Summary

The Marquis De Sade completed the first draft of Justine Volume 1, a powerful and compelling descent into the realms of sexual perversity and sado masochism, during two weeks in 1787 while a prisoner in the Bastille. Sexual degradation, humiliation and erotic pain are eloquently and openly explored in a novel that was to become the most famous and infamous of all de Sade's work.
Despite six reprints the book's candor and sexual explicitness outraged the French establishment so much so that both de Sade and his publisher were arrested and instructed to relinquish any further copies and manuscripts in their possession. Today Justine Volume 1 remains a quintessential chronicle of unspeakable carnal desires.
This production is read by Susan Penhaligon who will be very familiar for her television work amongst which 'Casualty', 'Upstairs Downstairs', and 'Bergerac' take their place alongside her ground breaking role in 'Bouquet of Barbed Wire'.
©2008 Copyright Group Ltd (P)2008 Allure Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Livingston on 16-09-11

The philosophies of De Sade shown clearly.

I can defiantly see De Sade's philosophies alive in this work of fiction. The erotic atrocities depicted in the text would be very unpalatable if it were not for his clever use of language to soften these deeds; capturing the reader with his words making one actually forget that the vicious acts depicted are just that... The reader is sucked into this tale; and not just for the pity of the wretched misfortunes suffered by poor young Justine... 

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4 out of 5 stars
By Debbie G. on 19-04-16

Poor Justine not a very smart nor lucky girl.

What did you love best about Justine?

It is not a book that one grows to love. It is disheartening through and through.

Have you listened to any of Susan Penhaligon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to her before.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

No justice for Justine.

Any additional comments?

This was mostly a political commentary. Deceit, corruption and lack of justice for the common person, only the corrupt and criminal make good, abuse of power and taking advantage of the weak run amuck. Not a very enlightening tale. And poor Justine never seemed to learn. Walking from one bad situation into another.

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