Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Monumental Propaganda by Vladimir Voinovich

The author of Monumental Propaganda, Vladimir Voinovich, is from Tadjikistan. The book was extremely interesting to me because he covers life in the Soviet Union from the days of Stalin forward through modern times and the "collapse" of communism, then going back historically to bring in the philosophies of Lenin, Marx, and Engels as well as insights into the time of the czars. Many times the book deals with the troubles of the USSR in a light-hearted way, still the subject matter was interesting and held my interest. Interesting philosophical statements made, throughout, by the author.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Known World by Edward P. Jones

The topic of the book was fascinating and intriguing: slave holding by black people prior to the Civil War. A criticism I would have for the book was that there were so many characters developed in the book and because the author shifts back and forth in time and place, I often found myself confused as I tried to tie the story together.