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The Cat in the Hat
by Dr. Seuss
by Dr. Seuss
Eddy Allen's review
Apr 18, 12
This book was amazing. The film version really didn't do it justice, as they failed to identify the underlying sociopolitical themes in this work. The "cat" is really Communist Russia, invading the "house" (western civilization) and attempting to impose "fun" (Communism). When the "cat" makes a mess of things, he brings in some complex contraption (the space program? This is open to interpretation) to clean the house up and keep the children happy, while also subtly implying that the children in the book are inferior due to their lack of a cleaning machine. The "things," ingeniously labeled "Thing 1" and "Thing 2" are the concepts of social inequality and economic instability, kept in a "box" since pre-WWII and about to be unleashed unless the "children" (the US? UN? Could be any significant Western power) do something about it. Dr. Seuss delivers a profound and deeply emotional read using language that even children can comprehend and enjoy. My condolences to anyone who has not had the good fortune to stumble upon this literary work of art.
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