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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 cu ...more
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Published November 29th 2012 by Constable and Robinson (first published January 1st 1995)
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Heidi Cullinan
This is a book I can't give a star to. I need some sort of alternate system to rate it, and just sorting that out would take all day. It's both the worst book I've ever read and one of the best, but I'm not going to give it a three, because I think that's a cop out with this book.

Most people should not read this book. That's not a tease to get you to read it. It really is awful. This book is to sex and masculinity what the Exorcist is to horror: it's going to be too much for most people. Rape.
mark monday
'tis the season...


read during my Social Work Years

I Remember: a young lad's journey into the dark side... abuse & degradation, times a million... droolingly graphic depictions of rape, pederasty, blood, piss, shit, the whole kit & kaboodle... bikers & whores & drug addicts, oh my!... is that some form of Stockholm Syndrome or is this the kid's true destiny?... everything is so fuckin ugly... i feel sick... i suppose Delany had his reasons.

i later gave th
Tilly Slaton
The most depraved, disgusting, brilliantly sickening perversion I have ever read. Although it is worth 5 stars for its brilliance, I cannot give it anything other than a ONE STAR. Yuck.

Before I begin my review, I would like to quickly share some information to those with closed minds with possibly limited understanding of the literal or alternative definitions of words in the English language.

Try to open your mind just a wee bit and understand that there are words in which we have given a specif
Dusty Myers
As a quick game take a moment to think of the most vile and perverse sex act you can. Really, push yourself. That sex act is in this novel somewhere.

(Corpses? Yes.)

A lot of the criticism or reviews I've seen for this novel, written way back in 1972 but never published until 1995 (and published by FC2, whose mission is "to publish books of high quality and exceptional ambition whose style, subject matter, or form push the limits of American publishing and reshape our literary culture"), spends a
Leo Robertson
In order of necessity, what I have to say about this book:

1. Have I ever felt so angry that I needed to write Hogg? Absolutely, but with almost none of the skill, and I’m endlessly thankful that I didn’t need to endure the writing process of this book.

2. If I had to choose to endure the violence of a victim from either American Psycho or Hogg, it would easily be American Psycho. Still, I feel that AP is excessive, and Hogg is necessary art. Hogg is unipolar throughout, and would only make its st

Ok, I have to admit that I haven't read much Delany yet; I have a bunch of books on my shelf, tried to read Babel 17 once but sort of gave up (although it was pretty interesting and I vowed someday to return), and remember enjoying a number of short stories over the years. Still, I grabbed this because it was on a list of "unusual books", and while there wasn't any information given about it there, I figured, "Delany's pretty interesting; why not give this a try?"

The book opens with the
Nate D
Dec 10, 2014 Nate D rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: desperation
Recommended to Nate D by: the written word is dangerous
Context here sheds useful light, but remains inadequate to actually dissipate the deep shadows around the incontrovertibly messed-up core of this very anomalous Delany novel.

The relevant context: after a prolific decade of sci-fi novels that enjoyed a surprising level of mainstream success given their often experimental devices and complicated aims, Delany closed out the decade with this relentless and "unpublishable" (until 1995, in fact) transgressive fiction, the first draft of which was com
For connoisseurs of semen and semen related adjectives.
Jason Huffman-black

This book is very hard to rate. Its a nasty read, it describes in full detail everything that could possibly make a person squick.

This is written through the voice of an unnamed boy who we only know as 'Cocksucker.' The telling of horrible scenes is done with the stunted feelings of a child who has seen too much and can no longer work up surprise or fear. Or love. At one point, the boy misses Hogg and I thought perhaps he had become attached to the man who was kind to him in a way.
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Incest, rape, murder, scat, watersports, lack of basic hygiene plus foul language can all be found in this book. Hogg is a rapist for hire who is into man/boy love. His attraction to an eleven year old boy is supposed to be shocking. The taboo of an eleven year old boy enjoying all the sexual depravities of Sodom and Gomorrah is supposed to be an erotic stroll through the gutter. This book is supposed to be the high classic literature with its gritty look at sexuality. For me, this book was bori ...more
Anita Rivera
This book is unfairly judged by most people. yes it's one of the nastiest books I've ever read but it's also one of the best books I've ever read. The Character development is phenomenal and the fact that so many people are disgusted by it should go to its credit on detail. Do I recommend this book to anyone, absolutely not but, I do recommend it to anyone who is willing to dive in to the disgusting perverse pages if they are willing but, be warned the warnings are there for good reason. It's a ...more
I started reading this book ages ago, but then I found I couldn't actually take it and I stopped and sort of forgot about it. I picked it up again today, thinking that it can't have been as awful as I remembered. Oh boy. It was worse. This book is a study in disgust. I feel like Delany went and canvassed a bunch of people and asked them what the most revolting sex-related thing was that they could think of. He then wrote a book about it. He has absolutely gone out of his way to be crude and offe ...more
...20 pages from the end and it's been like battling my way through the Trenches of Gallipoli; minus the mustard gas and the Germans!! but with more filth, gore and moral degradation !! All I can say is that the authour is one twisted man(?) who I wouldn't leave alone with a child or even my own!!! he is criminally abhorrent, with a capital "F" !!


..and I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed
David Corvine
An important work of literature. Unlikely to make too many quaint book club reading lists. The quality of the writing is outstanding only slipping into self-indulgence during the section where the action is being portrayed live and simultaneously via a time delayed radio report... such literary devices are just lame.
Jan 28, 2011 Riki rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of violence
This is not necessarily a novel that most people are going to 'get'. It depends on your tastes and experiences how disturbing you'll find the subject matter, but it is undeniably violent, dirty and rough. It is not a book that is worried about your comfort. If anything, it seems at first to exist just to test the reader's limits: how much squick can you take in one sitting?

However, by the time you finish reading it becomes obvious that it has been working all along to pull you into the head of
Otherwise known as "The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs."

This is basically the most offensive porn imaginable. I don't think my friends appreciated me reading some bits of this out loud to them. Absolutely disgusting... rape, child molesation, shit, rape, more rape, shit and rape. I liked it; 3 stars.

More seriously: I don't think it has much of a point other than to make you confront pornography and extreme sexual sadism, which is important work, actually. Nasty porn is either not talked about o
This has to be one of the most disturbing books I’ve ever read. I can understand why it was so difficult to get published. Even Olympia Press refused to publish this book because of its sexual content.

I’m not sure how audiences might have responded to this work in the early seventies. I imagine it would have been even more shocking to them. But since then we’ve had decades of depravity (fictional: American Psycho and historical: Abu Ghraib). There were moments when I had to mentally distance mys
This is a sad reflection of a writer who's supposed to have written tomes of the highest order otherwise. Gay literature or pornographic material, the overall stuff is past a point. While I am definitely not squeamish due to the goriness of a script, this is 'kinky' TRASH, but kinky only as far as Delany's sexual preferences go.

Quite frankly, Delany is welcome to eat phlegm, rectal mucous, faecal matter, and lap it up with 'briny' fluids as his normal meal, and that too several times each hour.

Another book that immerses itself in violence and sex in an attempt to be edgy. Utterly fails and is merely pornographic with an extra dose of misogyny. The subject is not off-putting, I find such different perspectives interesting and challenging. The book manages to take an interesting character and makes him flat out boring. It reads like a five year olds 'how gross can you get' contest. This novel wasn't hard to read because it was gross- it was hard to read because it was so boring. Call it ...more
E. Dade
I got to meet John Waters at one of his book tours we chatted a bit about the JT Leroy hoax. I told him that knowing the events depicted in "Sarah" never happened made me feel a bit better. He said "There's a book called Hogg by Samuel Delaney that makes "Sarah look like Alice In Wonderland. I felt like I needed a bath after reading it." Now that was an endorsement of sorts I bought a used copy off of Amazon it was kinda pricey, but I felt like the bastion of bad taste had dared me to read this ...more
This book is a landmark, no doubt about it. It's sole principal is to test the boundaries of how much filth one can get through in one sitting. His style is superb, the subject matter is a little off-putting for my taste (can't believe I actually admitted that) but this is a true test for the reader. Every time you put it down you feel dirty. Every time you pick it back up, you feel dirtier. That's what I love about this book!
Oct 23, 2008 Jason rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the heartless
I didn't give this book one star because it was poorly written. I did not like this book because I could not stomach it. I did not want to picture what was happening, in my mind. It takes a whole different kind of person to be able to read it and not be affected by it. After the first chapter, I had enough.
ncn nothing
Oct 30, 2007 ncn nothing rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: only a few people
First of all I seriously DO NOT recommend this book. on account of it's about a rapist-for-hire and is graphically violent. nevertheless, it's one of the best books I've ever read. in part because samuel delaney's prose is pure brilliance. i'm still figuring out the other parts.
Flipperty Gibbert
The only word to sum this book up. It is well written- poetically so at times.... but there is nothing about that the content that is anything other than distasteful- no matter how brave you consider your desires. A continual stream of the lowest of the low. (Beautifully phrased) utter debauchery, pushing all the boundaries...and then some. Nothing is left open to suggestion here, and nothing is deemed as going to far. I had hoped it would eventually redeem itself, but guilt, shame and co
Janelle Corr
well, that was something. i can only think of two or three people i would actually recommend this book to. you probably shouldn't read it. four stars for existing.
I read over half and then took a break. Tried to start this again today and I just am not feeling masochistic enough to finish it.
Disgusted. Elated. Disgusted. I am in awe.
Stephen Maxwell
Apr 22, 2014 Stephen Maxwell rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
This so-called classic of modern erotica has nothing 'erotic' about it. It is a barrage of the vile on your mind: pedophilia, incest, coprophilia, coprophagia, urophilia, sexual torture, sexual mutilation, murder. Other than disgust, you can only feel pity for the tortured children, as all the adults in this book are monsters. This book written by Delany, who wrote such classics as Babel-17 and The Einstein Intersection, has absolutely no social commentary, no social worth whatsoever. I wish I c ...more
Hogg is certainly an odd one. Though bizarre and scatological in the extreme, it is true that Hogg has plenty of cousins with less literary aspirations (typically with less shit-eating, though). It wasn't until a few years later that the porno publishing really let out all the stops. For instance, in 1969 when Delany began Hogg, explicit sex was already the norm. By 1973 when he finished, the majority of porno pulps were focusing on more extreme taboos, incest being by far the most popular. Of c ...more
Awet Moges
From my old Amazon review, in 2004:

5.0 out of 5 stars the ultimate shockudrama, October 28, 2004

A literary professor declared it the most shocking book of the 20th century. Another amazon reviewer claims it blew American Psycho clean out of the water. Those high praises persuaded me to include it on the recommended list, and after reading the book, i must say that Samuel Delany is a great writer, for his meticulous attention to detail firmly establishes a powerful, stylish narrative that is also
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