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Posted December 31, 2003
Concerning, '120 Days of Sodom', it seems, to me, the first and foremost look at perversity to such an extent. It is much like a narrative look into Richard Von Krafft-Ebing's, 'Psychopathia Sexualis', which was written a century later. Sigmund Freud's, 'Three Theory's on Sexuality', simply spells prospects out bluntly, but I believe, he was tainted in the sexual aspect, himself. In, 'Ernestine', the Marquis gives us an interesting view on the philosophy of capital punishment and on that of forgiveness. You will find true horror in this encapsulating novella, however, there is found solace in beauty. The Balance is well ascertained. 'Oxtiern' was a broken-glass version of, 'Ernestine', in play form, with an alternate ending. 'Ernestine', is one of my favorite novellas' of all time.
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Posted January 8, 2001
One of the most controversial novels ever written, DAYS explores exactly 120 days in the perverted, twisted lives of four Aristocrats and their cult of sex slaves; many of whome are the very low lifes of both Sade's times and ours. Easy to follow yet the Introduction to each character is a bit on the dull side, things pick up in the first chapter entitled 'The First Day' where one of our Aristocrats measures himself to that of a young girl then proceeds to ____ you get the idea. Not for all tastes but if you like to read something for fun or to see the poetic beauty of a man convicted of free speech 100 years before Freud, then buy 120 Days and enjoy. If not, steer clear!Also included in this book is Sade's play 'Oxteriern' and his novella 'Ernestine' which I'm looking forward to reading and two very good explorations of the Marquis de Sade.
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Posted September 5, 2009
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