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Marquis De Sade Hardcover – 24 Feb 1977


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  • Hardcover: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd; First Edition edition (24 Feb. 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 029777140X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297771401
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,265,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
Provides a general intro of De Sade with ideas culled from the era- the notion De Sade was a bad seed that germinated into a writer of the terrible occurrences leading to influencing the vulnerable.

Evidence is then garnered to muster the general idea from reading his adult life backwards. Paradoxically steering clear of an idea that his behaviour was that extreme for the time and era he inhabited.

The prose explores the various scandals but without great depth. It seemingly emerged at a time when the Marquis was a dark satanic force, the anithesis of everything wholesome so it does aim to restore more balance. Now, post Hostel and SAW, the tortures of De Sade are more acceptable in cinema. In real life Rwanda, Algeria, Vietnam, Bosnia have all exceeded what he wrote in the last chapters of 120 Days. Hence the power of the Passoloni film, detailing that De Sade was more than just porn titillation but someone who detailed what had been hidden.

His Mother in Law was the greatest influence, as the Marquis had no boundaries around sexual conquest and she was forced to act after he publicly flouted convention and ran off with the second daughter after marrying the first. The template for Justine and Juliette was forged in reality.Behaviour that may have been shocking at one time is perceived for what it is a libertine embarking on a series of conquests to justify himself. De Sade was involved in sado-masochistic practices and was reported to the authorities either because he was extreme in his practices or because he was unlucky. Perhaps it was a mixture of both. After he emerged from prison he was a changed more reflective man and took part in the Revolution.
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Format: Hardcover
His mother in law puts it best when she says "is he deliberately criminal or just a lunatic?"

I found this book in my local library and was in two minds whether to read it as i'd read parts of 120 Days Of Sodom and scenes have been burned into my memory that i shall never be able to expunge. I did end up renting this book and started reading it on the bus home. My hope was that I'd gain an insight to De Sades early life to see if he really was "all that bad" or if he was a lunatic pervert.

I found the book a very interesting read, one that i looked kept looking forward to reading when i had the time. I can see why he turned out the way he did... spoiled child, wealthy family, a man with power and living in a time and place where poor girls were desperately looking for money. Not that that alone makes a libertine, but i cant help but think had young De Sade been chastised in his youth rather than being alowed to do what he wanted, then we would have seen a tamer human being who perhaps would have contributed to history in some other way.

The book is well paced and gives accounts of De Sades crimes with women and the stories told about him. We'll never know how much was exaggerated by the girls that reported him to the police. The only negative thing about this book is that the photos sometimes have little or nothing to do with what the author is talking about. But i was glad to see some of the original illustrations to "Justine".

I'm glad i read this book. It made me think and question peoples actions and why people become who they are. I think people are pre-disposed to certain behaviors but what they feed their minds on feeds certain parts of their personality.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Blumenau TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Aug. 2012
Format: Paperback
Donald Thomas is more sympathetic to De Sade than we might expect from his reputation, explicitly so in the last chapter.

So he tells us that libertine behaviour was quite common at the French court in the environs of which De Sade grew up. The Regency Court was notorious for its debauchery; so was the personal life of Louis XV. The contemporary penal system in France was extremely "sadistic" - and De Sade actually denounced it. Thomas also draws what read like exculpatory parallels between De Sade's notorious writings and those of Samuel Richardson, Mrs Ratcliffe or Matthew Gregory Lewis.

All the same, De Sade went to extremes even by the standards of those days. In 1763 (he was then 23 and had not long been married) a young girl complained to the police: she had been able to talk herself out a terrifying situation in which the marquis proposed to sodomize her and to whip her with metal-tipped thongs, and De Sade had his first spell in prison, this time for only a few months. He soon resumed his hobby of flagellating young women, sometimes as many as four at a time brought to his rented "petite maison" from a working class district in the east of the city, while having more orthodox sexual encounters in his own house with a series of mistresses which, in due course, would include his sister-in-law.

De Sade was a compulsive recividist. There would be three more incidents (1768, 1772 and 1774) which would lead to prison sentences. Thomas comments that in the one in 1768 De Sade had been "the victim of a certain degree of bad luck", and that the girl's ordeal was "trivial" compared with the vicious whippings inflicted on women criminals were far worse.
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