I'm no macho man, nor is this a book written by a macho man. However it is about how a man who feels the needs to explain to other men how their world...moreI'm no macho man, nor is this a book written by a macho man. However it is about how a man who feels the needs to explain to other men how their world changes when their wife starts expanding. It didn't take long for me to be even a bit offended at the approach. If you're macho you may really love this book I suppose. So many men do not take an active part in their wife's pregnancy, that I suppose this kind of read for that kind of man is better than nothing at all. Otherwise, I'd ignore this one. (less)
Honestly I had a difficult time with the writing style of this book from the start in that it seems to try to use the broken English dialect of the Ci...moreHonestly I had a difficult time with the writing style of this book from the start in that it seems to try to use the broken English dialect of the Civil War era Americanease. The book jumps about from time to time in an odd fashion which makes you feel disoriented with what's happening. I put it down after a few chapters, growing tired of hearing about life on the farm and the difficulties the family has with farm life and integrating a black woman into the family farm. Sorry Mr Lent, I tried.(less)
I never read this book growing up but of course familiar with the story from the movie. For me, I had rekindled interest due to getting deep into Amer...moreI never read this book growing up but of course familiar with the story from the movie. For me, I had rekindled interest due to getting deep into American politics, particularly the history of American financial reform, and the fight between the banking elite and the interest of the masses concerning the gold vs silver standard backing of money. The Wizard of Oz (or ounce in this case) brings Dorothy into a strange land due to traveling in her house via a cyclone and acquires not the "ruby slippers" as in the movie but "silver shoes" that represent the power of silver backed currency that was popular backing in the 1800's as opposed to gold, which is much more scarce. The book addresses, in a whimsical way, the flight of the common man (Dorothy), midwestern farmers (the scarecrow), industrial workers (tin woodsman) along with the politician and statesman William Jennings Bryan (the cowardly lion) to Washington (Oz). The president may be the wizard. The wicked witche of the east (who gets killed by the falling house) and the West (who gets hit by water in the end and melts) are said to be representative of east and west power structures that may include banking, industrial, and corporate interests. The silver slippers have power that Dorothy (representative of the regular oblivious American) doesn't know about nor how to use. The power structures will do anything they can to get the slippers from her.
All in all, it's an enjoyable afternoon's read. I'm reading the 100th Anniversary edition, which is also illustrated in color with beautiful drawings and such.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is ripe with political aleghorical and metaphorical references to history such as: the Panic of 1873 (Dorothy had to go up 7 flights and 3 stairs in the castle) to the overall rendition of Coxley's Army marching to DC in 1894 and the uphill plight of famous populist presidential elect, William Jennings Bryan, who never won from 3 elections.
Even taken on its own the book, although written for children, is fresh, easy and fun to read. A true American fairy tale brushed with 19th century American values.(less)