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Story of the eye Hardcover – 1977

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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Urizen Books (1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916354903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916354909
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,374,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on 9 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
Story of the Eye is not so much an erotic text, as an exploration on what it is that drives every human- desire. Desire to live, breath eat, make love, our lives revolve around it, and if there was no desire we would not be alive.It is a mistake to have Batailles novella down as an erotic fiction- it is so much more than that. He exorcises his demons through eroticism at its highest level, in order to find a release, or death, of that wanting, which can never be resolved. It is an important read, and whatever it is you take away from it, it will be something important.
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By A Customer on 22 Mar. 1998
Format: Paperback
"The Story of the Eye" is the finest book ever written about the idea that one can take pleasure from acts like sitting down in a puddle of milk, placing a plucked eyeball in one's most intimate anatomical area, and inserting a hard-boiled egg into one's rectum. Experimental, arrogant, and sexually insatiable, the novel's two young lovers embark on a carnal odyssey (involving, among other things, suicide and some blasphemous debauchery in a confessional) that is, simply put, not for the faint of heart.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you're thinking plot and characterization, you're missing the point. This is modernism all the way: vignettes with their own individual logic which do thread together, but not in the way of an epic which builds and smooths out contradictions. It works perfectly as an erotic text because it illuminates the way desire catches on the tiniest of details, magnifying each beyond the reach of rational discourse. It moves skilfully, evading the capture of novelistic conventions, denying a too easy satisfaction. It's precisely these qualities which make it great erotic writing; it allows the reader to engage their own desires in the gaps which a lesser novel would be tempted to fill in. It's not there to be understood, it's to be revelled in!
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By A Customer on 11 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
Bataille's novel is a book about which one can argue endlessly whether it is pornographic or art or both. This is the point. It is easy to see how one can dismiss the novel as smut. However, in order to really understand the metaphorical language and the connection of themes within the novel one must dwell in Sontag's and Barthes' essays (incorporated within the book) that may change one's perspective about the graphic but beautifully written content of the book. In fact, the essays form an integral piece to understand contemporary French writing. To push it to the extreme, talking about it is philosophising.
The story of the eye offers to both camps: those that want to have a quick mesmerising read and those who are interested in understanding a modern continental perspective on a philosophy of art.
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Format: Kindle Edition
The best way to explain this book is that is has been obviously written to shock; it's an unabashed collection of disturbing eroticism, sadism, insanity, surrealism and violence. This book is really a series of sexual encounters - over and over again we are given story after story full of surreal sexual violence and attack. The short read simply revolves around a male's desire and fascination with a friend Simone and a young girl names Marcelle. The three flirt and indulge in truly shocking games; in one particularly shocking episode Marcelle reacts terribly, coming out of her coquettish nature and loses her mind. Insitutionalised Simone and our male character break her out of said asylum. From here I think Bataille loses it and the plot loses control. I'm not going to say any more because it's too difficult to write about and my mother reads my blog so I'm not going to go into too much detail but there's a lot of unconstrained, very pornographic sex.

I was a little repulsed by this book; the amount of urine that is passed during the sexual encounters was not only difficult to read about but was terribly misogynistic. It's animalistic, and Simone has a penchant for eggs; there are a good few pages where Simone throws said eggs into the toilet and there her obsession grows to an obscene amount. The final scene is an aggressive orgy event; here we see the three kill a man and use his dead body as part of the proceedings. So yes, that's a thing.

Did I enjoy this? No? Am I glad I've read it, yes? (is that a weird thing to say?) I've never read something quite so out there and aggressive in nature. I'm not sure why it's been written other than the author to say - right I'm just going write whatever the hell I want and see what people say about it.
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Format: Paperback
This tale travels in lurid sketches detailing the experiences & experiments of 3 people who lived up at their own & got away with it.Their obsessions & fantasies executed in highly mysterious & near supernatural imagery leave a detachingly cold atmosphere in short & cluttered sentences occassionally highlighted by bits of lyricism.Their sinister perversions & mania for the gravel of sexual satisfaction & eventual accomplishment of this stretches the boundaries of subcultural degeneracy a bit furhther.The characters analogousness in each undertaking exemplify mankind fulfilling the natural dictates of what I would call the "Basic Fixative Essence" of things.Simone's fascination for the things she satisfies herself on is a perfect illustration of man rediscovering the core of his basest desires.Fetishisms arise in ecstatic motions in this slightly revolutionary novelette,including the famous augmentation of the sex impulse through the rending sights & scents of nature.The piece powerfully ends in a revealing sadness surprising for it's romantic symbolitry imprinted by an unforgettable vision of sight.These works of art are best appreciated when one has no preconceived notions;when one can enter it's world & LIVE IN IT rather than merely browsing through.
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