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"Justine", "Philosophy in the Bedroom" and Other Writings Paperback – 11 Jan 1994

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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press; 1st Evergreen Ed edition (11 Jan. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802132189
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802132185
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 4.9 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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People intrested in sadomasochistic sex are often thought of as people who are on the fringe of society, as people who have not learnt the rules and who cannot fit in. Sade however was obviously very intelligent, his philosophies are well thought out and contain ingenious analogies. Having studied numerous similar religeous theologies for several years I found it was very stimulating to read a convincing argument of the contrary. He does a good job of making a life of vice and selfishness sound a excusable path to choose. One last point, I think the Dialogue between a priest and a dying man is one of the most thought provoking pieces I have ever read.
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By A Customer on 2 Mar. 1999
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Sades philosophy, that virtue by its very nature cannot withstand against vice, is thought provoking and it is for this that these stories are worth taking a look at. The writing style, though, can be a bit tiresome. The characters are all one-dimensional and many times Sade writes pages and pages of descriptive narrative that goes absolutely nowhere except right back to where it began. Not for the impatient.
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By A Customer on 19 Jan. 1999
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These stories, the best the Marquis ever wrote, are among the finest literary works I've ever read.
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.
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By A Customer on 17 July 1997
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Although other works by Sade are included in this

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
continually prosper.

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.
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This is not a book merely about bizarre sado-masochistic sex, but an expose of the sexual exploitation by those with power. Although it was written in seemingly more decadent days, these same acts still occur on a regular basis today... albeit behind closed doors. Every word is so captivating that you will not put it down before the end. Truly, the story of Justine is a timeless treasure, adored by those whose passions are unrestrained by the capricious morality imposed by society. I found it far more intriguing than Juliette, also by the Marquis deSade.
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By A Customer on 25 Sept. 1998
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This was a masterful work that emcompasses the basic animalistic needs of man. To say that it is too "vulgar" is a sign of ignorance and a misconception of the human spirit. Sade delved into the most primitive wants and urges of man and is a true libertarian for it.
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