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Opening Arguments

Let's bring the next one home

The Allen County Public Library has chosen Frankenstein as its third book in its One Community, One Story project. I liked the first two choices -- "Fahrenheit 451" and "The Diary of Anne Frank" -- and I like this one, too. Many of us who are science-fiction fans consider Mary Shelley's book the first true work of science fiction in the way it explores the clash between technology and morality. That theme is what defines science fiction, as opposed to science fantasy or speculative fiction or any of the other sf sub-genres. I do wish two that at some point the ACPL would choose The Magnificent Ambersons, Booth Tarkington's wonderful novel set in Indianapolis at the dawn of the 20th century; there is the flawed (to say the least) but interesting Orson Wells film of the novel that can be shown in conjunction with its discussion.

Posted in: Books, Our town


Wed, 08/31/2005 - 8:48pm

The ACPL scheduled book discussions and events in association with the traveling Frankenstein exhibit. To find out more, go to http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/events/frankenstein/index.html