Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees

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Barbara Kingsolver's The Bean Trees

Postby Roadkill » Wed Sep 15, 2004 10:03 pm

ANyone else here read it?

I had to read it over the summer for school, and despised it at first for its rather female look about the story, but as they say, you can't judge a book by its cover, and i actually enjoyed it. Good book, good underlying themes, and probably had the best imagery and analogy of all books i've read. (not that i stray far from Heinlein and Aasimov to experience these).

But, some lady in our county just recently went through the book, now that everyones turned in there summer reading journals, and taken a test on it, and wrote down anything that caught her eye, such as "damnit", "god damnit", "bitch", references to a homo sexual race horse, references to the only reason men were put on earth was so urinals wouldn't go to waste (this has to be read in character), references to perverts at a strip club/porn shop, a passage comparing a characters cut off leg to a penis ("it seems out of place"), among other things. It is not bad, not nearly as bad as what you hear in the halls every damn day. So the mother gets her church going, and supporting her, and gets everyone to write -- a bunch of idiots who know not what they are doing except that they think they are doing it for a good cause. And the reverend from the church is quoted in the paper "We don't want our children reading this trash. It's pornography."

Now, if it were pornography, i wouldn't have minded starting reading it in the first place. But the flat out answer is there is no such action in the book.

In fact, the state of GA has it on the 9th grade recomended reading list -- this is the first year it was on the list, and it was for 11th graders.

The job of the English department past high school is not to promote grammar, but to promote writing style, but this is also the class where people are made to think about things. Underlying themes , morals, reasons. old man and the sea (by hemingway) certainly doesn't do that. "a lesson before dieing" is sort of a blunt statement, not unlike the green mile. whats worst, a lesson before dieing actually has sex (omg!) in it! And atheism (though the author was cautious and sort of aluded to wanting to go with christian beliefs, but done as if he was doing it because he was worried of a backlash).

And of course, The bean trees goes out of stock at books a million, and waldenbooks is on its 5th reorder by now. What's wrong with this book? It's the first enjoyable, nonstupid required reading, and omfg, it gets taken off the reading list. Not because it is more thoughtful or thought provoking or enjoyable than any other book, because of some over zealous mother and her church idiots pointing out a few mildly dirty words or phrases, all take out of context.

And you know what's ironic about this? one of the major underlying themes to this pokes fun at major organized religion. That church goers aren't really the ones who do what is right in the world.
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Postby ChatOmbre » Thu Sep 16, 2004 1:45 am

meh... stupid people. it is a way to get a lot of people to read it out of school, though... :lol
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