Thank you everyone for the suggestions.
@Polaris: Do you know the author of that book? I've read Night
by Elie Wiesel in middle school, it seems that might be it but I'm not sure..?
@Da Blob: I also apologize for my outburst. My logical mind was yelling "there's no way he intentionally meant you
" but I was still very edgy from seeing some scenes and reading some passages from 120 Days of Sodom. I guess I do get emotionally stirred up after all.
@merzbau: I've never thought of it that way... I've always assumed that because
my life is so peaceful and removed from these horrors, I can stand back and observe without getting too disturbed. That plus my INTPness I sometimes doubt my humanity when I fail to react to some horrific scenes. But I guess there's always that lingering thought of "Wow, I guess I've got it good compared to others. I should cherish this and stop whining."
and there is also the very real benefit of catharsis, the purging of psychological ills.
I've experienced this too, thanks for bring it up
Sagewolf: Yeah Maus is something. I had to read it for an English class so I guess that smoothed it over a little. My first time critically analyzing pictures though.
I guess I should also provide some titles as well. I didn't know other people would be interested.
Aside from the books people already mentioned, Beloved by Toni Morrison, the good old Frankenstein, and Brave New World (if you liked 1984).
But the ONLY book that has ever made me afraid to go to sleep at night is actually a short story by Orson Scott Card in his earlier years, "Eumenides In The Fourth Floor Lavatory." It's apart of a collection of short stories in Maps in a Mirror
. I was actually shaking by the time I finished the story, afraid to blink or look around least I see movement in my peripheral vision. I never read anything else from that book since that was the first story.