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If you want to be shocked, this might just do it.
on 9 January 2014
A fascinating book, more torture porn than philosophy but still very enjoyable. I was certainly hooked by the first hundred and fifty days, but as I came to find out, the Marquis left the book unfinished, though he wanted to return to it at a later date. The note format of the following 450 days absolutely killed the pacing for me, and the main characters undergo little further development.
It sounds like I'm being negative, but I'm really not. There's a lot to enjoy here, whether it's the catalogue of fetishes, de Sade's friendly and upbeat narration, or the absolute despicableness of the four heroes. It's an extreme book and certainly won't bore you, even if it horrifies you. If only de Sade had finished it then it would be a masterpiece. Taken as it is, it's still great. Highly recommended.