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Juliette by Marquis de Sade
Juliette by Marquis de Sade
14 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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–and the strong -after learning the lessons nature loudly proclaims with every deer the lion downs - must reassert the natural power relations between the weak and the strong.
The theory that we are all selfish is, of course, irrefutable. Being as we only see the world through our own eyes and conceptualise it through our own minds, our action will always be driven by our own interests. What is contestable in Sade is the way our utter, never-ending selfishness expresses itself: sometimes selfishness can be best pursued through putting the interest of others first (making the very dichotomy between love of self and love of others somewhat convoluted). Like those… Read more
Juliette by Marquis de Sade
Juliette by Marquis de Sade
17 of 26 people found the following review helpful
I am of the opinion that if the Marquis de Sade had a creative bone in his body he would have much greater influence on western literature than he has had. Most writers of meaningful fiction (think the obvious George Orwell) begin with a premise which they then deconstruct into various literary elements - plot, character, setting, scene etc - all of which are developed and underpinned by the basic, philosophical or social starting point. The idea, in other words, is obscured by the authors creativity. The Marquis de Sade bypassed this process all together - it is clear in Juliette (and in all of his books save for the Gothic Tales) that he was woefully inadequate at writing fiction, and… Read more
The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams
The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams
18 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Rowf - a Labrador highly cynical about the human race - and Snitter – a black and white Jack Russell sold to Animal Research and subjected to brain surgery which dampens his ability to differentiate between subjective experience and objective reality - both escape the lonesome confines of the experimental laboratory they are held in and break out in the countryside of the Lake District region. Roaming the fells, they both fluctuate between the desires to have a master and to go feral, that is to fend for themselves andto brave the conditions which are presented to them.
Interwoven plots - implausible in their content but effective in their delivery - ensure that numerous groups… Read more