Story of the Eye

by Georges Bataille | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780872862098 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingperryfranwing of Elk Grove, California USA on 9/13/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by wingperryfranwing from Elk Grove, California USA on Sunday, September 13, 2009
Story of the Eye (French: Histoire de l'oeil) is a novella written by Georges Bataille and published in 1928 that details the increasingly bizarre sexual perversions of a pair of teenage lovers. It is narrated by the young man looking back on his exploits. A classic of pornographic literature, Story of the Eye finds parallels in de Sade and Nietzsche and in the investigations of contemporary psychology; it also forecasts Bataille's own theories of ecstasy, death and transgressions which he developed in later work.

I really didn't know what I was getting into when I started reading this one. It is, to say the least, shocking, perverse, disgusting, and not for the faint of heart or easily offended. Some of this was very difficult to get through, but I could see why this is considered a milestone in this genre.

Warning: Story of the Eye is graphically sexual, and is only for adults who are not easily offended.

This is also No. 674 on the 1001 books you must read before you die list.


Journal Entry 2 by wingperryfranwing from Elk Grove, California USA on Sunday, September 13, 2009
Bookray
Starting a bookray for this book. Please PM me if interested in joining. Bookray will remain open until last person has the book.

Participants so far:

. cat207 from Australia (International)
. davemurray101 from Australia (International)
. hyper7 from South Africa (International)
. mrbaggins1 from South Africa (International)

. EmgeeNL from Netherlands (EU preferred)
. iiwi from Netherlands (?)
. Fifna from Netherlands (EU preferred)
. Jozebedee from UK (UK preferred - will ship EU)
. Danielle23 from UK (UK preferred)
. bookowl1000 from UK (EU preferred)
. Fluffy-Owl from UK (EU preferred)
. Caroley from UK (EU preferred - International if needed)
. kingfan30 from UK (EU preferred)
. nediamnori87 from UK (UK preferred)<----Skipped
. katrinat from UK (UK preferred)<----Skipped
. pinkydinky from UK (International)
. raeliz64 from UK (International)

. krl112 from New Jersey, USA (US Only)<----Skipped
. BarkLessWagMore from New Hampshire, USA (US Only)<----Skipped
. mrsboknows from South Carolina, USA (International, if needed)
. ChiBoiler from Illinois, USA (International)
. innae from Colorado, USA (International, if needed)
. rockyhorror1978 from Canada(US/Canada preferred)
. flewry from Florida, USA (US/Canada preferred, International if necessary)<----Traveling here

THIS BOOK APPEARS TO BE LOST IN TRANSIT. flewry HAS PROVIDED A REPLACEMENT COPY. SEE THIS JE FOR NEW COPY


Journal Entry 3 by wingperryfranwing at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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Sending to cat207 in Australia to start this bookray.

Journal Entry 4 by cat207 from Gladstone, Queensland Australia on Friday, September 25, 2009
Arrived in today's mail. Thanks perryfran. I've got a couple of bookrings ahead of this one at the moment, but how am I going to resist reading this one first?

There seems to be a lot of us who are not easily offended - I don't think I've seen such a long list of participants for a '1001' book.

Journal Entry 5 by cat207 from Gladstone, Queensland Australia on Saturday, October 03, 2009
Definitely all of the adjectives listed by perryfran. After reading 'Part Two: Coincidences' you can see where and how the fascination/obsession began.

I'll get this into the mail for Dave after the long weekend.

Journal Entry 6 by davemurray101 from Lower Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Tuesday, October 06, 2009
just recieved today. thanks to Perryfran and cat207

Journal Entry 7 by davemurray101 from Lower Hutt, Wellington Province New Zealand on Wednesday, October 07, 2009
What an eye-opener - pardon the pun. Certainly one of the more unique and gross additions to the 1001 books. Thanks to perryfran for sharing - I shall forward the bill for my counselling to Rockville Maryland. Posting to hyper7 asap.

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sent to hyper7 in the post.

Journal Entry 9 by hyper7 from Secunda, Mpumalanga South Africa on Friday, October 30, 2009
Got it, thanks.

Journal Entry 10 by hyper7 from Secunda, Mpumalanga South Africa on Saturday, October 31, 2009
Well, that was certainly very...weird.

Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 11 by hyper7 at Johannesburg, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- South Africa on Saturday, October 31, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (10/31/2009 UTC) at Johannesburg, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- South Africa

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Off to Mrbaggins.


Journal Entry 12 by mrbaggins1 from Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa on Monday, November 16, 2009
Received today and it's going on Mt TBR behind the other bookray's = Thin Volume and I'll be able to read it amongst all the others quite quickly (I hope)

Journal Entry 13 by mrbaggins1 from Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa on Wednesday, November 18, 2009
This novella is bizarre and strange and again make me question the value of 1001 BYMRBYD list as a guideline.

The bizarre perversions of the lovers is boring (?) and the writing way to "In your face" (pardon the pun) to make for good literature. Pauline Réage’s “Story of O” is much better in this genre

The Marquis De Sade's "Justine" which I could not finish as it was repulsive (and I am broadminded) is another exponent of the weirdness of human sexuality.

Thanks for sharing - I'm contacting the next down the line to forward the book

Journal Entry 14 by mrbaggins1 at Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa on Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (11/25/2009 UTC) at Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa

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Posted to EmgeeNL in The Netherlands by surface mail today. It'll be interesting to read other BXers comments on this strange little book

Journal Entry 15 by EmgeeNL from Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, March 04, 2010
I was very happy when I found this book together with another ring/ray send from South Africa in my mailbox today. I guess they both took the slow boat around the world :). The book goes on MTBR for now.

Read it, and found it an intriguin and strange book.

Journal Entry 16 by EmgeeNL at controlled release, a controlled release -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, May 13, 2010

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The book is on it's way to the next reader

Journal Entry 17 by wingiiwiwing from Zeist, Utrecht Netherlands on Tuesday, May 18, 2010
It did arrive safely today in my mailbox. It's the first horizontal label I've seen in the flesh.

Journal Entry 18 by wingiiwiwing from Zeist, Utrecht Netherlands on Friday, May 21, 2010
"You could smack her face with your come", she confided in me, while smearing her cunt - "till it sizzles,"as she put it.
Lets just say that it was quite an experience: ), a sort of literary porn about pee and eggs or a deeply disturbing freudian novel about how the mind twists and plots and how obsessions arise and how far you can go fulfilling them. Disturbing is it either way, the world with all id. It did remind me of traumnovelle by Arthur Schnitzler, the book Eyes wide shut is based on, also a book about the relation of dreams and (sexual)fantasies to reality.

Will go to Fifna today.


Journal Entry 19 by wingFifnawing from Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Monday, May 24, 2010
Arrived safely, thanks iiwi!

Journal Entry 20 by wingFifnawing at Voorburg, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, May 30, 2010
Such a strange book! The writing is so detached, it reminded me to an extent of American Psycho, where the descriptions of events also lack feeling to the extent that they distance you from the horrors being described. I'm not really sure what I think of it to be honest, but I'm glad of the opportunity to read it, thank you for sharing, perryfran.
I have contacted Jozebedee for her address, although I do seem to be having some 'new-site-related' PM issues. Will get it sent on its way as soon as possible though.

Journal Entry 21 by wingFifnawing at Nantwich, Cheshire United Kingdom on Thursday, June 10, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (6/10/2010 UTC) at Nantwich, Cheshire United Kingdom

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On its way to Jozebedee.

Journal Entry 22 by Jozebedee at Nantwich, Cheshire United Kingdom on Monday, June 14, 2010
Thanks Fifna - it has arrived here safely!
I have a couple of rays before this but will get to it as soon as I can.
Thanks perryfran for another 1001. This one looks 'interesting' shall we say?! :)

Journal Entry 23 by Jozebedee at Nantwich, Cheshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Just an update to let you know that I have got behind with my reading lately, but this is next on my list - so it should be moving again soon. Sorry for the delay! :)

Journal Entry 24 by Jozebedee at Nantwich, Cheshire United Kingdom on Monday, July 19, 2010
Well... I just couldn't read this. Not because it shocked or sickened me - I just found it, well rather boring really. I just don't 'get' books which have to shock for shocks sake - I mean was it just me or was there no real storyline? I wouldn't class hard core porn as art, and I certainly wouldn't class this book as literary material I must read before I die.

Journal Entry 25 by Jozebedee at Nantwich, Cheshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (7/27/2010 UTC) at Nantwich, Cheshire United Kingdom

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On it's way now to Danielle23. Thanks for sharing perryfran :)
Hope you enjoy it more than I did Dan :/

Journal Entry 26 by Danielle23 at Sunderland, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Thanks for sending the book on Jo and I see what you mean by not reading it on the bus. I think this may be a read for the house as I have read the first few pages already and felt myself blushing a little. I don't think I'll look at milk in quite the same way again.

Journal Entry 27 by Danielle23 at Sunderland, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Finished it, but I don't understand the fascination with eggs! Don't get me wrong, I see the symbolism but it was just weird. I read the book really quickly and couldn't wait to find out where it was going so the ending was a little disappointing (although the vision with the priest's eye will stay with me for a long time, euuchh).

Will hopefully get this posted off on Friday, thanks for sharing xx

Journal Entry 28 by Danielle23 at Sunderland, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Friday, July 30, 2010

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Off to the next in line, hope you enjoy it xx

Journal Entry 29 by bookowl1000 at Chepstow, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, August 07, 2010
Arrived home from a week working away to find it waiting for me. Thanks.

Journal Entry 30 by bookowl1000 at Chepstow, Wales United Kingdom on Monday, August 09, 2010
I do not really know why it was included in the 1001 list, though reading it means another one ticked off.

There was not any storyline, just a description of events. I found it to be dispassionate and to me the lack of emotion made is less shocking rather than more so. I often wonder how people come up with such weird ideas and so what I found interesting was the authors comments at the end: evidence that we are all products of our childhood experiences.

I have the next address and it will be going into the post tomorrow.

Journal Entry 31 by Fluffy-Owl at Durham, County Durham United Kingdom on Thursday, August 12, 2010
Received today, thank you for sharing!

Journal Entry 32 by Fluffy-Owl at Cambridge, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 24, 2010
No idea what to make of this book. But it made a train journey slightly more interesting! Thanks for sharing, will post it on later this week.

Journal Entry 33 by Fluffy-Owl at Durham, County Durham United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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Posting on to the next in line, hope it travels well and arrives safely.

Journal Entry 34 by Caroley at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Friday, August 27, 2010
Received today thanks.

I've got some other bookrings to read first but will get to it asap.

Journal Entry 35 by Caroley at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 07, 2010
I thought this started off interestingly enough but got a bit tedious after a while. I may have nightmares about that bullfight scene, and I'm not sure I'll ever eat a boiled egg again though, so it must have made some impact ;)

Thanks for starting the ring Perryfran. I'll get it off to Kingfan30 asap.

Journal Entry 36 by Caroley at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Friday, September 17, 2010

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Posted 2nd class to Kingfan30

Journal Entry 37 by kingfan30 at Corby Glen, Lincolnshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Book has arrived safe and sound, will get to it as soon as I can

27 Oct 10 - I have no idea why this book is on the 1001 list, and to make things worse it is on all three, when some excellent books have been removed! I don't think I can add anything to what other people have said, the saving grace is it is short!

No response from nediamnori87 and there are a few messages on the forum about them so thought best to avoid. katrinat has asked to be skipped.

Journal Entry 38 by kingfan30 at Bourne, Lincolnshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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On its way to pinkydinky

Journal Entry 39 by pinkydinky at Melksham, Wiltshire United Kingdom on Friday, October 29, 2010
Arrived today. Have one other short ring to read before this.

Journal Entry 40 by pinkydinky at Melksham, Wiltshire United Kingdom on Monday, November 01, 2010
I can honestly say that this is the weirdest book I have ever read. What struck me about the book is that if you were asked when it was written you would assume that it was a modern work. I think that was more because of the language than the subject matter.

Journal Entry 41 by pinkydinky at by mail, A Bookray -- Controlled Releases on Friday, November 05, 2010

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Sent to raeliz64 today.

Journal Entry 42 by raeliz64 at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Received today - thanks very much.

Journal Entry 43 by raeliz64 at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Monday, December 13, 2010
A very strange book and, along with quite a few others, I don't understand why it is on the 1001 list either.

Journal Entry 44 by raeliz64 at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Despite numerous PM's and an ISO I haven't heard back from krl112 so I'll go on to the next on the list.

Journal Entry 45 by raeliz64 at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 12, 2011
BarkLessWagMore asked to be skipped - trying the next on the list.

Journal Entry 46 by raeliz64 at Leicester, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Thursday, January 20, 2011
Posted to mrsboknows today.

Journal Entry 47 by PalmettoBuckeye at Mount Pleasant, South Carolina USA on Friday, January 28, 2011
Arrived in the mail today. I'll start it this weekend. Thank you!

Journal Entry 48 by PalmettoBuckeye at Mount Pleasant, South Carolina USA on Saturday, January 29, 2011
The inclusion of this book on the 1001 list has made me lose all interest in continuing my quest to read all the books. I have nothing positive to say about this book; and am actually a bit embarrassed that I read the entire thing. It is a horrid story that makes little sense. It's as though the author followed a manual on how to shock and gross out his readers. Definitely not for the faint hearted. I'll have it in the mail tomorrow.


Journal Entry 49 by PalmettoBuckeye at Chicago, Illinois USA on Saturday, January 29, 2011

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On it's way to ChiBoiler!

Journal Entry 50 by ChiBoiler at Chicago, Illinois USA on Thursday, February 03, 2011
This book got to me quickly (and right before the blizzard!) I started reading it on the way to work this morning...hope no one was reading over my shoulder!

I should finishe with this quickly - only 30 pages left. Will PM next reader immediately.

Journal Entry 51 by ChiBoiler at Chicago, Illinois USA on Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Okay - this was interesting. I question that this is a book I would need to read before I die. However, at least it was a very quick read (short with large print). I started reading it on the train and then hoped that no one was reading over my shoulder!! More of a fetish novel than anything - and not even a good story line to go along with it. Can't believe it was written in the 1920's - must have caused quite a stir.

Passing this on to the next reader ASAP. Thanks to everyone for sharing - I would have been mad if I had paid for this!

Journal Entry 52 by ChiBoiler at Chicago, Illinois USA on Wednesday, February 09, 2011

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Mailed to the next reader.

Journal Entry 53 by winginnaewing at Aurora, Colorado USA on Saturday, February 12, 2011
Arrived yesterday, and I have already read the first disturbing chapter. Tis a short book, so I hope to have it moving soon. ;-)

Journal Entry 54 by winginnaewing at Aurora, Colorado USA on Thursday, February 17, 2011
Ug...this is one of the 1001 books I need to read before I die? I think I could have skipped this one. Disturbing and disgusting. glad I read it? not really. Glad I got it on a ring instead of picking it up thinking it was great literature? yes.

Thanks perryfan for sending this around. I am still trying to get in touch with rockyhorror1978 (have sent two PMs -- will keep trying).

Journal Entry 55 by rockyhorror1978 at St. Catharines, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Received today! Thank you for passing this book along. I am curious to read it after reading all the posts from previous readers. I will pass along as soon as I'm done.


Journal Entry 56 by rockyhorror1978 at St. Catharines, Ontario Canada on Saturday, March 12, 2011
Wow. I think the only other book in which I have seen such a collection of sexual disorders is the DSM. Trying to understand what would lead someone to write such a book, I found that this book is a critical work of existentialism. I think I will stick to Sartre and Foucault thank you.

I agree that this book demonstrates that the 1001 Books to Read... is not about enjoyable books, but books that influential in their genre. I have yet to read some of the books that people have listed as comparable (e.g., de Sade).

Thanks perryfran for sharing this book and to the other readers for keeping this ray going. I have PMed fewry for his/her address to send this book on.

Journal Entry 57 by rockyhorror1978 at St. Petersburg, Florida USA on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

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