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Justine (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Great Read!

I purchased this book only because I was looking for something new and I happened to come accross it at the bookstore. What was intriguing was the fact that Marquis De Sade was the author which made me curious because I had not read any of his work. This book has some v...
I purchased this book only because I was looking for something new and I happened to come accross it at the bookstore. What was intriguing was the fact that Marquis De Sade was the author which made me curious because I had not read any of his work. This book has some very disturbing scenes that almost made me put down the book but I thought better of it and am not disappointed. It provides a psychological view to sexual experiences and if you are able to read it without judgment then you will appreciate the work for what it is. It is amazing that this was written so long ago and is still a dark, interesting and shocking masterpiece that will have you analyzing the characters desires and morality. The characters are not great yet they are what moves the story along and provide an ocean of actions to analyze.

posted by gigi_13 on April 1, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

21 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

Avoid this terrible translation of an important book!

Sade's 'Justine' is a major work in de Sade's career and a powerful work, but it's ruined by this horrible translation. The translator opted to use obsolete 'old English' phraseology (the translator uses ¿thee¿, ¿thy¿, and ¿thou¿), rendering the novel almost unreadable...
Sade's 'Justine' is a major work in de Sade's career and a powerful work, but it's ruined by this horrible translation. The translator opted to use obsolete 'old English' phraseology (the translator uses ¿thee¿, ¿thy¿, and ¿thou¿), rendering the novel almost unreadable and ruining the power and force of Sade¿s writing. In addition to the translation problems, this edition has an introduction that is loaded with factual errors. The person who wrote the introduction makes the ridiculous claim that ¿Justine¿ was the only time the Sade had a woman narrator, and discusses this at some length. Apparently, she never bothered to read ¿Julliette¿ or ¿Florville and Courval,¿ both major works of Sade, and both of which have female narrators. ¿Justine¿ can be found in far better English translations, with erudite commentary. Interested readers should seek out those volumes and avoid this one.

posted by Anonymous on February 12, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2006

    Avoid this terrible translation of an important book!

    Sade's 'Justine' is a major work in de Sade's career and a powerful work, but it's ruined by this horrible translation. The translator opted to use obsolete 'old English' phraseology (the translator uses ¿thee¿, ¿thy¿, and ¿thou¿), rendering the novel almost unreadable and ruining the power and force of Sade¿s writing. In addition to the translation problems, this edition has an introduction that is loaded with factual errors. The person who wrote the introduction makes the ridiculous claim that ¿Justine¿ was the only time the Sade had a woman narrator, and discusses this at some length. Apparently, she never bothered to read ¿Julliette¿ or ¿Florville and Courval,¿ both major works of Sade, and both of which have female narrators. ¿Justine¿ can be found in far better English translations, with erudite commentary. Interested readers should seek out those volumes and avoid this one.

    21 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2009

    !!??x***?$!!

    I agree with everything stated above. This is such a beautifully written book, but an awful translation... to anyone interested in reading Justine, choose any of the many translations out there, but I wouldn't reccomend this one!

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    Hmmmm

    You have to temember when it was written.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    Shadow

    It's Cuz He's A Manvvhore.

    0 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 29, 2011

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