G (slickmc) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books 26 - 29 / 100

26. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck 
               I've finally read this!  It was a great book, of course, but I knew I'd like it cause I like Steinbeck's style.  Also, I love books about social justice and solidarity.  While reading it, I was thinking a lot about what was written in the introduction, about people protesting the novel as being incendiary and "red."  How interesting that whenever someone writes about the exploitation of poor people he or she is labelled as being Communist!

27. Iphigenia Among the Tauri - Euripides
          A play taking place after Electra and Orestes.  Turns out Iphigenia wasn't sacrificed, but just spirited away by a goddess!  Tricksy goddesses.

28. Fantastic Mr. Fox - Roald Dahl
           An O.K. children's book about....a fantastic fox.  I didn't think it was one of Dahl's best, but maybe I'd like it if I were 20 years younger.

29. Anthem - Ayn Rand
            A novella about a dystopian future where the group is more important than the individual, where there is no 'I", "my", or "mine", and the greatest sin is to think or feel something that the rest of the group doesn't.  Pretty creepy, of course, but I'm far more creeped out by Rand's philosophy.  I think people taking Objectivism seriously is far more of a threat than Socialism or Communist.   Particularly since I know far more people who agree with Objectivism, and none of the die-hard Socialists I know are in any position of power.
Tags: classic, drama, fiction, kidlit, philosophy, pulitzer winner

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