Monday, September 13, 2010

Little Brother

Guess I'm blowing up the blog this week but I have been finishing up Little Brother and just wanted to comment on Doctorow's writing style a little bit. I think it's interesting how he writes the novel from the viewpoint of Marcus, yet still manages to defend both sides of the argument for DHS security measures vs. free speech. The classroom debate in Chapter 13 is a really good example of this, as well as the various fights Marcus has with his dad on the subject. I find that it is easy to see both sides, and occasionally I find myself wondering which side I want to take.

The entire book seems to ask what if? of the Patriot Acts and paranoia following 9/11, and the entire thing has really hit home, especially since we happen to be reading the book right on the 9 year anniversary of 9/11.

And gotta love those teenage loves scenes too. Macking at a youth riot. How romantic.


Caleb Weeks said...

I know another book that is written in the viewpoint. This novel is a bit more violent but the writing styles are very similar.

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Andy Duncan said...

Bailey, I hadn't realized the Sept. 11 coincidence until I read your post. Maybe my subconscious made the connection. My conscious intent, however, was for this discussion to come the same week as Constitution Day -- Sept. 17, the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. A lively constitutional debate on marriage law is scheduled for the Ferg that afternoon, FYI. Here's more info.