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Hogg (Modern Erotic Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Samuel Delany
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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The classic and controversial novel made available again; Acclaimed winner of the William Whitehead Memorial Award for a lifetime's contribution to gay and lesbian literature, bestselling and award-winning SF author Samuel R. Delany wrote Hogg three decades ago. Since then it has been one of America's most famous 'unpublishable' novels. The subject matter of Hogg is our culture of sexual violence and degeneration. Delany explores his disturbing protagonist Hogg on his own turf - rape, pederasty, sexual excess - exposing an area of violence and sexual abuse from the inside. As such, it is a brave but necessary book.

A shocking and contemporary insight into a parallel world of sex and cravings that lies in wait in the shadows of our own world.

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A new edition of a classic and controversial novel; Acclaimed winner of the William Whitehead Memorial Award for a lifetime's contribution to gay and lesbian literature, Samuel R. Delany wrote Hogg three decades ago. Since then it has been one of America's most famous 'unpublishable' novels. The subject matter of Hogg is our culture of sexual violence and degeneration. Delany explores his disturbing protagonist Hogg on his own turf--rape, pederasty, sexual excess--exposing an area of violence and sexual abuse from the inside. As such, it is a brave book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 400 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (29 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AFA4T70
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #161,274 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.4 out of 5 stars
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor attempt at attention seeking 12 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoy shock and gore and the like. which this book definitely does have, sort of.

I enjoy shock and gore and the like, but I like when there is a story, which this 'book' doesn't really have a lot of. as I was reading, I was never drawn in to the 'story' it was just sex, violence and that's it, when the sex and violence wasn't enough, the author decided to add additional fetishes to the scene's, I wont spoil the 'story' but it does seem as though an infant has written it in an attempt to shock and impress its friends.

Positives however are that I actually quite liked 2 of the characters
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1.0 out of 5 stars Drivel 10 May 2013
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I really didn't see the point in this book. I found it slow and boring. There wasn't much of a story line and it felt like the sex was just there for shock value and was pretty repetitive. I read on hoping for something more but it never happened. Wouldn't recommend to anyone.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vital literature. 3 May 2011
Format:Paperback
One of the (many) banned books that readers were originally not supposed to see. For that reason alone it is important that it is read now that it has become readily available. It is indeed shocking and, however open minded the reader is, barriers are pushed from page one. But soon the reader becomes almost immune to the scenes portrayed and the literature itself comes to the fore. Any adult with a solid and intelligent morality will not be corrupted by this or any other writing - the words in these pages are only to be feared but those whose morality is fragile and inflexible from being untested. Read it with a truly open mind - you won't regret it, neither will you ever forget it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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It's rare that I find a book that is almost impossible to read but this is it. I can take a lot of heavy writing - Matthew Stokoe, Irvine Welsh, Allan Guthrie, Mo Hayder, Colin Harrison, Dennis Cooper - but Hogg goes way over into the realms of stomach-churning depravity. I see what Delaney was trying to do here - a book that stretches what anyone considers to be even vaguely acceptable to the most extreme scenes of abuse I have ever encountered. Shocking isn't close to what takes place in Hogg. The idea of a gang of horrible men being hired to punish women by gang-raping them in really revolting ways is the basis of what goes on here. Children are involved and the central character - the monstrous creature that is Hogg himself - doesn't care if the people he is raping and abusing are male, female, young or old. Plus his hygiene habits are so disgusting they are hard to describe.

This is not a book to be enjoyed and its certainly not for the faint-hearted. You must be prepared for page after page of graphic descriptions of rape and abuse. It's not badly written - hence the 2 star review as opposed to 1 - it's just that the whole book is absolutely HORRIBLE. Best thing to do is not read it as you'll feel ill within a few pages.

Be warned.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Appalling 12 Dec 2010
By R. Mullaney VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Franklin 'Hogg' Hargus is a truck driver, child molester and rapist for hire. The story is told from the point of view of an eleven year old boy who tags along with Hogg for three days of unimaginable depravity.

When the second draft of Hogg was finished in 1973, no-one would publish it because of its extreme content. It remained unpublished until 1995 when it was eventually released through Black Ice Books. I'm still not sure the literary world is any better off with this appalling book in circulation but I suppose I'd rather people were given the choice to read it if they want to. Delaney describes the characters and situations competently but the content is utterly, utterly vile. Each scene within the book is just another lazy excuse to introduce another rape or more incest. In fact, the whole book just lurches from one act of depravity to the next, some lasting for entire chapters. Imagine the most disgusting, repellant act of sexual sadism and it's probably in here somewhere. The worst thing is that the young narrator actually enjoys (or thinks he enjoys) being exploited by men and he also enjoys the absolute filth that Hogg likes to wallow in. Apart from being Hogg's (and everyone elses) sexual plaything, he is also used as a toilet for much of the book.

I have just about managed to finish Hogg even though the friend who lent it to me couldn't bare to. I had to read it in small sessions, a few pages at a time because it's just so revolting. I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone unless they are curious about just how horrid it actually is which is the only reason I read it. I don't see any artistic merit here, just gratuitous gay pornography, paedophilia and filth.
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