when all of a sudden I come to the part where Mr. Mazappa is teaching the boys about puberty and says…
Every month, the changing of the moon,
I say, every month, the changing of the moon,
The blood comes rushing from the bitch’s womb.
I realize this book is set in the 1950s, but this still shocked me a little. I mean, really, sexism aside, the fact that they’re talking about menstruation as well as cursing in the 50s is pretty alarming. What a strange book.