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"Justine", "Philosophy in the Bedroom" and Other Writings Paperback – 11 Jan 1994
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Justine is a wonderful story about a poor girl who goes through life suffering one misfortune after the other (10 in all.) She has her toe cut off, is abused in a convent, punched by the elderly and forced to do slave labour amongst other things. The book is entertaining and paints a bleak look of a women who has chosen the unwise path of Virtue over Vice.
The Philosophy is equally if not more entertaining. The story is a simple tale about a group of libertines who take it upon themselves to corrupt a virgin. The ending with the girls mother is sick and the story follows a predictable pattern rotating sex with philosophy.
Eugenie de Franvale, a 70 page story is the true masterpiece of the book. Surprisingly restraines for the Marquis, the plt involves an incestuos affair between a Father and his daughter. Both evil. The character of Clervil is wonderful and the stoy has many moments of exceptional dialogue.
Everyone should read this story. It is tame but an absolute masterpiece.
Overall, the Marquis seems to me like a wonderful writer, He is extremely intelligent and has a way of convincing the reader to support his atheist leanings. Those who pan the stories clearly haven read them, if not they would realize De Sade is a great writer who only contradicts society's views.
volume, _Justine_ and _Philosophy in the Bedroom_
are the best known of the collection.
_Philosophy in the Bedroom_ is the about two men
and a woman who quite thoroughly pervert a
fifteen year old virgin. The most notable thing
about this story is that a substantial portion of
it describes Sade's sociopolitical philosophy.
_Justine_ is the story of a young woman who lives
a life governed by virtue. As she goes through
life, she encounters a series of evil people who
use and abuse her. Even though she continues to
believe in virtue, she is continually beaten
down, while those who inflict evil upon her
Though an interesting read, Sade tends to get
tediously repetitive when trying to justify (over
and over) perversion in the context of Nature.
And yes, this is as nasty and sexually perverse
as one might expect, covering practices ranging
from sadism to autoerotic asphyxiation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What makes de Sade's work facinating and interesting is his philosophy and throught provoking messages. Read morePublished on 27 Sept. 2008 by t0talDestruct10N
"The supreme value of his testimony lies in its ability to disturb us. It forces us to reexamine thoroughly the basic problem which haunts our age in different forms:the true... Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 1999
"The supreme value of his testimony lies in its ability to disturb us. It forces uss to reexamine thoroughly the basic problem which haunts our age in different forms:the... Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 1999
De Sade's work is ambiguous, and so is this book. It could be described as a 'poem# to sadomasochism, and if you are into this sort of thing buy it.Published on 21 Jan. 1999