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The 120 Days of Sodom Paperback – March 26, 2009
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It's the sickest, most twisted piece of literature I've ever read. It was supposed to be written in four parts, but only one part was finished completely by Sade. The other three parts are written in abbreviated form, but this somehow doesn't make it any less disturbing.
The plot of the book involves four libertines who have taken refuge in a castle with a number of people who they've collected for the sole purpose of having weird, depraved sex. Four prostitutes narrate their own life experiences, and the libertines design sex acts based on their stories. these sex acts are recounted in extreme graphic detail, using language that somehow manages to be elegant.
This is a good English translation and, if you can manage to trudge through the farts, murder, and copious amounts of anal rape, you'll find yourself better for it at the end. If you're looking for a tamer version of Sade, try "The Crimes of Love." "120 Days of Sodom" is not erotica the way we know it today. It's more of an appeal to the sexual senses, even the senses that only exist to tell us what's rotten.
Perhaps it's my own ignorance, but I don't think there's a higher purpose or author intention that justifies its scope as anything beyond this.
The depravity is shocking along with the lack of remorse. The thoughts of the masters never dwell on the humanity of their subjects...such as Sado/masochistic behavior is expected to be.
I was disappointed in two things. First, the reader never gets to be inside the minds of any of the players to learn motive or response. Second, I need a plot. It doesn't have to be an intricate plot...just a general direction to towards closure. This book was just a constant listing of depraved actions and, towards the end, plain gore.
I'm glad I can now say I am familiar with the classic...but I am relieved to be finished with it. 3*s because it is a classic.
A very visceral portrayal of hedoism and decadent depravity in a time where the wrong "morality" could have you put to death.
Ironically,this book was written as De Sade sat in a French prison.
This is book for people who like to read of sexual practice outside the mainstream and of visceral descriptions of actual sex acts,but I must add that it is not just about sexual depravity for it`s own sake,this book also descrbes the historic values,morals and legalities of the time.
1) actual ideas that are sexually related
2) the playing / consuming of human waste
3) hundred ways to injure the torture object
4) hundred ways to kill the torture object
While the first parts of the book are more complete, fresh and logical, I had a hard time finishing part 2 (the human waste part). Scenes start getting repetitive and only the occasional plot twists are interesting. I literally had to force myself through the chapters at that point.
I do however like how the book reflects the difference in social status during that time of history.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has become my bible since day one of reading it! Books like this are banned and burned by moralist pricks and backward conservatives and thank you dear Amazon by... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Walrus
Un less you enjoy reading about a truly sick person don't read this...it's constant material about sex and major cruelty and lack of any moral compass of life, death & entitlement. Read morePublished 3 months ago by harley 09
Arrived on time, and in excellent condition.. I have heard stories about this book, but I wanted to see for myself.. they weren't lying, this book is very dark, and very sexual.. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nicholas
this was terribly violent and very morally depraved i did not think there would be the killing like was in this book.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very poorly translated; grammatical errors at every page, and sentence structures are poor and frequently awkward, which makes for a difficult read. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bryan-Lee