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5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin
120 Days of Sodom is a book beyond criticism - good or bad. Early on in the work there's a warning that all honest pleasures to be had out of reading a book are completely banished - This is True! The Duc du Blangis who " has killed his mother, his sister, and three of his wives," retires with three other 'nobles' to a remote castle taking 42 unfortunate victims, both...
Published 12 months ago by M P Crouch

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2.0 out of 5 stars 120 days of boredom
While trying to keep my literary mind awake with new and old read, and newly found unread authors from all genres I will try anything with an open mind regardless of previous opinions or subject matter contained.
'one of the most disturbing books you will ever read' and 'Many consider it his crowning acheivement'
I can only say the first comment is idiotic, the...
Published 16 months ago by Christopher L Hynes


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5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin, 16 Dec 2013
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120 Days of Sodom is a book beyond criticism - good or bad. Early on in the work there's a warning that all honest pleasures to be had out of reading a book are completely banished - This is True! The Duc du Blangis who " has killed his mother, his sister, and three of his wives," retires with three other 'nobles' to a remote castle taking 42 unfortunate victims, both male and female with him. There beyond anyone's interference the four perpetrate vile sexual perversions on the victims leading to mutilation and murder. As an arrogant and impatient reader always ready to read or watch anything supposedly shocking or offensive, I started reading the novel inwardly demanding it be much more horrible or even different to anything I had experienced before - WELL - IT WAS - It was nearly too much for me sometimes, I read it slowly and carefully concentrating all the time, for I won't be reading it a second time, and it more than lived up to it's reputation though of course rather repetitive. No honest pleasure is to be had from the story, and I mean none, except occasionally humour, in its excesses - Lumpy s***s last stand - but it is unusual, if by any chance you've seen Pasolini's excellent film Salo which is based on Sade's novel don't be misled, good as the movie is it doesn't hint at the monstrousness of the Marquis's book. Strangely as the story approaches the end of its 120 days and the murders begin it seemed less revolting to me, perhaps because violent death is fairly normal in literature, the rest of the book is not normal, its completely different - so there it is - M P Crouch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Necessary Read, 17 Mar 2014
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For those of you who enjoy 50 Shades and other modern erotic literature, the writings of the Marquis de Sade are essential for you. This work, although sometimes difficult to read in some areas, was one of the first and best published erotica that exists. Keep in mind as you read it, however, that the last three-quarters of it was written as bullet points and footnotes. It was written during the Marquis's incarceration in the Bastille and he never had time to finish it, although it would have been interesting to read the rest. Worth a read, just beware that it is a little difficult to read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars 120 days of boredom, 4 Aug 2013
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While trying to keep my literary mind awake with new and old read, and newly found unread authors from all genres I will try anything with an open mind regardless of previous opinions or subject matter contained.
'one of the most disturbing books you will ever read' and 'Many consider it his crowning acheivement'
I can only say the first comment is idiotic, the only disturbing thing about it is someone could have written this drivel and somehow attained the second comment, if this is his crowning acheivement the literary world should be thankful it was saved from swelling further the bargain bin by the door of so many book stores, and safe in the knowledge they have allowed a few metres of rainforest to survive another day.
I genuinely felt bored very quickly by the repetative nature of the content and had to force myself to focus and finish it in its entirity, although the second half of the book rushes along as if the writer had run out of ideas and needed to finish as fast as he could and how it achieved classic status is beyond me, is it simply because it was written so long ago it must be !
By all means read it if you feel your literary breadth is lacking, or it is part of a curricular activity or requirement, but please don't complain of your disapointment later, you will gain much more from subscribing to a couple of local small town newspapers where well written stories are a daily/weekly occurance.
However I do feel I should at least thank the printer (author?) for helping me doze off so easily more than once, and gain precious relaxation and regeneration time.
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