Since I am on the topic of books today, I figured I will put my two cents in on this book that I am currently reading. “Justine” by Marquis de Sade
I have not yet shown how my mind actually functions but this can give you sort of a hint of my likes in regards to my interests. I assure you that I am in no way in hell a pervert, and that a certain man in my life would attest that I am a normal human being. On that note, I have come to realize that my own life is too boring to be vividly fantastical or even simplistically adventurous.
Enough of the ramblings and onto the main point…
“Justine” by Marquis de Sade is just one of his gut wrenching, mind bending, fascist philosophy books. I was bored of the everyday mainstream books and films, so I started looking into banned or controversial literature and entertainment medium. I stumbled upon several books from this author and I instantly became interested on the perversity and scandalous chapters. It was gut wrenching as it clearly defies the basic principles of morality. I couldn’t help but imagine it vividly in my head and sometimes I find myself turning my head to one side,eyes closed, as if trying to cover up what I envisioned while reading the horrific scenes from this book.
It is like the book of Job (from the Bible, of course) with its main character being ripped apart by numerous misfortunes, one after the other, with faith and virtue intact. It presented the twisted philosophy and beliefs of those who want to gain worldy desires in ways that I couldn’t have imagined on my own (unless I am watching Law & Order: Special Victims Unit). I wretched, I twisted, I turned, I even once opted to just not finish the book but thinking that this literature might open up my mind to realism of these events, I continued.
Sexual scenes are not the highlight of this book. It is not the reason why it was banned. It goes way beyond that which includes child molestation, rape, sodomy, fetishes, incest, and the characters that portray each monster. It is a cruel world and I hate to think that this actually can be manifested in the real world.
Bottom line: Read it if you can take the themes I just enumerated above and take it as a lesson that there are monsters all around and learn to protect yourself from the cruelties of this world. I am pretty sure that other philosophical matter is also at hand in discussing this topic but I’d rather stop at this point.