The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene
The two main characters in this book are all very young, they have cancer and they approach their condition with sarcasm. They are quite flip and the put downs fly, however somehow again and again, somehow the dialog is uplifting. Some found the dialog a little too precious for this age group. I found it quite thrilling and remember my own experimental and excited use of a more adult vernacular. These are smart kids after all.
There is a backdrop of a holy grail of sorts. The characters seek closure in a novel that they have read. The characters in this novel were left unresolved, so they seek the novelist, to find out what happened. This mirrors their own seeking of closure in their own lives and life’s meaning. The adventure rings true, and the outcome is both heart breaking and heart warming. Rings true, and will make you stronger.
Understanding the rules means insight into both the context and parameters of the game. This books is for those who would like to take some time, note that the authors say “slightly less difficult” not “easy”, to understand the way that the greatest and deepest reaches of the mind have been expressed in this context.
These great and deep reaches are now world views in which we all live our lives. This book serves as a tourist guide and backdrop to the assumptions and outcomes of these world views. Nicely done.
Compressed within the draconian economy of the six Walgreen lectures, The New Science of Politics, is a complete theory of man, society, and history, presented at the most profound and intellectual level.
I have no idea why Mr. Voegelin is not famous today. He should be.