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The Torture Garden by Octave Mirbeau
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Aug 17, 2010

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bookshelves: fin-de-siecle, france, read-in-2010
Recommended to Nate D by: Mike E, via goodreads.
Read from September 26 to 30, 2010

Blood from blossoms, blossoms from blood, les fleurs du mal, terrible and exquisite sensations. Vicious, grotesque, fleetingly beautiful, then again utterly abject. Necessary and unnecessary. I'm startled, both by the fountaining bile of the book, and that any can claim this has been dulled by time into quaintness.

Murder is the very bed-rock of our social institutions, and consequently the most imperious necessity of civilized life. If it no longer existed, there would be no governments of any kind, by virtue of the admirable fact that crime in general and murder in particular are not only their excuse, but their only reason for being. We should then live in complete anarchy, which is inconceivable. So instead of seeking to eliminate murder, it is imperative that it be cultivated with intelligence and perseverance.

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