Tag: dystopian

  • Inhumanity to Man: Blindness by José Saramago

    So… I’ve been dragging my feet on writing this review. I’ve been procrastinating in part because I found a reviewer on Amazon who already summed up my feelings in a beautifully short paragraph. They write (and I anonymize it to respect their editing rights): This was a book that made me physically ill. While that […]

  • Mid-Century Dystopia, Part 2: Nineteen Eighty-Four

    Nineteen Eight-Four marks the third famous classic to disappoint me in recent years.  Along with The Odyssey and The Divine Comedy, it would have been left unfinished early on, except for its mammoth legacy and the feeling that I ought to read it.  It’s possible I lack the maturity or life experience to appreciate these […]

  • Mid-Century Dystopia, Part 1: Pan’s Labyrinth

    There was no intention on my part to read two dystopian novels at the same time.  I was already in motion to read 1984 – an embarrassingly long-overdue attempt – when I heard a novelization of Pan’s Labyrinth was to be released in July.  I got in the library line quickly (these things go like […]

  • Lord of the Flies Revisited

    William Golding – [CC BY-SA 3.0 nl], via Wikimedia Commons However Simon thought of the beast, there rose before his inward sight the picture of a human at once heroic and sick. Earlier this year, I considered the question “What Is a Classic?”, in part as a mental exercise and in part to determine what […]