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Most Disgusting Book I Have Ever Read. Amazon should ban it.
on 1 September 2015
I bought this book a few years ago, but I had so many other books I wanted to read, and am such a slow reader that I neglected to read it until recently. I wish I hadn't.
Ok I must be missing something here, because I have read all the reviews on here and nobody has made a direct reference to some of the repugnant, filthy, disgusting and perverse views and proclivities of the author, Joe Orton, detailed in this book. I assume by their silence on the matter, that all the reviewers are giving tacit approval of his activities. This book should be banned and I wish I hadn't bought it - I wouldn't have, had some of the reviewers actually said what was in here. I thought it would be like any other diary by a literary figure, and maybe an interesting look at 60s Britain. How wrong I was - and I'm not some puritan by the way, it takes quite a lot to shock me, but this book succeeded in doing so. This book truly is the Mein Kampf of diaries, it's evil.
Basically, in case you are wondering, some of the disgusting material contained within the pages include Orton's sexual interest in young boys, and his fantasies of raping them - I'm talking about a toddler and a 9 year old here. He details his sex tourism in North Africa, and his sexual exploitation of boys who are under the age of 16.