Dec 27, 2004

The Society in Books

Well here are some books I found relevant because of its significance in the arts subjects that one learns at law school.

Animal Farm by George Orwell - my all-time favourite Political satire. We have all the communist greats featuring either as a pigs or as some socially relevant animal member of the Animal Farm. Read it and learn how when they couldn't make out any difference when they looked from man to pig and from pig to man.

1984 by George Orwell - again a classic satire, prophetic at times, with frighteningly real resemblances to the New American Empire. I found a semblance of an argument against Capital puishment there. If there's anyone else who've read the book, and felt that it could be an argument against the ineffectiveness of Capital Punishment, please discuss.

Catcher in They Rye by J. D. Salinger - Sociology here. Holden Caufield is the deviant. How he hates them phonies. The world is full of phonies when one comes to think of it. Wonderful book.

Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre - Sociology again. The knife that Vernon Gregory Little imagines on his back, for which he holds his mother responsible, is sociological explanation of guilt and prick of conscience that mother induces in you so that you are forever under her control. Profound. This one's also a satire of the current American society glued as it is to the Reality of Reality TV. There's even playing God by choosing which Death Row inmate should be executed first. There's one about lawyer's being the baby's who when born give out false hooshy kind of laughs. Reminds me of some lawyers I've seen.

That's all I can think of now. Will post if something new comes up.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ah, all those are genius, but Vernon God Little is probably the best book I've ever read. All his descriptions are so fresh and witty, there are no tired metaphors and a single phrase gives you an immediate impression of what you're meant to be looking at e.g. 'A wooden hairdo poked into the room.' 'It struck something in me, as being desperately, tragically accurate yet ultimately optimistic. Does 'hooshy' (as in the attorney's, and countless other people's, laughs) ever appear anywhere else? Or did he coin it? It's a great word.