One is far beyond what one can imagine, since imposed sex is added violence, blood, scatology, death.. Those who admire Sade in the name of sexual liberation are all wrong: there is no liberation in Sade, but only coercion. Only perverse, violent men with deadly, unscrupulous tendenci This book is absolutely appalling. Only perverse, violent men with deadly, unscrupulous tendencies, who dress their evil and criminal actions by theories which are only sophisms.
On the literary level, this book is, of course, an interesting subject. And the language of the eighteenth century is so beautiful! But what a painful moment, that the discovery of a book in which he is not a free and benevolent character! View all 15 comments. Having watched documentaries about De Sade which depicted him as a dribbling sot in an institution for the insane, I had expected De Sade is obviously no fool, and his arguments are intelligently put.
In this novel, De Sade still conforms to Victorian norms in the respect that even libertine, rebellious De Sade felt he had to wrap everything he said in euphemistic terms, in spite of the fact that the content of the novel and the gist of his rhetoric would indeed have been wildly shocking to most Victorian sensibilities. Compared to certain contemporary literature, such as some of the works of authors like Palanuik, for example in his novel Snuff , also, various writings of J.
Ballard, Samuel R. Delany's novel Hogg and others like the work of Brett Easton Ellis, Justine is not so very shocking in the contemporary landscape despite De Sade's reputation. Of course, De Sade's later novels, especially The Days of Sodom , truly do contain disgusting material, even by contemporary standards. If one feels you really MUST read De Sade, I guess this is one of the most accessible ones, but, even though it is De Sade 'lite' it does nonetheless contain quite a bit of sadism, and poor little Justine does seem a bit of a sucker for punishment, the quintessential 'victim'.
Justine is the quintessential sad sac of the ages. De Sade paints her as a poor meek little thing who, according to him, deserves her end because of her continued piousness. His rhetoric is of course completely distorted, but one does get a sense that she possibly unwittingly or subconsciously invites victimhood. I hope people won't find it too cruel if I say that her end was actually quite a humorous piece of Deux Ex Machina. De Sade subverts a very common trope, by having a punishment that is usually visited upon sinners, strike down the innocent instead.
One often has to wonder why a lightning bolt never came down from heaven to strike the sinful Marquis himself down. I liked that at least De Sade does not try to justify sadism as anything else than what it really is. He openly rebels against 'piety' with his proposed hedonistic rhetoric. The sadists and hedonists in the novel are what they are, fully and completely, and they don't make excuses for it, or pretend to 'love' their victims.
They don't love their victims. They are most definitely not 'relationship' material, not poor misunderstood whelps who can be recycled if you just loved them enough. He removes all the cobwebby romanticism, the smarmy treacle that these proclivities tend to be marinated in in popular fiction. I don't agree with most of De Sade's philosophy, but from a literary stylistic point of view the book is probably a sight better than 50 Shades of Grey.
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Proper review to follow when time permits. View all 13 comments. Just add philosophical musings to the sexcapades and basically you have porn for intellectuals! View all 3 comments. First impressions: Marquis de Sade So I had learned about Marquis de Sade, or at least first heard of him after watching the movie Quills and I immediately became really interested. Yes, his works are incredibly graphic and really go off the deep end, but he was added to my bucket list of authors I wanted to read just for the sake of reading. After doing a little research I chose Justine, a classic, and one of his more famous stories to give a try at but it was a First impressions: Marquis de Sade After doing a little research I chose Justine, a classic, and one of his more famous stories to give a try at but it was a failure.
I got either really bored or completely confused. Ah ha! So away I went onto this journey, knowing that this was going to be one heck of a messed up story but curiosity is a powerful thing To start things off, before I really get into my opinion on Justine, a quick summary and yes this will contain spoilers, but I include them so everyone can understand where the heck I'm coming from here.
Both orphaned just a few years before they could be married off split their inheritance and separate ways due to their highly contrasting ideals. Juliet believes that to get what you want, you must be willing to do anything. Justine on the other hand believes that as long as you maintain perfect virtue, God will reward you with a perfect life. The sisters separate and Juliet immediately gives her inheritance to a Madame of a brothel where over the years she becomes famous for her skills and discretion.
She marries several times and her fortune multiplies as each husband 'mysteriously' dies soon after the wedding and she gains their inheritances. However she soon meets her match in her mid thirties and both decide to have a fun trip around the country side when they pull up to an inn and see the most beautiful young woman bound in handcuffs and off to Paris to be hanged. Curiosity ignites in Juliet and she pays the jailers to stay the night at the inn to rest so that they can hear the girl's story. Shyly the girl introduces herself as Therese and tells them straightaway she will not reveal her lineage or the circumstances of her childhood but would rather begin when she became orphaned and her fate with vice began when she was at the age of Her first employer she explains, hired her as a maid and took her in due to pity and on recommendation of a family friend.
Soon though, Therese learns that her employer is robbing people and is asked to join. Refusing out of her love of virtue she is fired and blamed for the robberies that had occurred at the residence. On the run she is taken in by a group of bandits whom ask her to join them or die. Again she explains she cannot due to her virtue and they say she must stay with them since she knows who they are. An orgy then takes place but gets to keep her virginity after pleading mercy to the thieves. The next day, the thieves return to their lair bringing a young man with them whom they had just robbed.
Nursing the man, Therese and him run away in the night where he promises to hire her as a maid after hearing of her misfortunes. But the next day he hits her over the head, rapes her and flees with all of her money and clothes. Walking aimlessly in the woods she encounters two male lovers, the richer of the two hiring her as a maid in trade for her silence on his debaucheries.
For two years she works for this Lord Asshole no pun intended where he confides he will poison his aunt to get his inheritance sooner. Following her sense of virtue she confesses the plan to the aunt, but it is too late. She is soon after poisoned and the blame once more put onto Therese where she must run away into the woods.
The Lord however soon catches up to her and makes his dogs torture her for an hour until she faints from the bites. Leaving her for dead, Therese awakens and travels to the nearest town and seeks a doctor. The doctor however is also crazy messed up for after healing her, she finds out he is really into BDSM with kids, including his daughter. Again she tries to rescue the victim of vice, the daughter, and again fails.
Therese again runs away and on her travels seeks a monastery to confess everything that had happened to her. A women in the woods directs the way to the closest one and it isn't until nightfall Therese finds the place. An older monk takes her confession and after questioning whether anyone knew she was there or if she had any relatives, kidnaps her and takes her into a hidden prison near the monastery where four monks keep 32 women as prisoners for their every whim.
Therese is raped and tortured by all four monks for a year before breaking out and immediately getting kidnapped AGAIN. This time by two young men who take her to a Count's chateau to be a maid for his ailing wife. Therese agrees, just happy to be away from the monastery, before she learns that the reason no maid stays around long is because the Count loves to bleed people.
Yes, bleed people. Every four days he bleeds his wife close to death for his enjoyment. Hence why he goes through so many over the years. Eventually though they get caught, Therese gets arrested but let go since the judge believes her pitiful story. Some more harrowing things happen including a proposal and then instant poisoning before Therese ends up trying to save a baby from a fire, trips and the baby falls into it.
She then gets charged for the murder of the baby and ends up arrested, yet again, and on her way to Paris for the execution.
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Throughout all of the Juliet begins to guess who Therese really is and both figure out that she is Justine! Her sister! Much rejoicing commences and Juliet vows to save Justine from all of her troubles and over the months nurses her back to health. However Therese soon gets depressed knowing that some calamity will soon befall her and sure enough she gets struck by lightening. The end. Now that we have gotten through all the nitty-and-gritty here is my opinion. What a load of garbage. Seriously why is this still in print anymore? Its like the Kardashians, famous for being famous and just as pathetic and sad.
Basically the Marquis tried his hardest to not only gross out his audience but piss them off. The whole story's premise is basically that there cannot be good in the world without evil, therefore it is better to be evil to provide for the good. Did not like, really just finished the darn thing because I never really want to give up on a book. So many times Justine should have died but didn't and so many times she was just soo brainless. I mean if you keep getting kidnapped on your nightly walks, maybe Daytime girl. Waste of time but hey I crossed it off on my bucket list.
Don't really recommend for anyone unless you are just really curious what the heck it is after seeing the movie Quills. There I said it. I'm out. View all 4 comments. It is precisely the Misfortunes of Virtue which Sade illuminates in Justine. Virtue, personified in Justine, is perpetually confronted by misfortune, and subdued by an omnipresent force, which, as expected from the Marquis, drips animalistic eroticism. Justine is, inarguably, a novel on depravity, but beyond its blatant decadent literature, Justine is also to be seen and appreciated as a historical document -- a passionate chronicle and assessment of a culture not governed by law, but through th It is precisely the Misfortunes of Virtue which Sade illuminates in Justine.
Justine is, inarguably, a novel on depravity, but beyond its blatant decadent literature, Justine is also to be seen and appreciated as a historical document -- a passionate chronicle and assessment of a culture not governed by law, but through the despotic monarchy of King Louis XVI.
It is, essentially, a work of political philosophy and a critique of Revolutionary France. Despite its ardent imagery the novel expands beyond the prurient joyride evident in its erotic style.
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The Marquis expounds man's unfettered indulgence as being fueled by momentary impulse and pleasure-- blind to consequence, or affliction to others. In the Sadean demimonde, characters and people , were placed in either a position to impose their desires or as the objects upon which the desires of others were imposed upon -- occasionally a character enjoys the magnificence of the two.
Sade not only boldly decorated the macabre side of humanity, but he also glorified it and gave it a name—libertinism. Justine is, arguably, the most extraordinary novel of the Marquis; the horrors narrated evoke a plethora of emotions in the reader—one minute inducing uninhibited sexual arousal, shortly after the arousal gives way to anguish, anguish to desperation, desperation into repudiation, until repudiation finally precipitates into cholera.
Admittedly, I was simultaneously horrified and strangely captivated by Justine. View 2 comments. When egoism hypertrophies, when it grows and grows like a cancer, then that person becomes a full-blown evil person. View all 8 comments. Certainly none of his books are ones that you'd recommend to a maiden aunt. Part of their reputation is well earned. However, it is, I think, a pity to dismiss him simply as a pornographer. His books are an unusual read, but are stimulating. His fierce anti-clericism is refreshing, if, as with most of what he says, rather on the extreme level.
What I find most informative, though, are his discussions of morality, ethics and government. It is unfortunate that his fascinating political and social observations are mixed up with the salacious stuff, so it's difficult, for many people, to come to grips with them. If you're not squeamish, or easily offended, and are interested in a remarkable man, with an unusual perspective, I think de Sade is well worth reading! Saying that this is my kind of porn comes across very, very badly. So before i say that or write it i just want to make it absolutely clear that i enjoyed the intellectual side of it, not the raping side.
So, without further ado, this is my kind of porn! Hence the 5 stars. I'd also like to formally invite the Marquis over to my place for dinner this Saturday, because as we all know he and Elvis are having the time of their still very ongoing lives somewhere on a secluded island, Richard Branso Saying that this is my kind of porn comes across very, very badly. I'd also like to formally invite the Marquis over to my place for dinner this Saturday, because as we all know he and Elvis are having the time of their still very ongoing lives somewhere on a secluded island, Richard Branson style.
And please bring a pen, certain parts of my anatomy need signing. Seriously, i'm a massive fan. Now, what to say about the book itsself? It's damn good and you all should read it. Not quite as good as "Philosophy in the Bedroom," but great fun to read. I honestly can't believe the sheer comical value of this book! Justine gets raped so often, one becomes completely bored of it and starts to wonder how much more it'll take for the dumb, litte blonde to realise that religion isn't helping her?
It sounds bad, but please read it and all of Sade's other books before you hate on the man. I mean, how evil can a guy that liked children's party games really be? This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Oh my God, this is one of the worst books I've read in my life. The writing is vulgar and repetitive and the author has a lexicon of words and expressions, which he never strays away from.
The male characters aren't really characters plural as much as one character repeated ten times. It's the very same man again and again - a sadist har-har who likes to have orgies with both females and males alike, and to give himself pleasure while torturing other people. Also, all the men in the book gi Oh my God, this is one of the worst books I've read in my life. Also, all the men in the book give Justine the EXACT same speech about how it's so much easier to make a woman feel pain rather than pleasure.
Even their descriptions are repetitive - they all seem cruel and disgusting, even though Justine ALWAYS realizes that after she's realized they really are cruel and disgusting. All the girls in the book are so "marvelous", "beautiful", "young", "stunning", "lovely", et cetera, et cetera. And not to mention Justine who's not really good, OR a victim.
She may be forced to go somewhere, but all the things she does, she does them willingly. They offer her that help and in return they want sex. All of a sudden she's all innocent and would never do what they ask. They force her to. They tell her what they want, and she does it, willingly.
So, it's not really even a matter of "forced". Who's description of good and innocent is that? And once she's about to be killed, a miracle happens and she's free. She goes to someone for help. I don't know what people find so highly intelligent about this book, but obviously the gates of wisdom don't want to open up for me. It was written as a "rape dream", as the author, an infamous pervert, did not want a real victim, he wanted a perversion that is both innocent and unwilling, and, at the same time, all too willing to be had by hordes of men. I think that it is very easy to see how there is a huge difference between the fate of a victim and the fate of a woman who is entirely fabricated to be pleasing to abusers.
Therefore, the rape argument would be completely valid in every other situation, except for one where the purpose of the character is to be a daft cow who wants it. More so, I think it's offensive to real victims for Justine to be called one, as de Sade wanted her to be a wretch for the purpose of his own perversity. View all 6 comments. I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book. Knowing de Sade's reputation I assumed Justine would be controversial and an interesting insight to the late 18th century life. Yes, I can see how and why it was controversial and yes, it was a sort of an insight to a late 18th century deviant's mind, but interesting?
Not so much. I think I expected more substance and depth to the story from Justine as a reading experience.
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It took me months to read it, mostly because I couldn't understand any of I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book. It took me months to read it, mostly because I couldn't understand any of the characters, I strongly disagreed with many of the "philosophy" rants in the book and I suppose I was already too jaded for the shock value to have any effect.
I do see why de Sade was and has become such a debated author and philosopher, but I doubt he'd get a following if he lived and wrote in today's world. You have to switch your brain a couple hundred years back before you can really see a point to this book. Justine is basically about good and evil, virtue and sin, good guys vs. It's all very well, but it gets tiring after a while. The same scene gets repeated so many times that the reader me at least gets frustrated with all that obviousness.
The heroine possibly the dumbest chick ever to appear in a book gets assaulted, imprisoned, raped and abused so many times and in so many ways that in the end you just don't care anymore. Justine is de Sade's personification of the perfect believer - she's virtuous and blindly faithful to her God, naive and easily manipulated, always willing to help others and never learning from her mistakes or past experiences. The so-called bad guys, on the other hand, are twisted and sadistic atheists, to them it's all about having their own pleasure with any means necessary and not giving a crap about anything or anyone else.
And therein lies my biggest problem with the book.
It seems that in de Sade's mind atheism is not so much about denying the possibility of God, but hating him. The abusers do monologues that last for pages, advising Justine to practically stomp on God and embrace the hedonistic lifestyle they all seem to be rooting for. She's like a creep magnet, finding every perv in France! Anyhow, I'm not impressed by the way de Sade insinuates that if you're not a virtuous believer, you have no morale. I think he failed to see the concepts of religion and morale in a bigger context and made a few rash conclusions based on his own experience.
All in all, I think Justine was pretty much a collection of de Sade's own fantasies disguised with a few bits of philosophical debate. Justine does a good deed for someone, who then kidnaps her. She engages in religious and moral debates with the libertine and then gets the crap tortured out of her. Somehow, she manages to escape captivity, where she meets someone and does a good deed for them Rinse and repeat until the end. To read De Sade, you of course have to get over his reputation. Yes, his work is pretty vile-even by today's standards-and yet he also had a lot to say about politics, morals, and religion.
Most importan Justine does a good deed for someone, who then kidnaps her. Most importantly, however, his work stands as a fascinating piece of literary history. This is primarily a book of philosophy The philosophy is that of the merits of vice vs. The protagonist a virtuous woman falls prey to a series of libertines who use and abuse her in whatever ways they deem pleasurable to themselves. The constant falling of Therese into peril reminded me of the storyline Voltaire employed in attacking the philosophy of "the best of all possible worlds" in Candide.
The ending to this story will surprise you. Sooo when I first read this I thought it was alright, kind of repetitive and pointless. BUT after rereading and analyzing it from a critical perspective for school, I can definitely say that its kind of subtly brilliant, something I think people definitely miss when they read it the first time around. If you read this, be sure you have lots of literary criticism to help you pick out the finer details. Carter, Dworkin, etc. I don't even know how to rate or review this. Yes, I was well aware of de Sade's reputation before I started reading this and I knew what the subject matter would be like.
If you don't know well, look it up rape, torture, scat, vivisection, and worse. Despite the disturbing subject matter and Justine isn't even considered one of his most depraved works - I believe that title belongs to Days of Sodom , this book has stood the test of time and is considered by some, a classic. I don't reall I don't even know how to rate or review this. I don't really have the time to go full philosophical in this review, so I will review it like I do most books. The story was repetitive and frustrating.
The actions of the main character were often stupid. I liked the writing or, I guess, translation , and I think I would like to sit down and do some research on de Sade and his works to learn more about his intentions and impact. Anyway, this book is not for the faint of heart.
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