I just discovered the copy of The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay I'm reading is abridged, arggggh!
So annoyed... I'm 2/3rds of the way through and was up until 12:30 reading (even the abridged version is brilliant) and then I turned to the back and saw author's note: book is abridged, hope when you grow up you enjoy the full version.
I guess that teaches me to get books from the YA section of the library.
Abridged books should be BANNED!!! You get all the trial and hardship of reading the stooopid novel and then none of the glory.
Similar scenario happened when I read War and Peace - except then the abridged version was still 700 pages.