that had that idea of making such a film.(less)
Lucy Not necessarily. The purpose as stated by Sade is to allow the reader to 'pick whichever pleasures inflame them' - meaning that its stated purpose is…moreNot necessarily. The purpose as stated by Sade is to allow the reader to 'pick whichever pleasures inflame them' - meaning that its stated purpose is pure eroticism (although I'm not sure anyone could find this erotic). Alternately, reading this book could allow you some insight into Sade's life and philosophy , and encourage thought on the principles of libertinage that are laid plainly here. But, truth be told, this book mostly feels like shock after shock - so I might give it a miss if it isn't your thing. (less)

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Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literature, france
Zelmire is an exceptionally beautiful name. It’s a shame I’d never be able to bestow it on my daughter for fear of her asking someday where I got the idea...
Paquita Maria Sanchez
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Your Boss's Kid
Recommended to Paquita Maria by: AMAZON DOT COM!
Shelves: literature, france

You can buy this 2009 dramedy used from THE AMAZON for as low as $1.65! You may be saying "What a deal! But what is it all about?" Well, I'll tell you! LOL!

This is the story of a boy who works for a successful greeting card company. One day, his boss hires a new assistant named Sodom who, in typical MPDG fashion, has decided that she doesn't believe in love anymore, and that Frank Zappa's classic song Any Way the Wind Blows is her life philosophy, because she likes subversive Psychedelic Rock
JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust

Marquis De Sade described his novel as "the most impure tale that has ever been told since our world began". .

I know I've said this numerous times but I've never meant it more than I do right now. THIS. STORY . IS. NOT. FOR. EVERYONE. It's obnoxiously repetitive, gruesome beyond belief, and just plain disgusting. With that said, the authors imagination is disturbingly fascinating and surprisingly comical... **don't judge me!** De Sage managed to make
Manuel Antão
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2008
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

(Original Review, 2008)

Philosophy in the Bedroom: "The 120 Days of Sodom" by Marquis De Sade

Personally,I think the way to understand De Sade is as a global pioneer in the art of trolling. His actual sexual acts were fairly tame in the broad scheme of things - 15 year-old servants, but people were getting married at that age in his time. As far as history records, his actual practical sexual tastes didn't extend much further than a
Nov 20, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that when I say this book was an amazing read, I am attempting to indicate that I was amazed in the real sense of the word - I was astounded by the gravity of the text I was engulfed in; darkly enthralled by the sheer disgust I felt. I have never in my life been more horrified and strangely captivated by a book and although it was not a pleasure read I feel it was an important book to explore, although not one I would rush to read again.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, 2020-read
Scholars have tried to read all kinds of things into de Sade's cornerstone of transgressive literature: Is it a book about totalitarianism, as Pasolini's movie version implies? Is it trying to shed light on humanity's dark side, as Simone de Beauvoir suggests? Are we dealing with a satirical take on Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Camille Paglia's opinion), or even with a work of "pornology", as Gilles Deleuze assumes? I tend to take a more radical view: This book is the epitomy of nihilism, it is not ...more
Anthony Gramuglia
Apr 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
I am not a prude. I am not the type of person who will hesitate from delving into works others might find dark. One of my favorite novels is the Exorcist, commonly regarded as one of the most terrifying books ever written. I have pictures on the push-pin board in front of me while I write this containing images from Silent Hill, Audition, and other really gruesome stuff...of course, next to that I have pictures from It's a Wonderful Life and Aladdin, but that's not the point! Point is, I have no ...more
Emily May
Aug 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Well, what's to like? The part where a grown man (view spoiler)
David Acevedo
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the things that I like most about good literature is its ability to break the confines of conventionalism. Literature, in that sense, is tantamount to being a libertine.

This novel takes the reader to the darkest of the darkest corners of possible, degrading, violent, scatological behaviour. And yet, the fact that it creates a certain fascination that will not allow the reader to halt his or her reading the text, is an achievement in itself.

The 120 Days of Sodom is a voyage of cruelty,
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
WARNING: This review talks about some very gruesome things but if you’re considering reading this book, you’d best be ready for gore.

First- can we talk about the fact that in the edition I read (Wilder Publications 2008), there’s an amazing offense warning on it? Why is it amazing, you ask? Thanks for playing. Because it reads as follows:

“This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today. Parents might wish to discuss with their
What is this horrible, frightening, unreadable novel about?
The End.
The end of illusion, the end of hope, the end of confidence; the end of a century and its promises to mankind.

Donatien de Sade has been called pornographer and philosopher, lunatic and intellectual, hero and criminal: Sade was much more than that. He was the spiritual offspring of a century, the 18th - the age of Enlightment and Darkness that began with the triumph of Reason and ended up with the apotheosis of Madness. A
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Okay. Good lord. Where the hell do I start.

I hesitated before reading this book because I despise the concept of Libertinism and saw myself throwing my iphone across the room. I do like Sade's views on homosexuality and women's sexual freedom. But the rest of his work is just a clusterfuck of coprophagia, pedophilia, homocide, incest, sodomy, torture, sacriligion, disembowling, rape, orgies, spilled seed and horribleness.

With that being said, I read both 120 Days of Sodom and La Philosophie dans
Jan 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: francais
Repugnant. Disgusting. Shocking. Extreme. No-one can mix eroticism and horror like Sade, and here he is at his best. Definitely not for the faint of heart. So appalling you can't put it down.
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never thought that I would become tired of sex. In the last twelve months, however, I’ve done it more times, and with more women, than I had in all the previous years of my life combined; and recently I’ve noticed a change, a hint of boredom creeping into my lovemaking, like the shadow of a pot-bellied man crawling up a bedroom wall. I had once been so easy to please, so straightforward in my tastes, but now? If someone were to suggest the missionary position I would be horrified. The shadow ...more
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it
I must confess, even as a very avid consumer of literature, I have never before been compelled to actually write a book review – this one did.
This book explores the absolute depths of human corruption, and is the most depraved piece of text I have ever read. Unlike many of the reviewers here, I endured the whole, and reached the end – day 120.

This sordid 450 page tome is divided across four stages or ‘passions’ equating to the level of depravity the libertines are allowed to explore: one,
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Didn't like it,
didn't care about the imagery,
think it overrated, boring and a distasteful mess, badly written at that,
believe that it became notorious only due to lack of good porn at that time,
etc etc etc. Meh.
Jay Green
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly ridiculous and all the better for it.
Jul 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: classics, horror
A word to those who put this on their to-read list: I'm fairly certain this version of the book is the watered down version. If you want to read the original, there's an e-book version floating around online. That's what I read.

Of course I didn't like it. This was the most disgusting book I've ever read, and I doubt there is any as vile out there in the world. For grammar and wording it would receive 5 stars; de Sade is certainly intelligent...the more to fear him.

The book is about four
Sofia Rodriguez
I honestly don't know if I can finish this book. I was recommended this book after reading "American Psycho". I was looking for something that would feed my craving for a gore fest thriller. I don't know what this is. The first couple of pages left me questioning my sanity as to if I should finish it (a question that I thought would be a clear NO for someone who was mentally healthy). But I continued. I bought this book about a year ago and am still grappling with how gross and utterly ...more
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
What should I say? Oh yes I bought this book, I haven't yet read to the end. But it's a thought provoking book, and Marquis de Sade's great sense of humor and satire is quite charming.

Well, if you don't want to chew through the full 1000 pages of this thick book, at least try Salo or The 120 Days of Sodom!! A "fearsome work of art" it is!
Oct 26, 2012 rated it liked it
This book taught me that I am still capable of being offended.

120 days of Sodom is the ultimate "boot-camp for the psyche" experience. Rating this monstrosity was extremely difficult for me because, although it was the most atrocious thing I've ever read in my life, it affected me significantly. It did not affect me in a satisfactory way, rather it affected me in the sense that I need to scrape my brain to rid myself of some of the imagery and ideas painted in this sacrilege. Ultimately, I
Feb 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
**Spoilers ahead**

I know, how could this book have spoilers? Well I'm listing most of what the books covers in case anyone is dying of curiosity to read it, and upon getting the gist will maybe decide it's not worth the time.

The book covers incest, pedophilia, shit (more than anything else, shit), vomit, piss, sodomy, rape, gang rape, whipping, bondage, forced orgasms, humiliation, prostitution, kidnapping, burning, dressing up like animals, bone breaking, bestiality, drugging/poisoning, sexual
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-bought
What is there not to like about the new translation of Marquis de Sade's "The 120 Days of Sodom?" Will McMorran and Thomas Wynn translate it, and their work brings Sade's language/writing to the contemporary world. This doesn't mean it's full of Urban language slang words, but it reads extremely well. And oddly enough this is the first time I've read "The 120 Days of Sodom."

What's interesting is not the sex, which of course it is a big part of the book, but the Sade organized his series of
Sotiris Karaiskos
This is a book that I would not normally read, but totally randomly a Greek translation dropped into my handand my morbid curiosity - which often puts me in trouble - won the battle and so I started to read it. The reason for my hesitancy will look strange to you, but it was not the creepy descriptions of extreme sexual passions for which this book is famous, the reason was purely political. This form of freedom propagated by the author, freedom without boundaries even if it is directed against ...more
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone and everyone who isn't easily shocked (and a good deal of those who are).
I was pleasantly surprised.

For one, I wasn't nearly as disturbed and disgusted as I was expecting to be (although, to be fair, I had heard many things about how horrid it was. How anyone can be shocked when there's such a to-do about something, I don't know.)

For two, it is by far the most interesting book I have ever read. Everything about it was interesting: the narrator, the kinks and fetishes, the discussions that the characters had, the word choice, the fact that it's a rough draft (and even
So, I wrote this upon finishing this book: "Ummmm. Give me a while to pull some thoughts together. This was definitely a book. I will not be rating it."

That was mid-October. I don't think I've managed to pull those thoughts together. I don't think I ever will. I mean, I read some reviews going in to this book, but even the ones that were explicit about the contents didn't prepare me.

I picked this book up because of the Read Harder Challenge. One of the challenges was to read a book that was
Apr 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Read a lifetime ago.

Nov 08, 2012 rated it liked it
this book is fucked up. it is profluent the way true crime is profluent. I would liken it to Butters' (South Park character Butters T. Stoch) "The Adventures of Scrotie McBoogerballs." Only it was written 240 years ago.

The only way to really accept this narrative is to think of the main characters, the 4 Lords of Sodom, as cartoon characters. Their primary attributes and motivations and countenances are very cartoonish. The most interesting parts in here were Dulcet's anecdotes.

When people
Yomna hosny
Feb 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Okay so I labored through the first 100 pages of this book and other than "eww" and "yawn" I don't understand how this is considered "literature" ?? It's not even that well written.

It takes a while to get used to the "jargon" (maybe it was just the translation?) and then you have to filter through all the inconsequential annoying details. Seriously, people have been describing their food since waaaay before instagram came around.

This probably makes me a horrible person but honestly.. all I
Amy (Other Amy)
Jul 05, 2015 marked it as dnf
Recommends it for: no one at all
Recommended to Amy (Other Amy) by: the 1001 people, who need their heads examined
I decided on pure whim to make a go at this and Justine last year. (They're both on that silly 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list I'm sort of picking off of.) Honestly, I didn't make it past the opening with this. I got to the guy who had (view spoiler)*, gagged, and quit. Didn't even make it to the torture.

While researching some banned book issues recently, I came across this from Wikipedia
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Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade (1740-1814) 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
“If it is the dirty element that gives pleasure to the act of lust, then the dirtier it is, the more pleasurable it is bound to be.” 124 likes
“Oh, there are plenty of people," the Duc used to observe, "who never misbehave save when passion spurs them to ill; later, the fire gone out of them, their now calm spirit peacefully returns to the path of virtue and, thus passing their life going from strife to error and from error to remorse, they end their days in such a way there is no telling just what roles they have enacted on earth. Such persons," he would continue, "must surely be miserable: forever drifting, continually undecided, their entire life is spent detesting in the morning what they did the evening before. Certain to repent of the pleasures they taste, they take their delight in quaking, in such sort they become at once virtuous in crime and criminal in virtue.” 26 likes
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