I used to work as a wildland firefighter. The way their society degrades mirrors fire camp as the tour reaches twenty-plus days. I think everyone who has worked in a "high testosterone" occupation will see parallels between this book and their work environment. I think it actually applies to a lot more situations ? it was just obvious from my perspective. I could even match the characters in the book to the characters I have worked with. Anyway, I recommend this book to everyone.
It was a good book, but it had a slow start. I didn't have to read this in high school, but I can see why it used to be required reading. The books subject rings fairly true today. You can look at it from the point of modern, liberal socialists trying to take away personal freedoms, or you can look at it as the religious right trying to implement thier moral ideals. It is basically a book showing abuses of a paternal government. When I finished the book, I wanted to join the libertarian party!
It is kind of funny. I laughed a few times. He drops the F-bomb a bit - to make something more shocking thereby funny. Overall, it left me wishing I would have chosen a different book this month.
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