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The Sadeian Woman Paperback – October 5, 2006
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 6.5 ounces
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781844083770
- ISBN-13 : 978-1844083770
- Publisher : Virago (October 5, 2006)
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 0.5 x 7.75 inches
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1844083772
- Best Sellers Rank: #293,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The premise is important. The execution is not. The writing style is pedestrian and the vocabulary is too limited.
There's no Sade, no Sadeian woman, little exercise, and shallow cultural history. Surprisingly bad book from a usually very good writer.
Top reviews from other countries
The notion of “The Sadeian Woman” in Carter’s era can at times evolve into cliches to soften the impact but that’s ok. It is clear Angela Carter read De Sade in depth and her other works reflect an understanding of a contentious writer.
Now that sadomasochist practices as well as thinking are more or less mainstream we can easily forget more censoriousness times. But Angela Carter broke ground in this book and did not fear the reaction it might provoke.
For myself it is a nostalgic read as I first read it in a library in central London in 1980 when times were rough personally. To read it again decades later in a more comfortable setting is a fascinating experience.
Thanks Angela Carter Rest in peace.