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2017 Summer Reading

posted May 17, 2017, 7:40 PM by Mr Lundberg   [ updated May 29, 2018, 10:13 AM ]
Both of these works must be read in their entirety when you come back in August. Expect a Socratic Seminar or two (with the possibility of a more traditional reading-check test) to defend your reader-ly honor! Part of senior year in IB English Literature is investigating what makes a novel a novel; these two nontraditional novels are your first task.

V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
V for Vendetta
by Alan Moore & David Lloyd
Good evening, Dallas. It's an unspecified time as you read, and this is The Voice of Fate (or just Mr. Lundberg)...

The letter 'V' has been appropriated for many things, most memorably "V for Victory" during World War II, but never quite as obsessively as in this graphic novel (one can't escape the omnipresent 'V' even in the chapter titles) and the movie based upon it. In addition to leaping across the border of motif and landing squarely in the land of all-out-obsession, V's introduction as he first emerges in the movie is also a suitable introduction to the novel: "Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V."

If you're thinking about watching the movie instead of reading: don't. Watch the movie and read the book: the book does most things better than the movie (including V's television address starting on page 112), and yet the Wachowski brothers' screenplay includes a fantastic supplement. Obviously the format of this novel is important in discussions of style and meaning. Expect to discuss ideas like justice vs. freedom, the formation of identity, the illusion of security, the roles and rights of citizens, and more. 

England Prevails.

The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall

A man goes on a journey to find his lost memory and finds a great deal more. What lies under the surface of reality? Where do we draw the line for reality? Can we find ourselves outside ourselves? Can ideas consume us? 

And WHAT ON EARTH happens at the end???

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