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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definately worth a read
Story of the Eye is not so much an erotic text, as an exploration on what it is that drives every human- desire. Desire to live, breath eat, make love, our lives revolve around it, and if there was no desire we would not be alive.It is a mistake to have Batailles novella down as an erotic fiction- it is so much more than that. He exorcises his demons through eroticism at...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bored Me To Death
I did not get it. Bored me to death.

I know it has an intellectual commentary by Susan Sontag, et al. And is published by Penguin classics. But I just did not get it.

If this had been handed to me in plain wraps I would have thought the author a thirteen-year-old boy; it has that isn't sex shocking mentality. Perhaps it was enough to excite back in...
Published on 21 April 2011 by Helen


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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definately worth a read, 9 Jan 2006
Story of the Eye is not so much an erotic text, as an exploration on what it is that drives every human- desire. Desire to live, breath eat, make love, our lives revolve around it, and if there was no desire we would not be alive.It is a mistake to have Batailles novella down as an erotic fiction- it is so much more than that. He exorcises his demons through eroticism at its highest level, in order to find a release, or death, of that wanting, which can never be resolved. It is an important read, and whatever it is you take away from it, it will be something important.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Eye" an Eyeful, 22 Mar 1998
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"The Story of the Eye" is the finest book ever written about the idea that one can take pleasure from acts like sitting down in a puddle of milk, placing a plucked eyeball in one's most intimate anatomical area, and inserting a hard-boiled egg into one's rectum. Experimental, arrogant, and sexually insatiable, the novel's two young lovers embark on a carnal odyssey (involving, among other things, suicide and some blasphemous debauchery in a confessional) that is, simply put, not for the faint of heart.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun and educational, 11 Feb 2006
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Bataille's novel is a book about which one can argue endlessly whether it is pornographic or art or both. This is the point. It is easy to see how one can dismiss the novel as smut. However, in order to really understand the metaphorical language and the connection of themes within the novel one must dwell in Sontag's and Barthes' essays (incorporated within the book) that may change one's perspective about the graphic but beautifully written content of the book. In fact, the essays form an integral piece to understand contemporary French writing. To push it to the extreme, talking about it is philosophising.
The story of the eye offers to both camps: those that want to have a quick mesmerising read and those who are interested in understanding a modern continental perspective on a philosophy of art.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dirty literary masterpiece, 5 July 2005
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If you're thinking plot and characterization, you're missing the point. This is modernism all the way: vignettes with their own individual logic which do thread together, but not in the way of an epic which builds and smooths out contradictions. It works perfectly as an erotic text because it illuminates the way desire catches on the tiniest of details, magnifying each beyond the reach of rational discourse. It moves skilfully, evading the capture of novelistic conventions, denying a too easy satisfaction. It's precisely these qualities which make it great erotic writing; it allows the reader to engage their own desires in the gaps which a lesser novel would be tempted to fill in. It's not there to be understood, it's to be revelled in!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the cover, 4 Mar 1998
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one of the best books...entirely weird....maximum surrealism...i've read this 3 times and have forced it upon many friends....a wonderful dream...my first awakening into the fiercly extreme.....made me WANT to go insane....you know there were never any bounds........
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Violent, morbid and disturbing; a masterpiece of pornography, 15 Jun 1999
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"Story of the Eye" is a visit to the extremes of Bataille's consciousness; blessed are those who return intact from this horrific journey. More 'real life' than Sade, this is an excellent example for Shattuck's formulation of "forbidden knowledge". A must for connoisseurs of pornographic literature.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gothic Glimpse Into Undergound Reality., 26 Mar 1998
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This tale travels in lurid sketches detailing the experiences & experiments of 3 people who lived up at their own & got away with it.Their obsessions & fantasies executed in highly mysterious & near supernatural imagery leave a detachingly cold atmosphere in short & cluttered sentences occassionally highlighted by bits of lyricism.Their sinister perversions & mania for the gravel of sexual satisfaction & eventual accomplishment of this stretches the boundaries of subcultural degeneracy a bit furhther.The characters analogousness in each undertaking exemplify mankind fulfilling the natural dictates of what I would call the "Basic Fixative Essence" of things.Simone's fascination for the things she satisfies herself on is a perfect illustration of man rediscovering the core of his basest desires.Fetishisms arise in ecstatic motions in this slightly revolutionary novelette,including the famous augmentation of the sex impulse through the rending sights & scents of nature.The piece powerfully ends in a revealing sadness surprising for it's romantic symbolitry imprinted by an unforgettable vision of sight.These works of art are best appreciated when one has no preconceived notions;when one can enter it's world & LIVE IN IT rather than merely browsing through.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bored Me To Death, 21 April 2011
I did not get it. Bored me to death.

I know it has an intellectual commentary by Susan Sontag, et al. And is published by Penguin classics. But I just did not get it.

If this had been handed to me in plain wraps I would have thought the author a thirteen-year-old boy; it has that isn't sex shocking mentality. Perhaps it was enough to excite back in the day when piano legs needed covers. I can only imagine this being of interest to students of English Literature.
Yeah, I know. I've read all the other reviews and the commentaries, and now understand what the author was trying to do, but its still pretty awful.

I admit it was haunting and dream like in places. Thinking about it: that's what it reminds me of, a night of fever induced delirium.

But it moved me about as much as listening to old Edwardian songs. "Come Into the Garden Maud" certainly won't get me into the Moshpit.

Enough said.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating and enjoyable read, 28 Jan 2009
I found the book to be highly captivating, largely due to the writing style, which is fast and informative, making it very hard to lose attention! As a result of this, i read the entire book in one go, and i know that there aren't reams and reams of pages, but i rarely do that at all.
Several people have commented that some parts are brief, but whilst i did sometimes notice this, i found that it was still pretty coherent, and simply required that the reader had been paying attention, which caused the book also, to leave just the right amount to the imagination.
The accompanying essays are also of high quality, and Bataille's 'Coincidences' section, i found to be very useful, as i read the book, not just as literature, but also out of interest, concerning the Psychology of the matter. Bataille's recollections of his youth are highly illuminating, regarding the text.

Overall, a highly enjoyable and interesting read, written in an easily accessible and conscious style, which i would happily recommend!

...In fact, might even go and read it again!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A JUXTAPOSITION OF EROTICA AND HORROR., 11 Jan 1997
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THIS BOOK IS A ROLLERCOASTER RIDE. IT TAKES FROM THE HEIGHT OF EROTIC FANTASY TO THE DARKEST DEPTHS OF HUMANITY. AT POINTS I DIDN'T KNOW WEATHER TO BLUSH OR TO VOMIT. SIMPLY PUT IT IS A TRUE MENTAL EXPERIENCE (FOR ADULTS ONLY THOUGH). BUY A COPY TODAY.
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