Just a damn odd novel. The way I understand it, this was the first novel that got a lot of criticism for being sadistic (which it is) but not much for being racist— which it also is but but is a bizarre way that I think only comes from someone who is aware of changing times. Either way, it's a book that is only for fans much like the movie is really for the fans. Neither stand the test of time. Perhaps this is a good time to evaluate the 1960's cultural ideas of race and stereotypes in film. Here is a much better constructed essay on that than I could write.