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A purer version of this book could be imagined, in which nothing violent or perverse happens, but the world is full of stench, slime, and opportunities for nausea. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others.

The cows know, as Orwell wrote in Animal Farm, “Never listen when they tell you that Man and the animals have a common interest, that the prosperity of the one is the prosperity of the others. The bad news is that so much of the understanding of the character comes from the sheer, incredible nastiness of the narrative. In visual art, it’s common for students to become interested in extremely violent or disturbing images, such as photos of car crash victims or medical deformities, and to try to use them in their work. Stephen lives holed up in his room, watching perfect lives on TV, dreaming of what it would be like to be safe, to be happy, to be loved and to be normal.While he was important for Steven’s development and self discovery, I found his character to be too-over the top for the rest of the story. It shouldn’t matter that the resulting artwork is harmonious—the purpose, after all, is to shock—but somehow it does. a phantasmagoria of extreme violence, death, sex, bestiality, self-surgery, torture, and a really, really, really bad mother-son relationship, all of which takes what the marquis de Sade did and pushes it down the road a little farther.

When Steven gets a job at the local slaughterhouse, a door is unlocked in his brain and he begins to find the pieces he needs to put the puzzle together towards the ideal life he so desperately craves. Slaughter nor Slaughterhouse-Five, it’s only slaughter, to the right of them, to the left of them, behind them.I don't read splatter or extreme stuff very often, but this is one of the few examples where the gratuity informed the message. While he removes the roadblocks in his life and muscles the pieces of what should be a perfect life into place, he can't get anything to stay. Coincidentally, Stephen has started a new job at the slaughter house as the meat grinder (the end of the line so to speak). Artists who have tried such experiments have sometimes found they need to work hard to aestheticize the difficult images: Andres Serrano’s beautiful, nearly abstract morgue photographs are an example, and so are some of Joel-Peter Witkin’s elaborately staged, faux-antique photographs of people with various medical conditions.

It wasn't my stomach forcing that either, I read the infamous "lunch scene" while literally eating lunch lol, but it was my brain! I will mention just one: the main character breaks off his mother’s teeth, fixes his anus over her bleeding mouth, and shits, forcing her to eat. But there are cows living under the city, and when they come for Steven, he sets his sights a whole lot higher.Slaughter about medical “professionals caught up in a kaleidoscope of crippling disease” in which we find “the fluxuating chart of their own ambitions and ardent dreams” that must be medsploitation, or surgploitation, or sexploitation or all of these. I should have known what to expect, as I have read extreme horror and bizarro before, but unlike similar works with reviews that simply state things like "Balls to the wall! It’s awkwardly constructed; its inner monologues and dialogues are seldom persuasive; it doesn’t respond to the last fifty years of fiction except in glancing allusions to some other extremist authors; and its writing is often mechanical. This book left me feeling dirty and worthless, I would have given up but I had the misguided notion that somehow, someway, something was going to happen but it didn't and now I need a really long bleach shower and a hug. Steven is our protagonist, who is 25 years old and has never left his house except from the roof and after that got too much, then from his television.



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