The 120 Days of Sodom

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The 120 Days of Sodom, or the School of Libertinism is a novel by the French writer and nobleman Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade. It tells the story of four wealthy male libertines who resolve to experience the ultimate sexual gratification in orgies. To do this, they seal themselves away for four months in an inaccessible castle with a harem of 46 victims, mostly young male and female teenagers, and engage four female brothel keepers to tell the stories of their lives and adventures. The women's ...
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Overview

The 120 Days of Sodom, or the School of Libertinism is a novel by the French writer and nobleman Donatien Alphonse François, Marquis de Sade. It tells the story of four wealthy male libertines who resolve to experience the ultimate sexual gratification in orgies. To do this, they seal themselves away for four months in an inaccessible castle with a harem of 46 victims, mostly young male and female teenagers, and engage four female brothel keepers to tell the stories of their lives and adventures. The women's narratives form an inspiration for the sexual abuse and torture of the victims, which gradually mounts in intensity and ends in their slaughter. The 120 Days Of Sodom is set in a remote medieval castle, high in the mountains and surrounded by forests, detached from the rest of the world. The novel takes place over five months, November to March. Four wealthy libertines lock themselves in a castle, the Château de Silling, along with a number of victims and accomplices.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781484008096
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Pages: 458
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

H. G. Wells (1866—1946) was a professional writer and journalist who published more than a hundred books. He is widely considered the father of science fiction.
Gillian Beer is president of the British Comparative Literature Association.
Michael Foot is a former leader of the Labour Party in England and the author of numerous volumes of literary criticism.
Simon J. James is a lecturer in Victorian literature at the University of Durham.
John S. Partington is the editor of The Wellsian, the annual journal of the H. G. Wells Society.
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Table of Contents

Book 1 The Making of a Man
1 Concerning a Book That Was Never Written 3
2 Bromstead and my Father 13
3 Scholastic 47
4 Adolescence 91
Book 2 Margaret
1 Margaret in Staffordshire 157
2 Margaret in London 193
3 Margaret in Venice 235
4 The House in Westminster 243
Book 3 The Heart of Politics
1 The Riddle for the Statesman 281
2 Seeking Associates 325
3 Secession 369
4 The Besetting of Sex 387
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  • Posted December 15, 2009

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    The 120 Days of Sodom

    Without a doubt "The 120 Days of Sodom" is a beautifully written book... only if you can stomach it's content. Enticing though grotesque; picturesque though disturbingly so; this is an exhaustive piece of fiction, most definitely. It provides some sort of enjoyment, and in lack of being able to describe it in a better way... here's a try: after I choked through it, I enjoyed defacing it's pages by shredding them even more. I did however, keep it's introduction and aftermath intact; also it's tattered pages in an ice-cream gallon bucket underneath my bed as a guilty fascination. Though I can no longer read it, I can keep it's pieces in a safe place like keeping it's perverted contents in my mind. And again, though unhealthy, it's simply and purely fascination.

    As a writer, the Marquis De Sade has accomplished the creation of the most deformed characters known to anyone. "The 120 Days of Sodom" certainly doesn't disappoint in regards to such a statement. Nothing is sacred in this book. All it's innocent individuals are nothing more than disposable cartoon characters, forced to entertain the Four Lords of Sodom as called for. All the young men and women that are kept against their will in the chateau of misery can only expect complete and total humiliation and pain. Anything from turd manias, incest, rape, murder only for the intent of masturbation, the amputation of breasts and serving them as delicacies, sodomy and rape involving beasts and the ingestion of baby fetus happens in this tale; leaving absolutely no one/nothing untainted and/or deformed in some way.

    I do not recommend this book to anyone. But, at the same time I feel selfish because of it. It's as if I have suddenly acquired some disturbing intelligence that I don't want to share with others. So in order to disclaim any self-centered feelings I have towards this book: read at your own risk, your own disclosure and your own frame of mind.

    ~Good luck.

    25 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Do NOT buy this book

    A friend recommended this book to me when I asked for a good horror story. What this book turned out to be can be described in two words "pedophilia erotica." The majority of this book is filled with sadistic rape of children and teenagers. There is no deeper story to be found here, they even tell you that the book is meant to be enjoyed in a sexual way, and since 90% of that book is the rape of children this really is a sick book. I can't think of a single reason why B/N would sell such filth other than to have a way of tracking such disgusting people.

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2012

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    A very disturbing tale.  Not for the squeamish.  This book was a

    A very disturbing tale.  Not for the squeamish.  This book was also made into a disturbing movie that stays true to the books contents.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Gross

    Awful book.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    Hard to keep up with

    I saw the movie so had to read the book..yes im somewhat of a sadist in my reading and film choices hah. Anyway..book is very very drawn out..a lot of detail. The old men are portrayed as extremely horny and very sadistic which i suppose is how they are supposed to be portrayed. The prostitutes tales are very interesting..although at one point i decided to stop reading them..just too many. I would like to try reading this book again.

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