Young Adult Lit/Crit

February 19, 2008

Love and War

Filed under: Myers/Flake and the YA Short Story — scrollman @ 6:11 pm

To all of those in the Lit. Circle this week, I’d like to know your thoughts on the Myers book in relation to his contrast of love and war.  I think Myers sets up a very powerful opposition between the love that exists in the African American family, and the insane barbarity of war.  This dichotomy is somewhat ironic, considering the tendency of Americans to criticize black urban culture for its “violence” and to sanction the more extreme forms of violence being carried out in both Afghanistan and Iraq.  Did anyone come to any similar conclusions?



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  1. I didn’t come to the conclusion you did on my own, but I find it really interesting now that you have brought it up. I thought that ending the collection of short stories with one that does not take place in Harlem, but rather in the midst of war was pretty powerful. It was definitely a change from the other stories and it made me think about where we really are finding violence today.

    Comment by katefrazer — February 19, 2008 @ 10:13 pm

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