Re: RARA-AVIS: banned books

From: Gratefulbear (
Date: 05 May 2005

I really enjoyed "The Confession," and I didn't realize the "surprise" plot twist until almost the very last chapter. I had my suspicions a few times along the way, but I think that's the sign of a really good mystery novel. Reading through the comments on the "Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind" weblog ( ), I guess the folks who are upset about it want it to be banned from consideration for the Edgar Awards. They say it isn't really a "mystery" novel. Well no, it's not a mystery in the vein of Miss Marple or Perry Mason, but I don't think it claims to be. Right there on the cover is the publisher's logo: HARD CASE CRIME. "The Confession" lives up to that description.

pax/shalom/salaam, Darrell

  ----- Original Message -----
  Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2005 8:03 PM
  Subject: Re: RARA-AVIS: banned books

  Steve wrote:

  'Very strange. But basically they missed the point of the whole novel.
  Thankfully, they're usually outnumbered by hundreds more who actually
  "get it."'

  Very strange indeed. Even if I don't "get" a book, even if I think it
  revels in or actually endorses behaviors or attitudes I think are
  reprehensible, I would never even think to say they should be banned
  and/or burned. At worst I'll just stop reading, as I did with Rex
  Miller's Slob, for instance.


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