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The 120 Days of Sodom and Other Writings

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    Don't Judge a Book by Its Author

    So, the Marquis is knee-jerk hated by many people. I mean, after all, someone attached him to the term "sadism". However, it's time for you to make up your own mind.

    I finally picked this up due to the Camille Paglia's recommendation in her equally astounding book "Sexual Personae". I mean, I like French philosophers, et al, so I knew who he was and his basic context, but she convinced me that his writing was largely misunderstood. I now agree.

    This particular edition has a couple of excellent essays at the beginning, including "Must We Burn Sade?" by Simone de Beauvoir, in which she is writing at her meticulous, lucid best. It sets you up to intelligently grapple with what you're about to encounter.

    Sade was a fascinating, broken, visionary, pathetic, transcendent man. He had a singular vision and pursued it in the face of horrendous difficulties, many of which he encouraged. His subject matter, though distasteful to some, is a perfectly valid expression of one side of the human psyche.

    Give it due attention, and you just might end up understanding yourself better.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2001


    I knew that the Marquis was one disturbed individual, but the whole idea of sadism and twisted imagination was reborn in my mind after reading the 120 Days Of Sodom. The story was incredible. When I saw the movie Quills, (an excellent movie) I somewhat got an idea of why the Marquis was the way he was, but I was still wondering. After reading the passage of 'Must We Burn Sade?' by Simone de Beauvoir, I have an even better concept of why. In the future, I hope to get my hands on Justine and The Crimes Of Love. Until then, I will amuse myself with Oxitern. Keep on reading people!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 15, 2012

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