Blast from the Past: Into the Forest

Into the Forest by Jean Hegland
8/10-14/2006 — 241 pages — fiction (dystopic)
Required by: BGSU for all incoming freshman
Bought from: Waldens, June 2006

★★★

I thought the book had undeveloped plots. Especially the homosexual incest scene. The purpose of that being added really confused me and it seemed to have no point. One of the better required school readings (aka better than Shakespeare or Catcher in the Rye) but I don’t understand what the questions have to do with anything. Don’t know what we’re supposed to learn from it, but I guess it’s a ficticious future if our country keeps taking things for granted, etc.

“Might as well enjoy it while we’ve got it…Nothing lasts forever.” (p10)

“Education is about connections, about the relationships that exist between everything in the universe…The encyclopedia takes any subject in the world and dissects it, sucks the blood out of it.” (p19)

“Ideas won’t kill you.” (p65)

“Nothing’s junk, as long as duct tape will fix it.” (p81)

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Blast from the Past is a weekly post I write that focuses on a book I read long before I ever had a blog about books. While I didn’t “book blog” until a couple of years ago, I’ve kept a reading journal of sorts for about 6 years. Blast from the Past is essentially just my way of digitalizing my old book journals–and reminding me what I thought of books long since read. I think it will be a fun way to look at how my reading selections have changed and what I like most in the books I read.

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