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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Brian Doyle: IMG The Rude Burl of Our Masks



One day when I was 12 years old and setting off on my newspaper route after school my mom said will you stop at the doctor's and pick up something... Continue »
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    Children and Other Wild Animals

    Brian Doyle 9780870717543

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Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness by Hunter S Thompson
Hey Rube: Blood Sport, the Bush Doctrine, and the Downward Spiral of Dumbness

Mars, August 10, 2012

This critical journal was Hunter's final work before his suicide. The man was troubled with society, politics, and sports which boils down to his disdain for ignorance, iniquities, and inequality. However, in this book, Thompson writes incoherently blunt. His criticisms of the particular wrong doings of our government, the baseball and football industries, and society are well founded but are so directly communicated that I find it quite difficult to handle. Most of his statements are unnerving. The ones that are easier to digest are often gaff so few is left to be read. It is just possible that this book is not for me, yet I am not one to enjoy books with happy endings and rainbows. But at some point Thompson's critique self-destructs because it is not able to properly communicate its ideals without inducing great sadness and depression.
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The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
The Sisters Brothers

Mars, August 7, 2012

The Sisters fictional tale is a wild western ride from beginning to end. This story portrays the journey of two unreputable cowboys from its native Oregon down to California and back. The writer demonstrates witty banter, an incredibly detailed point of view, and an overall keen sense of hilarity. The tale has you hooked from beginning to end. One of the most interesting aspects of the books are the randomly delightful post-modern breaks from reality in the interludes. The journey that we travel with the Sisters Brothers quite profoundly illustrates the true but knobby connections between siblings. My only qualm with the book was the simplistic lexile. Althought the book is captivating, it isn't exactly challenging. This does not make the book inherently poor and if a lackadaisical read is what you are looking for, with adventure lurking around every page turn, than look no further!
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1984 (Signet Classics) by George Orwell
1984 (Signet Classics)

Mars, August 5, 2012

Orwell's intriguing tale accomplishes the task of making the reader completely petrified & horrified of Marxist turned Facist societies. The book is well written deliberately using elaborate language and difficult lexicon to rebell against uniformity and complacency. The novel is a true zeitgeist, opening up a passage to the Cold War. The only short-comings of the book is it's sluggish start (much worh the wait, I assure you) and the scholarly but incredibly drab writings of imaginary characters. To compare to Animal Farm, I would say it is entirely less riveting and must be read by an older, more mature audience. Even though emotions run high, it is not the most captivating book up until the beginning of the rising action. And even then has a dry spout for a bit. However, the themes are seamlessly inter-woven into the story. The many layers of this book are so profound that it may take some reflection to process your thoughts. Overall, an amazing book and a 4.5 easily.
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