Monday, August 27, 2012

50. Justine

Justine
Marquis de Sade
1791
Around 200 pages












So my wild dream of finishing the 1700s books before September came crashing down in flames when I realized that that meant working my way through another Marquis de Sade book.  By including books by him on the list, the list makers are actually encouraging me to not read since I never wanted to pick up this novel.

What is there to say about this?  More rape, more torture, more atrocities described in the name of realism.  Even if you are into this kind of subject material, after reading about the twentieth rape in a row, you will get bored.

I hate the idea that this sick, sick man will be praised by English professors and literary critics for years to come.  He is disgusting, vile, and cruel and I would prefer to dance on his grave rather than read any other sadistic tales.

RATING: -----

Interesting Facts:

A kind of spoof on Pamela but Henry Fielding so had that covered.

Napoleon ordered the arrest of the Marquis who was in jail for the rest of his life.  Napoleon called it "the most abominable book ever engendered by the most depraved imagination.''

Book's destruction was ordered on 1815.


50!!! Woo hoo!



1 comment:

  1. All i know about the Marquis de Sade was what I learned watching the movie, Quills. That was pretty disgusting, but I think tame compared to what you describe. Yech. Won't be reading this!

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