Yes, I have read it but I can't comment on the violence since I've only read it
once, completely, and that was over 20 years ago. What is for certain is that
the novelization describes several scenes that are *not* in the movie...
PLUS...there are many sections which are written from Short Round's point of
view (with him speaking to his personal deities). The novel is worth tracking down!
From my June 1984 edition:
Ballantine Books (Random House, Inc.) N.Y.
Library of Congress Catalog Card #: 84-90855
How about that? Indiana Jones in the Library of Congress - PRESERVED FOREVER