Having had so many of you leave comments and contact me with regard to what my Readers Group thought of our March read, The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy (see my review HERE), I thought I'd report back.
Only actually read in full by 3 of us, the rest of the group gave up at various different points in the story, I think it safe to say that this was, if nothing else, the most talked about book we've ever read.
Given a score of 0 out of 5 by yours truly, one of the other women gave it a very generous (and to me, puzzling) 3 on the grounds that though she agreed with all I had to say she felt the author deserving of this score because, and I quote, 'he had written it', whilst the third to have read it gave it a massive rating of 5 stars saying it was one of the best book she had ever read.
Hmm, just goes to show it takes all kinds of readers.
However, it wasn't my Readers Group that threw up the most interesting discussion.
Stopped and asked about the book by an acquaintance, I admit I was taken aback when they asked about books that had been banned and whether I thought this should have been.
Explaining that whilst I wouldn't be at all surprised if someone somewhere had had The black Dahlia banned I personally didn't believe in the banning of any book, that no matter how vile, how odious, I thought a novel, it was up to the individual reader to decide for themselves what they did and didn't read.
Which brings me on to YOUR homework.
Though still searching I've been unable as yet to find The Black Dahlia listed on any of the sites dedicated to banned books and was wondering if you knew of any countries/states/organisations that had banned it.
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