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120 Days of Sodom (Unexpurgated Start Publishing LLC) [Kindle Edition]

Marquis de Sade
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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The 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis de Sade relates the story of four wealthy men who enslave 24 mostly teenaged victims and sexually torture them while listening to stories told by old prostitutes. The book was written while Sade was imprisoned in the Bastille and the manuscript was lost during the storming of the Bastille. Sade wrote that he "wept tears of blood" over the manuscript's loss. Many consider this to be Sade crowing acheivement.

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Sade was one of the most radical minds in Western history, one that touched, with astonishing fusion of madness and cold rationality, on some of the most central aspects of psychic life... He remains a great, horrifying, but also vastly illuminating figure (Newsweek )

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The magnum opus of infamous French libertine, aristocrat, erotic author and extremist politician, the Marquis de Sade. The ultimate exploration of sexual deviation including sado-masochism and violent sexual abuse, this is a shocking insight into the psychopathology of sex, seen through the eyes of history's most famous sexual deviant. With an introduction by famous feminist writer and literary critic, Simone de Beauvoir.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 737 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475208294
  • Publisher: Start Publishing LLC (8 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,588 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sick, nasty, brutal and brilliant 17 July 2014
By Debbie
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I don't know where to start with this book. I thought I had read it all, I thought I was unshockable. Turns out I was wrong. This book is the sickest, most depraved piece of literature I have ever read. The very depths of the evil mankind is capable of is opened up and explored in the most thorough manner. Your skin will crawl as you read this, you will physically sick.

But at the the same time, it is one of the most beautiful pieces of writing I have ever come across. The style of prose feels like it should be in a Tom Hardy, or a one of the Bronte's novels, which makes the descriptions even more shocking.

Yes, this book officially falls into the category of erotica, but I really don't believe it is meant to titillate. If this book is a turn on to you then arguably you might need some kind of psychiatric help. It is a book about evil, pure and simple. It is about the exploitation of the working class, of women, of children, of anyone that is vulnerable. It's about using sex as power over another, vulnerable human being. The acts described in this book are too horrific to go into here. We're talking scat, underage, beating to the point of death. But that's just the beginning, seriously, it gets a million times worse than that. The last quarter of the book details the most atrocious acts imaginable, but (perhaps luckily) it is in note form with an endless list of bullet points of the sickest things a human being could ever dream up (involving newborns, fires, iron maidens, pregnant women, and a brief description of a torture chamber that will sicken you)

It feels like the book primarily deals with poop eating, but that's only because the last part of the book was written in note form.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint hearted 11 Jun. 2011
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I sit on the fence with my rating. It is a masterpiece of perversion but so atrocious are the final agonies of the innocent victims, that I found it impossible to believe and thus did not find it shocking. It is very well written with a mix of thought provoking conversation and detailed perversion in a language that is difficult to follow. It is also difficult to keep track of all the different characters but does make sense when you manage this - I had to write them down. Probably better to view the book as needing studying rather than reading. I doubt anyone will enjoy reading the book given the content except as an exercise in literacy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 120 Days of Boredom 27 Oct. 2013
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This book has been on my 'must read' list for a long time. I'm sorry to say I found it boring, repetitive and uninspiring. It has put me off reading other titles by the same author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars sick and disturbing 6 Aug. 2014
By laros76
first of all I would like to point out that the way of telling the story is brilliant, the characters are introduced and brought together in a very clever way
but then... the content is very sick and disturbing, and it keeps on getting worse. This is no porn or book for lust, this is a book full of shocking things which make you feel sick in the stomach. After some 150 pages I've had enough of it, I think I already read the most sickening things and most perverse things were repeated time and time again.
it's sick, really sick but I must be honest that this books deserves 3 stars
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2.0 out of 5 stars In an age of the sublime and the crude... 3 Nov. 2014
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This isn't the first 18C book I've read. They are not general an easy read, and you have to make allowances for the context, even so this isn't one I'll be returning to. It is excessive. Although the author may have been making a political point about the corruption in the heart of the ruling elite (along the same vein as a Cruikshank cartoon, or a complimentary signoff by Dr. Johnson) it goes about it by using in-you-face ugliness, and certainly goes on for far too many pages. I can't think many modern readers will get through it.
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