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Juliette Paperback – Jan 1 1991
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"Juliette" is a long novel, covering the story and fate of Juliette, the virtuous Justine's libertine sister, and her sexual and criminal adventures out in the real world.
author of "A Young Girl's Crimes"
Various arresting matters are brought on in Juliette, and they all mix erotica with dark messages that somehow sound logical. Marquis de Sade states that doing evil leads to personal fulfillment. He relies upon the success of various political dictators and powerful people with no scruples to illustrate his opinion. Also, he assures the reader that acting upon the most taboo subjects - murder, atheism, incest, rape, hatred - will free you from all inhibitions. In other words, crime, not truth, shall set one free. He illustrates the aforementioned horrid details from a young woman's vantage point. Juliette is quite a character.
Marquis de Sade was one of the best, albeit underrated, literary authors out there. His work is just as, if not more, controversial than Nietzsche, and he possessed the same sort of disarming genius. This novel's content is not to be agreed upon, but for sheer intellectual stimulation it can't be beaten. I look forward to reading more of his work, especially Justine - the counterpoint of Juliette - with utmost anticipation.
Sade's philosophy, such as it is, is exceptionally reductionist in its view of 'Nature'. He throws out all morality as an arbitrary construct of human society and argues that as customs and practices differ from place to place, morality itself is totally relative and worth utterly nothing. Out goes God and instead of a divine being, Sade promotes his view of Nature- which is cruel, cares not a jot for human life and wants us to appease our appetites at any cost to other human beings. Any talk of love is so much sentimental cant-all traces of love in the human heart are to be wiped out so they do not take away from our enjoyment of physical pleasures. All criminal acts give us pleasure, this is our Nature (if we deny this we are just not able to break free of society's conditioning of us and are not keeping good faith with Nature) therefore they are to be committed at every opportunity. His characters are invariably wealthy, powerful, totally unscrupulous and get their sexual kicks in the most laborious ways .
Because of his refutation of morality and his recognition of the fact that without God, our moral system seems to lack an anchor, he might be regarded as a predecessor of Nietzsche. Sade is however a lesser thinker and his conclusions sometimes verge on the rather simplistic 'might is right' kind. In his view of 'Nature' he is simply, in my opinion, wrong.
If he had been a little more observant and a little less insane, he would have noted that altruistic behaviours are as much exhibited by Nature as self-serving or cruel ones.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Yes, this one should have been to an editor, but it explores the mind of an amoral, psychotic female to perfection. Read morePublished on July 30 2002
I give this four stars because though the ideas and philosophy are very insightful and something everyone should read, it does get very repetitious. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2001 by gnossos poppadopoulis
First of all, this is a well-written book with some very provocative ideas. The philosophy is as over the top as the violence, so I think the Marquis must have intended... Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2001 by The Pete
What a magnificent book! This was the first work by the Divine Marquis that I ever read. And I must say, I am not the same person I was before I started it... Read morePublished on July 11 2001 by Christina Lincoln
The Marquis de Sade - Juliette. Translated by Austryn Wainhouse. First Complete American Edition. New York: Grove Press, 1998 (1968). 1205 pp. Read morePublished on June 24 2001 by tepi
First of all, this book is not for puritans and religious fanatics. This is a profound philosophical work which explores the "real" side of human nature, its inherent... Read morePublished on June 21 2001
I just finished reading this mammoth of a book, and, I'm here to report, it lived up to the reputation it has acquired. Read morePublished on June 4 2001
Amidst the gratuitous sex and abhorrent violence, this book contains a philosophy of pure libertinage that should not be ignored. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2000 by Joseph "God" Jordan
When you are up to reading de Sade this book is perhaps not the best to start with, that is probably Justine. Justine is easier to read since it actually has a story line. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2000 by freeyourmind