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The most disturbing work of fiction that you have ever read

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On 06/07/2018 at 6:47 PM, Echo said:

The book that disturbed me the most, and affected me more than any other, was And the Band Played On by Randy Shilts. However, it's non-fiction....it's an account of how the AIDS epidemic spread across America and how the government did nothing to stop it because it didn't care about the people who were dying. The descriptions of the deaths and the truth that is revealed (basically the homicidal indifference of the American government) has stayed with me since I first read it 20 years ago.


That book broke my heart. Have you ever seen the documentary, We Were Here? It's captivating but so upsetting. I'd also recommend The Normal Heart (the book AND the film) and Longtime Companion (film). And the book Borrowed Time: An Aids Memoir by Paul Monette. I was 13 in the mid 80s and I remember the school calling special assemblies to talk to us all about HIV/Aids, and to warn us of how to protect ourselves. we were probably the first generation to know about it in time to protect ourselves and in the early 90s a friend of mine who was a bit older was diagnosed as HIV positive. It's something that has always stuck with me, hence my wanting to learn more about it.

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