I wasn’t planning on updating this meme again so soon, but as I managed to finish Lady Chatterley’s Lover and decided to NOT finish Franzen’s Freedom (the reasons of which can be found quite handily in this review I came across that, after having read half of the book myself, I could not disagree with any of) there’s new stuff to post.
In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness and no unemployment, and where every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the community’s Receiver of Memories. Under the tutelage of the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbing truth about his utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy. With echoes of Brave New World, in this 1994 Newbery Medal winner, Lowry examines the idea that people might freely choose to give up their humanity in order to create a more stable society. Gradually Jonas learns just how costly this ordered and pain-free society can be, and boldly decides he cannot pay the price.
In an effort to discuss Socialism and the oft reviled Communism I decided it would be a good idea to read the original theory via Marx. This wouldn’t be so pressing if not for my upcoming review of Animal Farm which very much requires the discussions of common interpretations of these political ideologies/structures. Such things need to be discussed, understood and, honestly, it’s about time I read this work to see if my assumptions have thus far been correct.
In the troubled years following the Civil War, the spirit of a murdered child haunts the Ohio home of a former slave. This angry, destructive ghost breaks mirrors, leaves its fingerprints in cake icing, and generally makes life difficult for Sethe and her family; nevertheless, the woman finds the haunting oddly comforting for the spirit is that of her own dead baby, never named, thought of only as Beloved.
I’m reasonably certain my brain is going to melt down sometime soon and that I will want a romance novel before long (or perhaps more Heinlein), in the mean time it’s wonderful to read such impressive works. What are you reading?