Is there a place in this world for such books as the Marquis De Sade's "120 days of Sodom" should this book be held in the same regard as say Jane Austin, Dickens's and many of the other literary classics.
Can we learn from these books, is not just our own folly if we don not understand the intent of the books. I take Bret Easton Ellis' novel "American Psycho" as an example. IN the context of Ellis' other work it is easy to see the intent of the book as a satire and yet people often misinterupt the scenes of sex and over the top violence, not seeing that their intent is to shock and horrorify and show us as humans of what we are capable of.
Is this the reason why we tend to despise or disregard such books, because they may be closer to the truth than we care to admit.
If this does not make sense, please consider the time difference for me it is about midnight, I know that is a bad time to engage in any forum but it is just something I have been pondering.
"across the unfair divide
where black will never meet white
so read my token lips
as though they never exist"