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Abriged too far
on 8 May 2014
This is not actually 'The Complete Vol. 1' but rather volume one with volume two crammed in as well. If you think 'complete' means 'unabridged', as I foolishly did, you will be totally wrong, very much so. De Sade's '120 Days of Sodom' (the manuscript of which, incidentally, was found in the walls of the Bastille, never to be recovered by the author, and has been returned to France after a 25 year legal battle) in full runs to nearly 500 pages: this version doesn't reach 150.
Savagely abridged perhaps but not expurgated so we are left with descriptions of endless sexual deviations without de Sade's cynical, sometimes terrifying, sometimes amusing and always lengthy philosophical musings. The result - as the other one stars have told you - is endless depravity. So, do not buy this volume: Amazon does offer unabridged versions - seek!
De Sade was one of the Surrealists favourite writers and, like them, knew no bounds in his writings. It would be quite ridiculous to be otherwise. If you can't accept this, don't read it and don't complain.