Friday, February 16, 2007

What Mrs. N's Been Reading - Rash

I'm becoming a fan of Pete Hautman's books. I just finished Rash. In it, it's late in the 21st century, and all menial labor is done by convicts. In order to get enough manpower to get things done, all sorts of things are punishable by incarceration, including seemingly mundane things verbally abusing another person by insulting them. After being provoked into an attempt to beat up another student, the main character, Bo, is sent to a pizza factory in the Canadian tundra. Sounds a little weird, I'll admit. Like Hautman's Godless (another book I'd recommend) Rash takes an issue and takes to seemingly absurd levels, but does it in a way that makes you take another look at your values. Check it out!

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