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The Bad Seed by William March
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I really like the concept of this novel: is the mind of a psychopath passed down genetically? The question is asked during at time when people don't know as much about genetics as we do know (and I'm sure we'll say that again in another 50 years). Yet, March throws in moments here and there about one character, whom we barely get to know, being gay (his sister diagnosed him) and that likely he and said sister have an incestuous relationship. Rhoda is MUCH creepier in the book than the movie, but I didn't feel Christine's strife quite the same way. We never get to see her ugly cry in the book. The ending of the book is much nastier, though it is abrupt. I like how in the movie Christine's father visits her and they talk about writing. I wonder if I would have noticed he is a crime fiction writer in the novel if I hadn't known in the movie. So little is said about him. We also get more about Leroy in the book; he's not reduced to a "simpleton" like he is in the film.
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Reading Progress

April 18, 2016 – Shelved
April 18, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
October 14, 2017 – Started Reading
October 23, 2017 – Finished Reading

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