At Home with the Marquis de Sade: A Life (2020)

At Home with the Marquis de Sade: A Life Francine du Plessix Gray At Home with the Marquis de Sade A Life Much has been written about the Marquis de Sade the flamboyant aristocrat whose years indulging in sexual aberrations inspired his celebrated works Days of Sodom and Justine and landed
  • Title: At Home with the Marquis de Sade: A Life
  • Author: Francine du Plessix Gray
  • ISBN: 9780140286779
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Paperback
At Home with the Marquis de Sade: A Life Francine du Plessix Gray Much has been written about the Marquis de Sade 1740 1814 , the flamboyant aristocrat whose years indulging in sexual aberrations inspired his celebrated works 120 Days of Sodom and Justine and landed him in the Bastille However, scant attention has been paid to the two women who were closest to him Renee Pelagie de Sade, his adoring wife, and his powerful mother in Much has been written about the Marquis de Sade 1740 1814 , the flamboyant aristocrat whose years indulging in sexual aberrations inspired his celebrated works 120 Days of Sodom and Justine and landed him in the Bastille However, scant attention has been paid to the two women who were closest to him Renee Pelagie de Sade, his adoring wife, and his powerful mother in law, Madame de Montreuil.Francine du Plessix Gray draws on thousands of pages of letters exchanged by the married couple, few of which have been published before in English, to explore in the fullest historical and psychological detail what it was like to be married to one of the most maverick spirits of modern history Gray brings to life two remarkable women and their complex relationship to Sade as they dedicated themselves to protecting him from the law, curbing his excesses, and ultimately confining him With immediacy, irony, and verve, At Home with the Marquis de Sade also conjures up the extravagant hedonism and terror of late eighteenth century France.
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  1. Erik Graff

    Having just read Geoffrey Gorer s The Life and Times of the Marquis de Sade, I picked up this alternative, recent biography While Gorer s approach is primarily intellectual, Gray s is a traditional biography It is also better written and pays far attention to the primary women in Sade s life Both Gorer and Gray share the opinion, however, that Sade was much less extreme in his personal life than one might infer from his pornographic novels Gorer s angle is to point out how little was actually [...]

  2. Nicholas Karpuk

    The first thing I thought when I finished reading about the Marquis De Sade was, He kinda reminds me of my father That can t be a healthy response, can it It s mostly because Sade came from a background of wealth and privilege and spent his life wasting all his good connections, burning up his money on indulgences, and generally being a caustic difficulty to everyone around him The main reason this worked was his charm The man could apparently talk his way in and out of many things.Except for th [...]

  3. Jimmy

    Sinners could pay for absolution in the Catholic church The money made by this practice was enormous The question becomes Who was the real sinner, the Church or the adulterer As de Sade said in Justine Is there one religion not marked by imposture and stupidity What do I see in all of them Mysteries that insult reason, dogmas that go against the laws of nature, grotesque ceremonies that only inspire derision and disgust But if one of them particularly merits our scorn and our hatred isn t it th [...]

  4. Alexander Santiago

    I ve always held something of an eye brow raising fascination of the entity that is the Marquise de Sade for whom the term sadism is said to be derived , the original bad boy of the literary world a spoiled, entitled, debauched aristocrat, an over the top epitome of 18th century France, whose writings, predilections and peccadilloes which ran to the extreme spectrum of sexuality landed him in prison on a number of occasions This historical book focuses on the women in de Sade s his mother in law [...]

  5. Chris

    Absolutely superb portrait of a difficult to define figure If you are looking to learn about de Sade from an objective perspective, look no further du Plessix Gray absolutely nails the impossibility of, for example, a feminist reading of de Sade but then pulls it off anyway A really wonderful chronicle by someone who admires what de Sade meant, the human being he was, and the fiction he wrote contrasted with an objective and rational approach to the most deplorable facets of all those aspects Hu [...]

  6. Mary BlyeKramer

    The first half of the book was fascinating simply because weird people are interesting Sade seemed a sad person, cheated of familial love But after you see that he was a narcissistic pervert, you really just feel both bored and disgusted by him I d had enough halfway through I didn t finish the book and have no interest in knowing anything .

  7. Alex Obrigewitsch

    This is a wonderful work of biography About as objective a presentation as one can get, up until the last few pages very well researched and referenced eminently readable and interesting This glimpse at the life of the divine marquis helps to clear away the miasmic smog as well as the overly lucid rays of worship, while also framing his life and excesses within the context of his familial, matrimonial, and convict elements.

  8. Julie Barrett

    I bought this book from the dollar shelf at the used bookstore as a way to cleanse my palate after reading about a dozen rock memoirs Rock memoirs are fun to read but are not particularly well written and not very academic or scholarly Also I m a sucker for any book that has the blurb A Pulitzer Prize Finalist I didn t see that on the cover of David Lee Roth s memoir.Before this book I knew very little about Sade Obviously that the word sadism comes from his name I attempted to read his book Jus [...]

  9. MAP

    This book did a very good job of turning someone whose name has become symbolic than anything back into a human being Gray does a good job of separating de Sade s actual behaviors from his writings his sexual encounters were in fact not terribly different from many other aristocrats of the day for the most part, and that s not to say that most aristocrats behavior wasn t reprehensible or kinky he left his kinkiest ideas to his fiction She also separated his philosophical and political opinions [...]

  10. Ben Harrison

    But no writer in history has depicted nauseating vices, and in reaching toward the furthest frontiers of the moral imagination, Sade reveals an impulse far less typical of his time his main need for extreme sensations In this stated aim, if in no other, Sade succeeds However prophetic it is of Krafft Ebing and Freud, 120 Days of Sodom is the crudest, most repellent fictional dystopia ever limned, the creation of a borderline psychotic whose scatological fantasies have grown all the deranged in [...]

  11. Sommer

    After reading the Marquis de Sade and seeing Quills, I had to learn about the Marquis himself This is where this book comes in It is an interesting look at the dysfunctional triad of mother, daughter and son in law Interlaced within the history of the Marquis s life is a look into many of the scandals that created the essence of who we all love and hate Never dull and full of liberties on the part of the author to piece together the life of the Marquis, a must read for those needing a little b [...]

  12. Jerrod

    This biography is wonderfully written The author tells De Sade s story without bias, keeping it lively and interesting not a difficult task given the subject It seems very thorough The reader can leave this book feeling as though they ve lived his life, as opposed to many other biographies that read like textbooks Whether or not the readers would want that is up to them As to be expected, it gets explicit in parts, so I wouldn t recommend it to anyone that offends easily.

  13. Peter Burton

    Very good,scholarly biography of a man whose books I have never read.This bioes not make me want to read them nor does it makes me like or admire him but I enjoyed reading his life pieced together from letters and diaries.I enjoyed the way the history of the Ancient Regime and the French Revolution were explained and related to his troubles.Not a man I would like to know but a very enjoyable book.

  14. Crista Cloutier

    Living in the shadow of his chateau, I m always anxious to learn about this dark prince This book did not disappoint It shed a lot of light on his relationship with this french village and gave real insight into his character, or lack thereof

  15. Shellie

    I thought this would be a little overwhelming to me with the history, names and dates but the way it s written you come to know the people and the fascinating life of Sade I wish I could find a book like this again Sad when it was finished.

  16. Evan

    3 4 stars Expertly written but only intermittently interesting It s greatest fault is that it s too extensive Should have been half as long How much is there really to say about Sade The whole book can be summed up in a thought he was unstable.

  17. Dylan

    I m getting closer to having all the published works by people with whom I share a birthday I m looking in your direction, B Real.

  18. Paddy O'callaghan

    Reasonable but can t hold a candle to Schaefer s investigation of the man who was not as exclusively sadistic as many believe.

  19. Bethnyc1

    I read this book a few years ago but recommend it I didn t know too much about the Marquis de Sade before reading the book but have a better understanding of him now What a pervert

  20. Carla

    Almost Finished Not a particularly biased view of De Sade Well written and supported The excerpts of his own letters are worth it, alone.

  21. Jessica T.

    holy crow this biography is great sometimes a bit dry but Sade s story and the women in his life is fascinating.

  22. Kristen Frankie

    This was a very interesting book The man was horrible, but so was most of his life I m not sure I have any friends who could stomach reading this book, so I m not going to recommend it.

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