The 120 Days Of Sodom

The 120 Days Of Sodom

by Marquis de Sade

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ISBN-13: 9781604594188
Publisher: Wilder Publications
Publication date: 06/26/2008
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 400,166
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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120 Days of Sodom 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
SarcasticLint More than 1 year ago
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.
Battleblade More than 1 year ago
A very disturbing tale.  Not for the squeamish.  This book was also made into a disturbing movie that stays true to the books contents.
Psychodrama on LibraryThing 7 months ago
A word to those who put this on their to-read list: I'm fairly certain this version of the book is the watered down version. If you want to read the original, there's an e-book version floating around online. That's what I read. Of course I didn't like it. This was the most disgusting book I've ever read, and I doubt there is any as vile out there in the world. For grammar and wording it would receive 5 stars; de Sade is certainly intelligent...the more to fear him. Th...more A word to those who put this on their to-read list: I'm fairly certain this version of the book is the watered down version. If you want to read the original, there's an e-book version floating around online. That's what I read. Of course I didn't like it. This was the most disgusting book I've ever read, and I doubt there is any as vile out there in the world. For grammar and wording it would receive 5 stars; de Sade is certainly intelligent...the more to fear him. The book is about four disgusting men who decide to assign men to kidnap hundreds of children, choose from ten young boys and girls (the others are sold as prostitutes), then hole themselves in a secluded location. Along with them are four old women (employed to keep watch over the chilren), several well-endowed men used for the purpose of you-guess-what to the four men in charge and the children, and four women storytellers who amuse the main men (the self-proclaimed libertines) by recalling stories from their lives of prostitution. The libertines are disgusting...in the introduction we are told of how they've killed their own children and raped all of them, as well as killed many others, so you know what's in store for later. However, they like to prolong everything, which is why they don't deflower the children from the very beginning, and why the stories start out only slightly shocking. As time goes on, the stories get more disgusting (bodily functions come into play), but still readable. After the stories are told, the libertines like to re-enact much of that told in the stories. Over time one begins to feel like Sade exhausted all of his perverse ideas...this is a false security. The real horrors begin in the second-to-last chapter, the forty-third day, in which violence begins to mingle with sexual acts. It's like a Saw series from the 1700s, but with violence AND sex, which makes it all the worse in my opinion. There are innumerable horrors done to pregnant women, toddlers and even an infant mentioned to have been raped, teeth being pulled out to be replaced with red-hot nails, arms twisted...I'm only scratching the surface here. As I read, I felt like I was going to faint from horror, disgust, and shock, or puke...whichever came first. There was even a point where I felt like screaming in terror because of what I read. I had to use my courage to press on, and even then I had to skim sometimes. The whole thing is more terrifying if you imagine what went through the children's minds during those months of sexual and violent torture. Of course, the libertines can't control their violent lust, so the elders, the studs, the storytellers, their own wives, and even some of the hired help are tortured. They start declaring who's to die each day: one of the deaths is described in great detail and is probably one of the most squeamish events in the book. At the very end, de Sade lists the number of all those holed up in this secluded place, and the number who survived: 16 out of 46, and not one of those survivors left without missing some fingers, an eye, a broken bone, etc. Most who end up reading this story, like me, did so just to prove they can finish. I sincerely hope there weren't any who got enjoyment out of it...if you can masturbate to this, you should feel guilty. This is one of the books people read and come away feeling a complete despair for humanity; most can only stomach a chapter a day. If you want to sicken your friends at a party, whip the book out and have them read a certai
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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