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My true loves: Wilkie Collins, Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Anais Nin, George Eliot, James Joyce, James Baldwin, George Orwell, Oscar Wilde, bell hooks, Chinua Achebe, Langston Hughes, William Shakespeare... I'm falling for : Italo Calvino, Toni Morrison, Frantz Fanon, Wole Soyinka, Ralph Ellison, Zora Neale Hurston, Albert Camus, Margaret Atwood, Somerset Maugham, Junot Diaz, A.S. Byatt... And the lists continue to grow! I will read almost anything, as long as it's well-written. I always love to expand my reading horizons.

Currently reading

Orientalism
Edward W. Said
Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace
Finnegans Wake (Trade Paperback)
James Joyce
Lord of the Flies - William Golding 3.5 stars

I haven't read this book since I was 11 years old. It disturbed me then, it disturbs me even more now. I guess with my Sociology background it was quite fascinating to see how societal roles were created among the boys. Thoughts that came to mind were do we naturally desire control by authority, and do we feel more comfortable with rules being in place? As one of the children said, " Because the rules are the only thing we've got."

I remember my English teacher telling my class not to be too shocked about the going-ons in the book as they were the natural progression of things. I'm not too sure if that's always the case but it is an interesting thought (and one nobody in my class agreed with at the time).

Side note: those kids survived pretty well on the island. I wonder how kids these days would survive under the same conditions.