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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible, accurate and entertaining read.
Marquis De Sade is one of the most underappreciated thinkers ever; ahead of his time in philosophy, psychology and sociology there are only a handful of people who surpass his achievements. Aesthetically and intellectually stimulating his collected works are undeniably superb and a necessary read for anyone interested in an uncensored reflection of the human condition;...
Published on 11 May 2006 by Mr. RB FORTUNE-WOOD

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1.0 out of 5 stars Abriged too far
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...
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible, accurate and entertaining read., 11 May 2006
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Mr. RB FORTUNE-WOOD "Rowan" (UK) - See all my reviews
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Marquis De Sade is one of the most underappreciated thinkers ever; ahead of his time in philosophy, psychology and sociology there are only a handful of people who surpass his achievements. Aesthetically and intellectually stimulating his collected works are undeniably superb and a necessary read for anyone interested in an uncensored reflection of the human condition; few writers have as much honesty and integrity.

The editor's note, introduction and foreword offer an excellent preamble and the works themselves are well presented. This is neither a word-for-word translation nor a summarising of the original texts, but a clarified abridged version that offers the reader an accessible, accurate and entertaining read. Most importantly, as Dr. Paul J. Gillette stresses, this work is not de-sexed as many previous translations have been. The book is decently printed, with the text reasonably large.

I would urge anyone interested in Marquis De Sade to buy this.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye opener, 28 Oct 2009
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Everyone has preconceived ideas about this author, after all his name is synonymous with sex, depravity and sadomasochistic practises. However when I delved into the book I found a rich vein of philosophy and social commentary that I hadn't expected. The plots appear to be written with titillation in mind and there is often a hurry to rush from one scandalous sexual act of depravity to the next, yet out of the mouths of the depraved characters - never the virtuous such as Justine - no matter how ill fleshed out they are, come well constructed attacks on the church, its moralities, Christianity and Christ himself.

De Sade is famous for the sexual acts he describes and from his own biography it is evident that he was a brazen libertine well practised in at least a number of the acts he describes but is definitely the philosophical elements of the books that will remain with you, rather than the sexual acts he portrays.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enlightening introduction, 18 April 2008
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This is an interesting read, though not for the faint hearted nor those of an overtly religious disposition that may be sensitive to critiques of the same. De Sade was indeed, very ahead of his time in his philosophical argument and was a highly skilled narrator with a broad imagination. Whilst it is easy to state that his views were extremeist, it is however important to read between the lines. De Sade's era was governed by moralist and pious attitudes. You also have to take into account his cultural environment at the time of writing. For example, 120 Days of Sodom, his most controversial works of this collection, was written when he was in the Bastille, when one's imagination could run riot (here he seems highly focused on coprophilia/coprophagia, bestiality, incest and torture). Other works make mention of what would be regarded as edge play (e.g. autoerotic asphyxiation). De Sade was out to shock (and still does) but, by his own admission, all he asks for in return is overall objectivity from his readers, not collusion.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 5 Sep 2007
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Sarah Lakey "SL" (Newquay, Cornwall) - See all my reviews
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This is just the perfect book as an introduction to De Sade or if you already know his stories and want a book which contains all the best ones. It is clearly printed and is a must for anyone interested in De Sade.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Abriged too far, 8 May 2014
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Dr. John Bromilow (Okehampton, Devon United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, 10 Mar 2013
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Laura (Lancing, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Complete Marquis de Sade, Vol. 1 (Kindle Edition)
amazing man, misunderstood but full of fantastic philosophy. his work is a bit smutty in areas, and in other areas plain weird. but Justine is a fantastic story of ignorant belief in the face of suffering and inordinate pain.

love it and the Marquis
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marquis de Sade, 1 Feb 2013
Well translated, his views on corruption just as relevant today as 400 years ago.very clever man despite being borderline insane!
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1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: The text is incomplete!, 14 Jun 2014
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I was amazed to find that all the works included here have been massively edited down - for 120 Days of Sodom and Juliette only 10% of the original text is included here! This is an absolute scandal - I had no idea of this from the book description. A more accurate description would be "The reduced texts of M De Sade" - but who would read -or buy that?
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5.0 out of 5 stars truly a classic, 20 July 2014
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Mr. J. J. M. Omara "rabbitears" (london uk) - See all my reviews
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Often overlooked due to the adult themes, I would recommend the Marquis to any fan of the classics with the stomach for the subject material.
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15 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 14 July 2008
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Severin (Brighton, UK) - See all my reviews
I am, and remain a huge fan of the Marquis De Sade. I bought this book as it professed to gather together all of his most famous erotic writing. Whilst it includes Justine, Juliette and Philosophy In The Bedroom, the greatest disappointment lies in the fact that De Sade's masterpiece, 120 Days Of Sodom, a 500-page opus, has been "summarised" or rather completely butchered! What remains is a couple of hundred pages of literature reduced to a collection of lists. This can never be the "complete" De Sade.
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