The following is from The Province, Friday Apr. 19, 1991: I consider this a good example o
The following is from The Province, Friday Apr. 19, 1991:
I consider this a good example of "reversal," but it is definitely not for
the squeamish. Or the anxious. :-)
Disgusting stuff but . . .
Serial killer hangs her victims out to dry -- literally
by Lyn Cockburn
Fleecing the Flock, the best-selling British thriller by Gillian La
Farge, is unlikely to make it onto Canadian bookshelves--the novel did not
make it through customs.
"It's censorship pure and simple," said LaFarge in a telephone
interview from her home in Wapping Wall, just outside London.
Fleecing the Flock, one or two copies of which have been smuggled into
Canada, is a spine-tingling gripper that delves into the mind of Sandra
Chalmers, a serial killer.
Chalmers, mousey librarian by day and chilling psychopath by night,
lures men to her bed-sitter with promises of kinky sex.
To the crashing sounds of the William Tell Overture, she playfully
undresses each victim and ties him to the bed with velvet ribbons.
Then she reaches inside her lacy, black see-through bra and takes out a
It would seem that most of them are found wanting as Chalmers reaches
under the bed, grabs an already-bloody meat cleaver and swiftly separates
victim after victim from his genitals.
And she watches as they die agonizing and bloody deaths.
While they expire, their screams drowned out by the music, they get to
look on in horror as Chalmers prepares their economy-size members for
By Page 52, Chalmers has 148 penises and 295 testicles hanging from a
clothesline strung up in her kitchen.
In one excessively graphic scene, Chalmers frenziedly hacks and slashes
at an American tourist, who has only one testicle.
Chalmers doesn't just dismember her victims, she eats them. She is a
In numerous unappetizing scenes, LaFarge has Chalmers cooking up a
sailor stew, a leg of logger, a breast of barrister and rack of bus
driver. She also carves up and freezes rump roasts, ribs, tongue ... She
The controversy over Fleecing the Flock has kept it on the British
best-seller list for 11 weeks, caused endless arguments about freedom of
speech, pushed the book into 14 foreign-language translations, got it
banned outright in all Muslim countries and made LaFarge the toast of the
talk shows. And rich.
"It never occurred to me there would be so much fuss," said LaFarge
from Wapping Wall, warning this would be a short interview as her bank was
about to close. "I intended to make a social comment about how women are
beginning to respond to male violence. I'm no misandrist."
LaFarge said she's received hundreds of threatening calls from men who
scream, "Ball-busting dyke bitch" into the phone and, "You're going to
die, you lesbian whore."
I personally found the book so disgusting and badly written that I was
barely able to finish it.
However, I certainly do not think it should be censored, banned or
edited. Freedom is speech is not something to be carved up willy nilly.
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