Review from a Transgressive Fiction Fan
This novel takes the reader to the darkest of the darkest corners of possible, degrading, violent, scatological behaviour. And yet, the fact that it creates a certain fascination that will not allow the reader to halt his or her reading the text, is an achievement in itself.
The 120 Days of Sodom is a voyage of cruelty, the same that the Marquis received on his end of the rainbow, and serves also as a dark reflection of his times. Let us not forget that the times he had to live in were exceedingly dark, bloody, violent and quite monstruous in itself. Let us not be fooled by our hurt sensibilities when we read this magnum opus. For it is one of humanity’s best texts, one of the most illuminating, and certainly one of the 20 or 30 books I would gladly take with me were I to live in a deserted island.
“Insightful” Review from a Mainstream Reader
Okay so I labored through the first 100 pages of this book and other than “eww” and “yawn” I don’t understand how this is considered “literature” ?? It’s not even that well written.