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The Naked Face by Sidney Sheldon
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Nov 29, 2015

really liked it
bookshelves: sheldon, mystery-thriller, own
Read from April 18 to 19, 2012 — I own a copy


Sheldon's first novel. My ninth read. The book was well-written. It is simple and easy-to-read. I must admit that I found it quite offensive reading the words "he was a homosexual" followerd by "he was cured". We should all know by now that homosexuality is not a disease, hence, it's not something one can cure, so it was quite a bit disappointing to read from the words of my favorite novelist. But I just took a mental note of it and kept reading, making sure that part wouldn't affect my judgment on the novel as a whole. So the moment I finished reading the book, I did a little research. Turns out that in 1970, when the novel was first published, homosexuality was still considered a mental disorder according to the DSM-II, and it has not changed until it's seventh printing in 1974. It was such a relief...

Back to the novel, it's not his best work but it is great for a first novel. It is amazing to see how much he has improved his writing and imagination over the decades. I definitely recommend this to everyone who likes some fast-paced reading.
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