Mats Sundin wrote:Silmultaniously sad and weirdly inspiring(at least for me)that these people could weather so much mistreatment and still survive.
If that is the only life you know, you think this is how it's supposed to be?
When portraying fucked up political systems, best book I've ever read was Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago - it is about a man sent to the labor camp in Siberia (so Russian communist regime) - at the beginning of the book the narrator gets arrested in the middle of the night although he didn't do anything. He knows others have been arrested before, he didn't know why, but he thought The Party must have known what they're doing - he trusted the oh so sweet political elite. When he gets arrested, he keeps thinking that they have made a mistake and since they are so just, they will figure it out very soon and he'll be free. Well, no :/
This part of the book is really stuck in my head: how he trusted them, although they have done so much wrong already - bastards were good at manipulating.
BTW; I highly recommend this book. Despite it's heavy subject it's written in a witty half-humor style, an awesome read. At least this is how I remember it, I guess the guy needed sarcasm to survive
As for my latest readings - I threw myself into American literature a bit. I realized I don't know much of it (previously I've only read guys like Zane Grey, James Fenimore Cooper, John Steinbeck and Jack Kerouac), so I got myself Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut (which turned out to be an unconventional but fun read, I love the slaps he throws at modern day society), and now I'm reading David Sedaris' Me Talk Pretty One Day. A bunch of semi-autobiographic (?) short stories, but again written with so much humor it's really worth the read.