Was the violence in the book the Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski necessary?

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Kosinski's book is about the violence of the holocaust, and so one might argue that he wants to make it as horrifying as that event. He shows the brutality of life during that period, where people are treated worse than animals. As the eNotes information on the book explains, much of it is based on Kosinski's own experiences wandering through Poland during the years Nazi ideology demonized all non-Aryan people, as well as other groups. I confess when I read it in college I was unable to complete it because I found the violence so disturbing. Many readers feel the same way, and for this reason it has always been a very controversial book.

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