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De Sade's Valet Paperback – 16 Oct 2000

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  • Paperback: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd; paperback / softback edition (16 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714530603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714530604
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,592,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 18th century Honfleur, a child is born with a terrifying destiny before him. His name is Latour, and his birth is the result of a brutal rape. As he grows up he becomes trapped in a dark, downward spiral of death and murder.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Nov 2000
Format: Paperback
The police stand powerless because they find no motive. The murders seem extremely well planned and with one gruesome thing in common; each of the victims' bodies is found without it's head. The decapitations were performed with such anatomical precision, police chief inspector Ramon believes they could only have been done by a surgeon. But unlike most psychological thrillers, "De Sade's Valet" is by no means a 'Who dunnit?' The reader knows exactly who has done it and who will continue to do it untill he gets through his namesake list of eight persons. The murderer is Latour, the physically grotesque, mentally brilliant and arguably insane son of the much hated moneylender Bou-Bou -- himself born with the inability to fee pain. It is his bizarre life story we follow; from his conception(his mother is raped by an escaped prisoner) to his senility in the crazy house, Charenton. Woven from the cloth of several perspectives, we struggle with many questions. Is Latour straight out horrible we wonder? Or is he a brilliant, avenging angel? Why do we route so happily for him to evade capture, even feeling badly ourselves when he suffers emotional and physical pain we have been told he himself can not feel? Crafted with eloquence and allegory, "DeSade's Valet" is brilliant read. It is a shocking, disturbing yet magnificant story with deep insights into the complex psychological machinations of the mind in relation to science, anatomy and behavior. A MUST READ!
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By Didier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 July 2006
Format: Paperback
Georges Latour (whose existence is historical fact it seems, I confess I didn't bother to check) is incapable of feeling pain, and sets out on a quest unlike most: to find the seat of pain in the human body, with the ultimate end to be able to feel pain too.

A Bildungsroman with a twist so to speak, and Georges Latour definitely has some twists in his mind (you wouldn't want to have met him on a dark night in a lonely street in Paris). Before his quest comes to an end he meets a number of colourful characters, and travels the length and breadth of France but end it does, and the insights Latour acquires are not as he (or I) expected.

The language is as sparse as its' protagonist, and all in all I found this a satisfying, thought-provoking book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
WAY BETTER THAN PERFUME I only withold 1 star cause, I mean...cause... 22 July 2011
By m morrissey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
one saves that for the mother or father of one's children or generation or whatever. 5 stars if for JK Huysmans.

I picked this up on a 2nd hand store for a dollar or so didn't expect much from the sort of salacious carrot that's the title, but the li'l reviews were so extravagant I was even able to overlook comparisons to "Perfume" which, in facct, I loathed!

So go ahead and read this book y'all.
Excellent Read!!! 9 Jan 2013
By Erica Cameron - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book gives great insight into the right-hand man of the great Marquis De Sade. I recomend it to adults only.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Chilling, historical fact-based, and highly recommended 22 May 2001
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When he was born in 18th century Honfluer, George Latour was physiologically incapable of feeling pain. Obsessed by his abnormality and fascinated by the mysteries of pain, he loses himself in a dark spiral of death, murder and dissection as he attempts to fathom the secrets of the human body. Eventfully Latour meets the infamous Marquis de Sade, becoming his faithful servant and accomplice. De Sade's Valet is a chilling, historical fact-based, and highly recommended novel that grips the reader from the very first page and won't let go -- of the mind's imagination even after having been finished and set back upon the bookshelf.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A pleasant discovery 16 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've just read this novel in the French translation. The French get their translations out before the English speaking countries. Perez Reverte was available in French long before the English translation.
Anyway, this is a fascinating novel and shouldn't be overlooked. It will appeal to anyone who enjoyed "Perfume" or Andrew Miller's "Ingenious Pain."
More and more, the 18th Century is a setting modern writers use for magical stories. Who was it who wrote, "He who hadn't the luck to live in the 18th Century has not experienced life"?
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