Review by Nebish pile -- The Banned Book about Love

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Review by Nebish pile -- The Banned Book about Love

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[Following is a volunteer review of "The Banned Book about Love" by Scott Hughes.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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This is my review of The Banned Book about Love, by Scott Hughes. At first, the title gained my curiosity; the author’s explanation about what initially happened regarding Amazon finished the job! The book is short, so I read it through in a sitting, but waited a few days to mull it over before writing my review.

The book lays out the author’s thoughts on what I would describe as “group-think” as it pertains to public figures that have arrived there through their actions that have negatively impacted society. He focuses on the case of Brock Turner, a college swimmer, who made headlines when given only a 6 month sentence for the 3 felonies for which he was convicted. It exploded on the internet and news as an unjust sentence, branding Turner a rapist.

Hughes’s writing is methodical and logical, occasionally going a bit in-the-weeds. But it is one of his points, that to delve into the facts on any certain case or topic requires the mental and sometimes emotional energy that few possess. Also, that to truly understand an issue, one must be willing to suspend judgment, emotions, and pre-conceived notions, as illustrated by the reaction of Amazon.

In this age of memes, internet crusaders and junk reporting, it is too easy to be a lazy thinker, since so many would like to do our thinking for us, to get us to join a side and throw flames at anyone who doesn’t appear to agree. So, on this point I wholly agree with Hughes’ conclusions. Sometimes, I felt a little lost in the twists and turns he took in the course of getting us to those conclusions, but always understood the gist. There was a sort of super intellectual feel to some parts of the book. Yet, he was dealing with the very weighty and emotional topic of loving the unlovable, the meaning of what it means to truly love, and how it requires selflessness and commitment to attempt to do so. I admire the effort he took to be precise and thorough.

I rated this book 3 out of 4 stars, for the author’s willingness to address a difficult but noble topic. It left me with a lot to think about and also reinforced my desire to avoid lazy thinking. It made me revisit the source of my own strength to be able to see the humanity in others, even when their actions are ugly or evil.

I think this book would appeal to those that are willing to admit their own faults and failings and look at people with a bigger lens. It may not be for those that have their minds already made up, or those that are not patient enough to read through a little density. All in all, a worthwhile read.

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Great review! Thanks.
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Good points about the book trying to go against lazy and reactionary thinking. Feel free to check out my review of this book. I rated it 3 out of 4 stars.
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