Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Dark Angel

I have now read three of David Klass’s novels (You Don’t Know Me and Home of the Braves), and they have all made me think about issues. Many times when I read a book there is one particular part that stands out in my mind. In this one it is a quote from page 274.

“How can such a great country treat the people who teach in its schools like failures?” he asked and the rage in his voice was mixed with a deep sense of bafflement. “My father and mother were both high school teachers in Japan. Teaching there is no more highly paid than it is here. But people from the best universities go teach in the high schools and the junior high schools for the honor of being teachers. Everyone respects them for the valuable service they provide. They are senseis. They train the next generation. How come in Pineville we’re the scum of the earth?”

The quote is not the main focus of the book, but it was the part that spoke very loudly to me. This just shows that our life experiences are the basis of how we view most issues.

Dark Angel is about 17-year-old Jeff who thought he would never again have to deal with his bother Troy who had been convicted of murder. Now, six years later the sentence has been overturned and Troy returns to live with the family. This tears Jeff’s life apart. The family had moved to a new town and no one even knew there was a brother . . . Jeff loses his girlfriend, another friend disappears, and he is afraid of Troy. This book was one that I wanted to keep reading because I wanted to know what was going to happen. This book has the “good boy” – “bad boy” characters in the two brothers. It has been described by some as a psychological thriller.

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