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Justine or the Misfortunes of Virtue (1791)

by The Marquis de Sade

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Title:Justine or the Misfortunes of Virtue
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One can only imagine De Sade cackling madly as he penned this hilarious and maybe even unintentional send-up of the self-righteous whiner. Narrated by Justine, a selfish, perpetually-stupid, "virtuous" princess-type who is shocked to find out that her beloved God is not her own personal Santa Claus, the book is rife with rants on the place of vice over virtue - some of which actually make some good points.

Mostly loved it, tired of it before the lame ending. ( )
  killerX | Jan 8, 2016 |
Que desgraceira Oo ( )
  MarthaNunes | Nov 2, 2015 |
Gilles Deleuze in Coldness and Cruelty insists that sadism (as inaugurated by de Sade) is at root the carnal application of critical inquiry. De Sade's first novel Justine does apply a vigorously destructive analysis to received notions of morality, demonstrated through the maltreatment of the virtuous Justine herself.

It's hard to tell in Justine whether the story is just illustrative window dressing for the philosophical lectures, or whether the lectures (delivered by the manifold abuser characters) are just another method of inflicting the suffering that is central to the plot and its protagonist. It works, in either case. "Virtue is its own reward," indeed!
4 vote paradoxosalpha | Jul 30, 2015 |
Very, very preachy. No good deed goes unpunished being the moral of the story. That she was given even a modicum of comfort at the end seemed to negate his entire premise. Way too wordy to be erotic and way too sadistic to be interesting. A very tiresome book. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 21, 2014 |
I confess I am a fan of the Marquis de Sade but although I still admire the style presented here I couldn't connect with the content as much as his other work. An interesting concept but one that ultimately is flawed. ( )
  TerryDerby | Oct 25, 2013 |
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Justine and Juliette were sisters and the daughters of a banker who died and left them in bankrupcy, they were thrown out of the nunery were they were staying, Juliette did well working as prostitute and Justine went to work with an usurer who ask her to steal for him, when she said no, the usurer acused her of a thef she didn't commit, she managed to escape jail but that was just the begining of her pains
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0965208281, Paperback)

Full color art wraps around over spine and back cover: Woman half naked (seen from rear) being whipped by two angels while seated man with stick watches. Original art was done in pastels. Size of book is 8 X 5.25 inches. 295 pages. 1993 edition prepared specifically for Book of the Month Club, New York.

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'Justine' was the Marquis de Sade's first novella, written in 1787, whilst imprisoned for two weeks in the Bastille. Although published anonymously, de Sade was eventually indicted for blasphemy and obscenity (without trial) for the authorship of 'Justine' at the behest of Napoleon Bonaparte. Who suffers in the pursuit of desire? The Countess de Lorsange reveals her history, in a tavern, to a young woman named Therese; where a young girl and her sister fight a battle of morality. Set in a period before the French Revolution, Justine shows the battle of virtue versus vice, where earning your keep takes on fresh connotations, and a titled lady holds a lifetime of illicit secrets.… (more)

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