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Under the Roofs of Paris by Henry Miller
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May 09, 2010

it was amazing

Though many view this novel as obscene, I see it as a beautiful piece of art. Sometimes it's difficult to get through, the monologue during certain scenes drowns out the setting and when Alf zones back in I'm left thinking, "Wait. What's going on?"

The use of rape and pedophilia is prevalent, Miller doesn't hide this, nor his thoughts of disgust and piqued interest. He bears his character's soul and touches on taboo topics.

This novel isn't for everyone. There are violent scenes of rape, many levels of child prostitution and pedophilia--enough so that it makes the reader somewhat uncomfortable (somewhat in my case, anyway). Having read Miller for years and worshiping every letter on the page has rid me of any shock.

A superb read, not for the feint of heart, though. ;)
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