Big Bro: On Facebook, you posted a note entitled 17 Books in 17 Minutes. I find it curious that you only managed to list 6 American titles.
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Twain
- Kim – Kipling
- Heart of Darkness – Conrad
- Bird of Life, Bird of Death: A Political Ornithology of Guatemala – Maslow
- The Magic Mountain – Mann
- Native Son – Wright
- Pather Panchali – Bandopadhyay
- Pedagogy of the Oppressed – Freire
- One Hundred Years of Solitude – Garcia Marquez
- The House of the Spirits – Allende
- Hopscotch – Cortazar
- Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter – Vargas Llosa
- To Kill a Mockingbird – Lee
- A Confederacy of Dunces – Kennedy Toole
- Germinal – Zola
- An American Tragedy – Dreiser
- Crime and Punishment – Dostoevsky
R: Well, I was an English major.
Big Bro: How is that relevant? There are no Englishmen on the list.
R: English majors don’t just read books by the English…but you are wrong: Kipling was an Englishman and Conrad, a British citizen.
Big Bro: Your choice of books makes me question your loyalty to this country?
R: Can’t I have a world view?
Big Bro: (Pause)….I’ll have to check the regulations, but your books are radical.
R: I don’t know about radical, but they are books of substance to be sure and touch on topics of universal interest – the death penalty, civil rights, capitalism, racism, workers rights, class struggle, imperialism, political repression, magical realism and the like.
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