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Re: Lost Memory of Skin, Prt 5, chapters 1-5
I felt Banks used the prejudice and bias of the reader to his full advantage in this novel. The men under the causeway were convicted sex offenders, the reader was never told what exactly their crimes were. They may have been convicted of indecent exposure, or, rape. They were homeless sex offenders and I felt as a reader I was supposed to despise them. Then, there is the professor. He was educated, nicely dressed, lived in a nice house, married with children and even though he exhibits bizarre behavior, I’m not supposed to really doubt him, even though the professor gives me cause to distrust him. But I did distrust him, and I did see him as a sex offender. The cops were after him, he didn’t need to speak to his parents, he knew what the cops were asking about, they were closing in on him and he committed suicide. I never believed for one minute the elaborate web of lies he conjured up. He was pathetic. The professor was the most educated, most nicely dressed, most articulate, most despicable most offensive and certainly the most dangerous predator in the entire novel.