"Permanent war, which has defined the United States since World War II, extinguishes liberal, democratic movements. It cheapens culture into nationalist cant. It degrades and corrupts education and the media and wrecks the economy."
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As Toni lays out, "I focused, therefore, on how something as grotesque as the demonization of an entire race could take root inside the most delicate member of society: a child; the most vulnerable member: a female."
A truly devastating book in almost every regard.
Disclaimer: If you are struggling with depression, I would skip this one.
That being said, as a long time Hesse adorer, I found this particular book difficult to get into. I found myself, many times, wanting to put it down in favor of something else. But I continued by sheer will alone and found the ending to be among the best I have ever read. From the masked ball to the magic theater, what a fevered dream of imposing dialogue and candid internal dialogue.