The Book Club
by phill doran
Hi, Phill. I wouldn't abandon this one for too long, if I were you.
There is a lot to like here. Ignoring the sarcastic title, the first stanza could be describing that other sort of bonfire - you know the happy kind where you only burn poor old Guy Fawkes, who was only hung, drawn and quartered, I believe. I know it's supposed to be 'hanged' but that just doesn't feel right in that particular phrase!
Then the books are startlingly introduced in the sort-of personification of 'shattered spines and broken backs' (although in hindsight, 'leaves' is also a clue. You can feel the pain of the words writing and twisting, which is also an accurate description of pages curling as they burn.
And then we come to the evil that produced this scene - the jackboots, the double flash insignia, the dun uniform. 'a double-flash steals light ' is a brilliant oxymoron and leads into the darkness of the powerful last line.
This links to various literary references - 'Fahrenheit 451' of course and also 'The Book Thief', and did I see a book-burning scene in one of the Indiana Jones movies?
Anyway, thought-provoking stuff. Controlling what we read and thus think is a giant step towards controlling us altogether. Missing news may be as bad as fake news...
Comment Written by kiwisteveh on 24-Nov-2019