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The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigo&hellip by Paul Zindel
This play contains some amazing monologue material---a pleasant alternative to the more traditional high school drama material.
Paul Zindel is probably most famous for his mastery of adolescent angst. While this play owes a great deal to the same subject matter--it also stands up under adult reading as well.
The Kingdom of This World: A Novel by Alejo Carpentier
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Not long after Haiti's liberation from French colonial rule, King Henri-Christophe reigned through an era of chaos, violence, superstition and socio-political upheaval.
Carpentier details the story of this era, and the eventual overthrowing of Henri-Christophe's black regime, through the narrative of slave Ti-Noel.
For me, the interesting thing about this book was the way in which Carpentier shows how the black regime failed on the same sort of grounds that caused the French regime to become corrupt, outwardly oppulent and inwardly self-destructive. I find it very reminiscent of the sort of dialogue popularized by Freire's "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" where he explains how, in an… Read more
Invitation to a Beheading by Vladimir Nabokov
Invitation to a Beheading by Vladimir Nabokov
It's almost impossible to give Nabokov anything LESS than five stars. He has become such a giant in the world of literature, that one ceases to be able to compare his work to other authors, and instead begins to hold them up against Nabokov's other works.
To validate the statements of so many below, "Invitation to a Beheading" is probably not good intro-Nabokov. Some will find the familiarity of his other works more palatable. As well, it may be unwise to tackle this text without a general knowledge of Eastern European politics.
The text is somewhat muddled in places, and I had a hard time deciding whose fault this was...the author's or the editor's. Some… Read more