My top 2:
1. "Lord of the Flies" - by William Golding.
2. "The Picture of Dorian Gray" - by Oscar Wilde
And please don't bring Henry Miller or De Sade into this.
"The Prince" - (Though if taken as a satire, which is one interpretation, it may not be as disturbing.)
Some of the books in "Sword of Truth" series... Darken Rahl was pretty depraved, some of what he did turned my stomach.
Treating people like that is disturbing. Reality is not close(in modern times in the West) to what that book advocates. There may be parallels from time to time, but those are usually called out as being "Machiavellian" which is not a "good" thing to be called out as.
- The Primarch Angron."I do not stand with Horus. I stand against the Emperor. Do you understand, Kauragar? I am free now. Free. Can you understand that? Why have you all spent these last decades telling me I should feel honoured to live as a slave, when I was so close to dying free?"
As discussed by Johnston (1958) many authors have historically argued that "the book is, first and foremost, a satire, so that many of the things we find in it which are morally absurd, specious, and contradictory, are there quite deliberately in order to ridicule ... the very notion of tyrannical rule". Hence, Johnston says, "the satire has a firm moral purpose – to expose tyranny and promote republican government."
This position was the standard one in Europe during the 18th century, amongst the Enlightenment philosophes. Diderot thought it was a satire.
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Hillary tried to pull some of this stuff with Obama when he was running against her.
Politics should be about the people you are trying to represent, not for self gain, or stroking your ego. And if it has become that, you should be voted out.
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But some of the writing was so immoral, and the described visuals so... uh... evil/amoral, it was a challenge to get through the books.
I liked The Elric Of Melnibone world more, and the immorality was more "palatable", with Elric being the anti-hero/Eternal Champion(of balance)
I found The Descent by Jeff Long to be very disturbing but in a good way. It's full of savagery and macabre imagery.
Orwell's 1984 also disturbed me but left me feeling bleak and generally unhappy.
"Haunted" by Chuck Palahnuik. Read it because I LOVED Fight Club, turns out he's something of a one hit wonder because Haunted was utter loose stool water, the most fucker up, pointlessly disgusting book I've ever read.
Reading A Song of Ice and Fire is like playing with an adorable puppy, then someone comes up out of nowhere, shoots the puppy and punches you in the face.
Stands in front of 100 enemies with 10% health left "Myeh, I'll save my potions for when I REALLY need them." - every rpg player ever.
Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy.
Jack Ketchum-The Girl Next Door
Don't read many disturbing books so I'll just say Sphere even though it wasn't too bad. I read it when I was like 12-15 at about 2am and it scared the heck out of me.
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Johnny Got His Gun.
The horror of the protagonist's situation *shudder*
i was not crying in the shower
i just realized how i'll never get to meet darth vader and then soap got in my eye - Kylo Ren