- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,305 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read by the great author Ryan Andrews, looking forward to his next book.Published 13 months ago by steve edland
A very thoughtful work, which did not surprise me, but also a very humane book, which did surprise me. Definitely worth checking out.Published 13 months ago by Emma
I agree with H.A. Murray that there are a lot of great quotes, but if I have one complaint it would be the writing. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jimmy Dee
Excellent freshman effort by Mr. Andrews.
As assaults against against the West come from all directions, this books makes a good case for a healthy National/Occidental... Read more
I enjoyed this book, and would recommend to others to read. Enjoy!Published 22 months ago by Jeff Hickman