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Marquis De Sade

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2001

    one sick individual

    my curiousity of notorious historical figures drew me to this book.. before I read it, I knew next to nothing about Sade... Schaeffer's book is extremely informative due to his unbelievably exhaustive research.. the first few pages of the book are tiresome as he continually recounts an episode in Sade's childhood and a dream he had, as if this explains the marquis' wicked lifestyle.. after I got past that, I almost quit reading the book because of Sade's 'satanic' activity with a prostitute..however, the book drew me in deeply the more I read it.. Sade was repulsive, yet fascinating, even humorous.. I found especially funny when I read about 'ahh...the hen is ready to lay an egg'.. you will have to find out what that means on your own because I cannot possibly type the meaning.. I had no idea how gory the French Revolution was until I read about how the ditches overflowed with blood and the streets stank of corpses.. and when reading about the ill-fated Princess de Lamballe, I couldn't help but think of Ed Gein... I would recommend this book to anyone who is not extremely religious and has a strong stomach.. it's a superb reconstruction of Sade's life in an important era of French history.. I have already bought Justine and 120 Days of Sodom, but need to take a break from Sade for a while before my mind becomes completely warped!

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