I borrowed a copy of Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down from a friend (decent read, by the way), but kept getting irritated throughout the book because the swear words were censored (or so I thought) so inconsistently. It was strange that in the first and last parts of the book, words like ‘fuck’ and ‘cunt’ would appear like this:
All of the common “swear” words were like this, inlcuding the word ‘piss.’ But, in part two, all the words were spelled out, no matter how offensive they might be. Is this what Hornby intended, or did I borrow an incompletely censored version of the book. FWIW, my friend purchased the novel at Sam’s Club, and since Wal-Mart censors music, I guessed they’d censor books, too.
Thanks in advance.