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1.0 out of 5 stars Voyeuristic horror story for adults not literary fiction for children, 7 May 2013
This review is from: Maggot Moon (Hardcover)
I am reviewing this book, not because it is controversial, but because I think it has been over-hyped in a way that is misleading and potentially damaging. I blame the publisher for mis-positioning it, for suggesting it is something that it can never be: a children's book.

Maggot Moon may be praiseworthy for exposing the evils of a totalitarian regime, and for a fluent writing style, but you cannot dress-up torture, abuse and murder as entertainment and call it children's literature. Anyone who thinks this is appropriate reading for a child under the age of 16, needs to seriously question their judgment. Maybe this book has a place among university reading lists, but not in a secondary school among young impressionable children.

I believe that the subject matter of the book would be more acceptable if it had been described in a factual account, rather than graphic fiction that leaves nothing to the imagination. I don't enjoy reading about human suffering for entertainment. Perhaps contemporary TV and cinema have sensitised us to the point where violence has lost its power to shock us, but that should not blind us to its potential to normalise violence for future generations.

I am not an old fart, just a parent who wants the best for his kids. I fully accept that we cannot wrap up our children in cotton wool, or hide the truth from them, but we can at least protect them from the horrors of human nature. until they have developed the maturity to understand it.
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Initial post: 21 Jun 2013 09:19:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jun 2013 09:21:44 BDT
sand shoes says:
Just seen the author in a small interview on BBC, and thought I would look on amazon for details of the book in case my 15 year old might be interested in it. Interestingly the author herself kind of agrees with you, that this is not a 'childrens book' in the usual understanding of a 'childrens book'. She said that the reader would have to have the maturity and sophistication of intellect to deal with the story. Thank you for your review, its always interesting to read a variety or opinions.
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