Underneath the patina of civilized society lies the Sadean demimonde: a bundle of lustful appetites fueled by momentary impulse and a desire for unfettered indulgence. And the target of this savagery: Justine de Bertole, a pious and virginal heroine.
While her amoral sister Juliette gets all the wonders in the world, virtuous and faithful Justine is subjected to punishment after punishment at the hands of sadistic and abusive deviants. Grotesque, inhumane and compelling, Sade’s novel overturns Rousseau’s views of the social contract, and the common trope that punishment only visits sinners, to deliver a passionate treatise on good and evil, virtue and sin.
2012 translation by John Phillips.
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- Johnathan E. Shatto
Not only is the writing satisfying and the content decadent, but I enjoyed the voice acting. I wish Polly had also done ‘Juliette’.
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overall as expected but somehow worse
I expected the story line to be just what it was, I've read reviews and was prepared for content. I was not prepared for the narration/performance of it to be so hard to listen to. The switching in and out of bad accents and character voices is distracting and does not come naturally, in the middle of hours of female narrative a male character speaks a single line. It sounds as if someone is trying to read in the voice of the wicked witch of the west, snow white, and gargamel combined-cartoonish.
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