G (slickmc) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books 64 - 66 / 100

64. Maniac Magee - Jerry Spinelli
              A pretty good kid's book that I read cause I was bored by the other book I was trying to read.  I couldn't remember having read it before.  Anyway, it's about racism and homelessness (in the basic sense of not having a home as well as having no place to belong ) and I think any outsider would enjoy this book.

65.  Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals - Saul D. Alinsky
                   Alinsky talks a lot about his experiences as a union organizer but he also writes about theory of activism and organizing for change.  One of his more interesting points was that the ends always justify the means, because moral justification of actions is only really used by the Haves to justify holding on to their power.  Therefore, the Have-Nots shouldn't waste their time with morality when no one else is really that worried about it. 
                  I kept wondering what Alinsky would make of what goes on now.  What would he think of suicide bombers?

66. March - Geraldine Brooks
                 A Pulitzer Prize winning book about the father of the March family from Alcott's Little Women.  It is mostly from his point of view as he goes to help the Union soldiers in the Civil War. 
            My attention was immediately grabbed with the after-battle descriptions on the first page, but I stopped liking it so much somewhere around page 73, " ' You are not the beautiful, innocent vagabond walking towards me under the dogwood blossoms, with his trunks and his head full of worthless notions.  And I am not the beloved, cherished ladies' maid...'"  Really?  This is a Pulitzer winner? Cause for a minute there, I thought I'd picked up a Bodice-ripper instead.  For the rest of the book, the style bothered the hell out of me.  I love 19th century literature, but I definately do not like 21st century books that are supposed to mimic that style.  They always fail miserably. 
Tags: fiction, kidlit, non-fiction, pulitzer winner

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