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The 120 Days of Sodom and Other Writings

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Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is not one for everyone. I am not sure if it is intended for ANYONE actually.

Here are the ravings of a lunatic. Explicit, alluring, majestic: Just a bunch of adjectives that contradict each other. A man imprisoned does his damn hardest to escape his jail by writing about what he knows & likes best: SEX. There is just sooo much detail upon detail that you know that in the 36 days it took the Marquis de Sade to concoct such a phantasmagoria of gore he rested not too much. This is marathon
mark monday
Jun 15, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
'tis the season...


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yes i know that Mr. Donatien-Alphonse-Francois de Sade was all about the freedom of the spirit and the power of the mind to free itself from all fetters, and that those are the underlying themes of all of his works... ugh, who cares? too much genital mutilation and too much shit-eating does not make me want to embrace freedom, it makes me want to lock people up!

i loathed the Pasolini adaptation, Salo. pictured above.

on the other hand, the Peter Brook
K.D. Absolutely
Oct 11, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
A long disgusting book. Granted that this is well-written and the author wrote this for patriotic reason, I still don't like this book.

Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade (1740-1814) wrote 120 Days of Sodom to disgust the French people against the corruption in the government of King Louis XIV. Sade was an French aristocrat, revolutionary, writer and a libertine, i.e., one that devoid of moral restraints. This book, 120 Days of Sodom and Other Writings is an erotic book with his philosop
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stevenmoore
Only one essential is missing from our happiness--pleasure through comparison, a pleasure which can only be born from the sight of the unhappy, and we see none of that breed here It's at the sight of the man who isn't enjoying what I have and who is suffering that I know the charm of being able to say: I am happier than he is. Wherever men are equal and differences do not exist, happiness will never exist.

Following such ill-found advice I am left unable to rate or compare 120 Days of Sodom with
Jan 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers desperately wanting to appear subversive.
Chances are, if you own this book, you've never finished it. And the reason why isn't because you were disturbed or offended or shocked, but that by about Day 35, you had become so completely deadened, you just quit. Reading this book is a litmus test that proves how quickly you become inured to graphic violence and once you do, how tedious it becomes. The effect is kind of like watching a "A Clockwork Orange" backwards. Or listening to adolescent boys trying to one-up each other with gross-out ...more
(This was not exactly new reading for me, but I just wrote an essay largely on it, hence the 'date read' above.

Also, trigger warning. I quote from Sade, albeit briefly. Quote is in italics, so you can skip it if you so choose.)

Sometimes I think of myself in opposition to Sade.

This is too simple, of course. I can and have defended Sade on a variety of occasions, in a variety of different contexts; I don't think he should be censored, and in fact am quite glad that his works have been published an
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
The book presents one of the many ways men imagine heaven to be.

Four wealthy men (the "heroes") assemble a cast of former prostitutes (who'll serve as their storytellers and supervisors to their sex slaves), cooks (to prepare their meals), servants (to attend their other needs), beautiful boys/men and girls/women (some of them their very own daughters/wives, a majority kidnapped from various places), for the sole purpose of giving themselves pleasure.

Heaven for 120 days. Marquis de Sade wrote th
The Marquis de Sade was an extraordinarily interesting historical figure, but as far as I can tell, he wasn't actually a very good writer. Admittedly, this is the only one of his books I've read, so maybe I'm missing out on something, but if this is how he always writes, he makes Stephenie Meyer look like Shakespeare. I managed to get through the entire thing, but only because I made myself. I was probably unconsciously punishing myself for something, because NO ONE should ever do that. Not only ...more
Dec 24, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french
Read as the result of being downloaded online with two giggling friends. Oh, the youth of today! Nothing good was on telly. The giggling didn't last long, however; this is the fastest way to desensitise yourself in the most boring way ever. This is the setup: A group of people listen to some old slag relating tales of her misspent youth, then they go off and have some jolly japes reenacting her sage wisdom. Rinse and repeat. It's dull after a few pages. You'd think for someone locked in the Bast ...more
Todd Crawford
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What's more shocking than the exploits of the novel's libertine protagonists is Sade's philosophy which precedes his time with musings to make Freud jealous long before his term. This book is not written for the casual reader, or many people at all, but rather the cancers on the face of the planet such as de Sade himself, who live Nietzsche's laws to the fullest, and expect nothing of life but to usurp it and its inhabitants of all pleasure. Although it is a book that I thoroughly enjoyed, it is ...more
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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 ...more
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“Sexual pleasure is, I agree, a passion to which all others are subordinate but in which they all unite.” 131 likes
“Beauty belongs to the sphere of the simple, the ordinary, whilst ugliness is something extraordinary, and there is no question but that every ardent imagination prefers in lubricity, the extraordinary to the commonplace” 91 likes
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