This book is a graphic novel about the experiences of the author's father during the Holocaust. The great illustrative style serves as an easy to reco...moreThis book is a graphic novel about the experiences of the author's father during the Holocaust. The great illustrative style serves as an easy to recognize metaphor for the racism of the early 20th century. People really saw themselves as different as mice, cats, and dogs. The story is truly heartbreaking - as it is true. For Art Spiegelman's father, "those times" are never over. They effectively ruined his ability to live a normal life, as he is tortured by survivor's guilt. The saddest stories are always nonfiction, you just cant make this shit up.
I would recommend this book to all, but especially to high school teachers and their classes. This story is compelling and will get reluctant readers to learn about the holocaust, whereas most other assigned books wont even get opened. (less)
This autobiography should be required reading for all U.S. citizens, seriously.
Anne Moody tells us what her life was like living in the Jim Crow Deep...moreThis autobiography should be required reading for all U.S. citizens, seriously.
Anne Moody tells us what her life was like living in the Jim Crow Deep South and does not hold anything back. Moody went from being any ol southern girl to putting herself at the front of the civil rights movement and becoming the defacto public enemy of the white south. She engaged in voter drives and sit ins while being constantly verbally harassed and physically assaulted by white mobs. She deals with police brutality and downright torture! She even finds her picture on a KKK hitlist flyer. These experiences put a indescribable toll on Moody, who seems to be writing these memoirs out a gut feeling that she wont be alive long to tell them in person. (less)
This is maybe my favorite fiction book ever. I think its fun to read visions of the future that were written a long time ago, since their idea of what...moreThis is maybe my favorite fiction book ever. I think its fun to read visions of the future that were written a long time ago, since their idea of whats "futuristic" is based on their ideas of whats "modern"; theaters that cater to all five senses and gyro-copters on every roof reveal the daydreams of sci-fi fans from the early 20th century, for whom radio was king and "talking pictures" were a brand new fad.
But what makes this book a classic is the extremely relevant vision of a society coerced not by violent repression, but by convenience and pleasure. This book challenges the notion that society "progresses" by default. Set in post World War 3 London during the 7th century A.F. (After Ford), individualism is shunned and Henry Ford, seen as the father of mass-production, is viewed as a God-like figure. The protagonists all struggle with being viewed as unacceptable for one reason or another because they don't completely conform to the ideals of consumption.
The best part of "Brave New World" is that some of it has already come true. I guess it is up to the reader to decide which parts of "Brave New World" are prophetic or not. If you like this book, read "Brave New World Revisited" to see what Huxley thought of his own book 20 years later. ("Revisited" is written after WWII, so the developments of the 1940's really change Hunxley's thought on modern and postmodern repression.) (less)