De Sade’s 120 Days of Sodom

Part One: Days 1-20

To say that this piece of “literature” is grotesque and horrifying is the understatement of a lifetime. From the introduction to day 1 I was disturbed I had no idea of the horrors that would wait for me ahead. Initially, the book starts out fairly tame compared to later chapters. In saying this I understand why De Sade was writing this from prison. I think the most shocking thing in the first couple of chapters was the inclusion of children as young as 12 and the shocking act of sex at the dinner table like it was commonplace. There is of course also the inclusion of incest which seems to be a semi-normal appearance in literature of the time. However, in later chapters of the first half De Sade starts to include feces with the sexual acts which is enough to nauseate even those with iron stomachs. This book is the epitome of forbidden at this early stage and I hear it gets worse. 0/10 would not recommend to any normal human being. 10/10 on being a forbidden text. I fear that this novel will never leave my brain and I occasionally need to take a shower to wash its contents off of me. Needless to say this book is not for the prudish or faint of heart.

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