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The Birth of Prudence by [Andrews, Ryan]
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Length: 226 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 332 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (April 28, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 28, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KX6E4FI
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I liked this book because like any good novel, you don't see what's coming right away; as you realize what is happening, you are thus committed to seeing it through to the end, no matter how much it makes you squirm. It's essentially the story of Mark, who, via his girlfriend, of the title, comes to realize some truths about his place in the world, and the meaning of who he is. No, he's not in search of his bliss at Starbucks; it's a very, very different journey from that. And a much more important one. So the book will challenge readers who say they support the idea of the West and Western culture to decide if they actually do. And if they are willing to speak this belief out loud no matter the consequences. The tone and style of the book is restrained and detached, which works for the story. The characters are well drawn, and recognizable to anyone who has had any contact with thoughtful college students, and especially those on the "dissident right" or who are "paleo-conservatives." Indeed, what happens here to Mark must happen inside the heads of many college students, who fear speaking out loud because of the very real threat of being charged with various hate and social crimes. But this book is a predictor of what may happen, eventually, to American society and on many college campuses. Even the most oppressive Progressive regimes cannot keep people from noticing the obvious, and eventually, commenting and acting upon it. For a debut effort, this is well done and I look forward to reading more from the author as his style and vision evolves.
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The Birth of Prudence is a fictional work which comes from the immigration reform website, vdare.com. This website focuses on two issues-the disastrous immigration policy current in America, and the National Question. That is to say, is America a proposition nation which is based on a set of ideas or is it the political expression of a specific people?

This book takes on the National Question in fictional format. It centers around Mark-an American college student and his Korean love interest, Prudence. Prudence Suh has a great interest in Western Civilization and she introduces Mark to the classics of the West, such as ancient Greek literature.

The book's narrative follows the relationship between Mark and Prudence and includes dialogue of other characters. These other characters wrestle with the implications of the National Question in a series of conversations-it is not unlike Plato's Dialogues wherein complex philosophical ideas are explored through the give and take of an old time college bull session.

In the end, Mark realizes that he is of Western stock and comes to an awareness that the ideas of the Greeks, Romans, and other Westerners are not independent of the people who created it. His relationship with Prudence, who is an outsider looking in, is thus destroyed.

Having a Korean woman as a tempting marriage partner for an upwardly mobile protagonist is a good plot device to explore the ideas related to the National Question. Marriage is the essential institution to transmit civilization across time and this book may will be the first literary work which specifically warns white men to not marry Asians. The warning comes though ideas that transcend simple sloganeering against racial mixing.
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By eyeofra on October 5, 2014
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The Birth of Prudence is a bold yet quiet tragedy of the modern age. Torn between his love for a woman and his newfound love for Western civ., Mark is our tragic hero. The characters are recognizable yet idealized. They are thoughtful young people engaging in the kinds of conversations taking place (perhaps not often enough) on college campuses across this country. Their conversations may inspire deeper thought on the ideology of modern America, or one may simply appreciate the beauty of civil debate. The book is at once a must read for any who consider themselves members of the dissident right, and a remarkable piece of literature. The book is a great first effort. To the author I say Bravo!
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This is an important work in the current discussion about immigration and its effect on culture and national identity. The debate between the two male friends is particularly eloquent and insightful and could give proponents of nationalism plenty of intellectual ammunition (provided that they could actually find someone on the Left who was interested in open-minded, non-emotional debate.)

At first, I was irritated by Prudence's pseudo-intellectual posturing; it sounds pretentious and fake, like a person of average intelligence who found a thesaurus. Then I decided that maybe that was the author's point; that Prudence was trying to mimic Western thought patterns and language and failing. My main complaint, however, is that the author breaks the biggest rule of fiction: "show, don't tell." There's a lot of information dumping about thoughts, feelings, motivation and character traits, and the exposition is handled with monologues and dialogues that are almost always completely on the nose. It's the equivalent of a movie where the actors are standing in front of the camera saying, "Okay, in this scene, my character is feeling this," or "My character is this kind of person." Show us, with examples. That's what fiction is supposed to be. I'm looking forward to the author's next work.
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