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Justine [Kindle Edition]

Marquis de Sade
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Justine is set just before the French Revolution in France and tells the story of a beautiful young woman who goes under the name of Therese. Her story is recounted to Madame de Lorsagne while defending herself for her crimes, en route to punishment and death. She explains the series of misfortunes which have led her to be in her present situation.

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About the Author

The Marquis de Sade was a French aristocrat, revolutionary and writer of violent pornography. Incarcerated for 32 years of his life (in prisons and asylums), the majority of his output was written from behind bars. Famed for his graphic depiction of cruelty within classic titles such as ‘Crimes of Love’ and ‘One Hundred Days of Sodom’, de Sade's name was adopted as a clinical term for the sexual fetish known as ‘sadism’.

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  • File Size: 461 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NLME9E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,077 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Abridged--Buyer Beware September 3, 2010
The Look Inside feature shows that this is abridged, and that somebody has broken it up into chapters. Shun this and shell out a few extra bucks for "Justine, Philosophy in the Bedroom, and Other Writings," which is faithful to Sade's originals.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Justine reminds me of other polemics written in the 18th Century. As a read, it is flat and teaches the same lesson over and over. Think of Candide and A Voyage to Abyssinia. But it is worth reading. Spoiler alert: if you want salacious, titillating, or an engaging work of fiction, prepare for disappointment. Read Justine for its philosophy. I found Justine a brutal story, and it haunted more than one dream; so I've had enough. But there is a lot to think about, especially as modern reactionary conservatism and libertarian principles sweep through the early 21st Century political landscape. So take notes and pull a few quotes for future reference. The Marquis de Sade is extreme, but the fact that he operates on the edge makes his point of view that much sharper. I say that it's a must read, and it's very accessible. I read the most modern translation available from Kindle. (I give it five stars because it made me think, but that's the only reason. I'm not posing when I say that the thought of this book, its philosophy and story line still make me queasy at my stomach; although it is fun to discuss with friends.)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars De Sade may giggle July 25, 1999
By A Customer
As an avid fan of the Marquis de Sade's infectious intriguing writing and a fan of all thing artistic I was thrilled to add this to my collection. Yet it was a bit of a disappointment.
In de Sade's words Justine was portrayed as much more of an innocent looking girl, young, childlike and hopeful, yet Crepax's illustrations portray her as a wanton, gaunt looking woman. Much of the elegance and richness of de Sade's original writing is lost in Crepax quick pen and ink drawings.
I could be disappointed merely because my favorite character of the Justine tale, a blood thirsty count, was not included in the Crepax version, though he lends an air of sensuality and intellect (deranged though it may be) to the tale.
This is however a lot of fun to have around. I don't mind flipping through every now and then. Be warned though many people will find it offensive, and if you have any sort of moral fiber it may disturb you (even though you won't be able to look away).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A hard read October 13, 2012
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If you can look beyond the horrors of this book,  there are interesting facets, I believe.  The author's brazen justification  of the debauchery by stating repeatedly that nature deemed it so became, although never convincing, almost rational. The gem in the read, however, I think, was the irony between the sisters in the end.  Not for the feint-hearted or closed-minded.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting to say the least May 16, 2011
By Von
Most people who will read this book will feel sorry for the main character " Justine" and then there's me who found her to be rather annoying.

The book pretty much centers around the life of this young woman and the pain and suffering she endures through out it. I personally found the main character to be too much of a goody two shoes to really feel sympathetic towards her suffering and found the other characters in the book to be more interesting when it came to background and personality. Each is different and some give lectures to our Justine on their point of view which makes up a considerable amount of dialogue.

Speaking of dialogue ( no pun intended ) this book was written before the french revolution and therefor holds a language unique to its time which some readers may find hard to grasp. It is also set in France so it has many french names and places through out the book. I do believe however that there is another version out there that has been grafted into simpler english for those who wish to enjoy the story but don't want to battle the old style of writing.

Definitely an interesting book to say the least and I found it a good choice to introduce me to the works of De Sade. However I would not recommend it to those who are heavily religious as it has various scenes of a nature most unkind towards such.

I myself enjoyed it.. but it is the type of book which will provoke many different reactions so simply, it is up to you what you make of it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the Whole "Justine" July 27, 2011
By Gray
I found out that this is the short version or a volume of de Sade's Justine. I was a little disappointed the the description didn't mention that. I found this out after buying the "sequel" Juliette hopefully it does matter reading the other parts of Justine at another time.
Anyways, this volume was very interesting though, it had a type of story I've never come across. It had a moral to it, but it was hard to look passed the disturbing imagery.
I'm going to find the rest of Justine's story, hopefully it's just as good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Horrid editing January 20, 2011
I am reading this book right now. In many places, but especially chapter 32, there are places where the sentences make zero sense. Obviously the text was chopped up improperly and the book is carelessly edited. Please read this classic, but don't read the Wilder Publication version unless you want to be confused.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kindle format messed up July 17, 2013
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I have no issues with the book itself or the subject matter. I actually rather enjoy delving into the world of the Marquis de Sade and trying to better understand him; he might have been a somewhat disturbing man to some people but he was nothing if not interesting.

However the kindle format of this book was completely messed up. There are no paragraphs and absolutely terrible editing and punctuation which made this book nearly impossible to read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't let your mother catch you reading this one!
This book ain't for kids.
Published 27 days ago by Eric B
4.0 out of 5 stars It must have been a great chock for the society
We have to situate this book in the time when it has first appeared. It must have been a great shock for the society, when the Marquis wrote this book, criticizing the established... Read more
Published 1 month ago by EduPere
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Published 4 months ago by Steven C. Minnich
5.0 out of 5 stars Justine
Excellent book. I had no idea an old book could be so hot. I got the idea to read it from someone's comment on another book.
Published 5 months ago by charlie
1.0 out of 5 stars I didn't like the book
I didn't like the book, I read it for my dissertation, it is not what I would have chosen, I despised the heroine, and I wouldn't recommend it.
Published 6 months ago by Marsi Marquez
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
I've always heard on these books but they were too grotesque for my taste and unrealistic, but then again they are fiction.
Published 7 months ago by Mary A Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Good Read
Published 8 months ago by Denise J
3.0 out of 5 stars Not much here
After 50 Shades of Grey, Story of O, and a lot of Anne Rice , this is pretty pale stuff. I suppose that it was heady for an 18th century writer. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Someoneelse
4.0 out of 5 stars A revisit
Having read this years ago it still was an interesting look into the mind of an obviously disturbed individual. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bruce Gage
1.0 out of 5 stars don't waste your time
Long winded, excessive prose, frustrating to read.
Long winded,excessive prose,frustrating to read
Looked for something saucy and a quick read.....wrong!
Published 11 months ago by Marlene
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