Byzantine, you’re right about Coyote Blue – but if it’s read as humor, then it’s not quite so bad. His trickster “friend” really put him through hell, didn’t he?
The absolutely most disturbing book I’ve ever read is The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski. It’s worthy of a thread all its own.
I just kept thinking “he had to have made all this up, people couldn’t be like that” – and I cut my reading teeth on Holocaust literature so I shouldn’t have been so shocked. Maybe because the story was so personal.
The other disturbing part is the pornographic effect – he couldn’t have intended some of those passages to be sexually arousing, but they were.
Made me think I was kinda sick, for a long time.
(Please tell me I’m not the only one who felt like that. Please?)