They've become reclusive and quiet lately, rarely leaving the house. Their lights are burning at all hours of the night and it seems the occupants never sleep. During the few occasions where the family has been seen in daylight they seem pale, with dark and sunken eyes. Neighbors are fearing the worst--they've sold their souls to education and bureaucracy.
rating: 4 of 5 stars I wasn't sure how to rate this book...it is not for the faint of heart or impatient. The real merit here lies in the literary moves: Joyce's almost obsessive metaphors, symbolisms and styles. At times the content is crude, and usually the plot is convoluted, forcing strict attention from the reader. Overall, a magnificent, highly self-aware epic.
Yesterday Elaina and Carter came home with "I Voted!" stickers on their shirts because at Lindon Elementary, the kids decided the elections were unfair. They didn't understand why parents got to vote and they didn't. So, they held elections of their own, and were allowed the opportunity to experience a semblance of democracy in action.
"You got to vote? Really?" I asked.
"Yeah!" They replied, stickers brandished.
"So, who did you vote for?"
Elaina quickly piped, "I voted for McCain."
"Why?" I wanted to see if they were truly informed voters.
"Because," she immediately and matter-of-factly replied, "He has a woman vice president."
"Carter, who did you vote for?"
His answer was so loud and enthusiastic it startled me. "BARACK OBAMA!!!"