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The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
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Apr 05, 2011

it was ok
Read from April 05 to 22, 2011

This was one of those books that was reasonably interesting, but I quickly got to the point where all I wanted was to get through it. It takes nearly 70 pages to even get to the murder of the Black Dahlia, and after that it is a confusion of sub-plots and varying degrees of offensive language (yes, period-accurate, but I am not a cop in the '40s, so I don't think it was all necessary). I didn't particularly identify with or like any of the characters, either. The stories were all tied up quite tidily at the end, but I don't think it was worth the journey.
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48.0% "Getting a bit sick of the racist, sexist, homophobic slurs now. I know it makes it more 'realistic' as a '40s cop story, but it's getting a bit old now."
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Sarah Let me know what you think of this. I'm interested in reading it, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

Wendy It's much more slow-going than the other books I'm reading (even though I'm only reading a chapter(ish) a day of The Book Thief). It took about 70 pages before the Black Dahlia was even introduced. It's also really heavy on 40s, cop, and boxing lingo. I haven't seen the film, so I don't know what's coming!

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