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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Wilder Publications (March 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604594187
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604594188
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wish there was a zero star.
Mela Atreides
Very poorly translated; grammatical errors at every page, and sentence structures are poor and frequently awkward, which makes for a difficult read.
Bryan-Lee
I started it, really tried to read it, but it was giving me a head ache...I had to stop.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sparks on June 20, 2013
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I have a hard time explaining why I absolutely adore Sade, and an even harder time explaining why I love this book.
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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LnBen on April 9, 2013
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There are certain works that are required reading for a student of erotica. "120 Days of Sodom" is one of them. It is not for the faint-hearted. It is the Marquis de Sade, after all. But the ebb and flow of the book is hard to follow. And the plot involving who is doing what to whom is difficult to follow even for this reviewer.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anamaric17 on March 6, 2014
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I own all of his works and probably read almost everything de Sade related. I find his work honest and hilarious if only more than a little dark but perfect nonetheless. I like the way his name is something you hear in the back of bookstores whispered about ....only makes the mystery surrounding his works better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By donna cavaliere on December 18, 2013
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You really need to appreciate this book for what it is - I see it almost as a piece of art, from a clearly unstable, deranged man with a very vivid imagination. All great artists are crazy! Marquis de Sade coined the term Sadism so I think this should prepare readers for what the storyline will be like. I don't really understand being offended by the book - if you take it too literal, of course you will hate it. Only read it if you are "ok" with non-conformity in the most severe sense of the word. I thought it was beautifully written, a bit repetitive a times, but am overall glad to have read it. I have since downloaded a few of his other novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric B on December 9, 2013
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This book ain't for kids! It's enough to make a trucker blush, a sailor swoon ... I wouldn't be surprised if Jeff Dahmer kept a copy lying around.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Punki on November 4, 2013
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This is a very interesting read. Gives the reader a lot to think about. I think knowing he wrote it jail makes it that much more intriguing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Techman on April 18, 2013
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The first half of the book was excellent. The second half was absolutely ludicrous. While I struggled to put the book down for the beginning, I had the misfortune of struggling through the latter half to get to the end. It's almost like it was written by two different authors.
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By Bryan-Lee on May 12, 2014
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Very poorly translated; grammatical errors at every page, and sentence structures are poor and frequently awkward, which makes for a difficult read.

In fact, the summary on the back of the book contains an error (find it).

It's unfortunate that I can't find another decent (or none at all) English edition; I will stick with the original French version and be satisfied with that.
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