If you're looking for excess of EVERYTHING a human body can produce (voluntary and involuntary), sperm and blood and excrement and more, look no further. And if you're willing to dip your head in this cesspool of filth, you'll be astounded to discover pre-Freudian theories on what drives all crime—sexual impulse. This book might look like a horrendous account of four wealthy men enjoying sadistic sexual torture, but it's more like a slap in the face Sade delivered to his contemporaries to shock them in order to be heard. And heard he was plenty. Look, we're still reading it now. Above all, this is a great example that you can write about ANYTHING. It certainly made the hair move on my head. In Sade's own words, it is "the most impure tale that has ever been told since our world began."