Today's Quote

“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Gulag Archipelago

My senior year in high school I had to read two of Solzhenitsyn's works, The Gulag Archipelago and A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch. Neither meant much to me then other than the Gulag was this huge tomb of a book that at times could be quite tedious reading and Denisovitch was a much easier read. I recently came across a hardback edition of The Gulag Archipelago and this little voice inside my head told me that I should read it again. After all high school was "cough" 21 years ago and my perspective of the world and the things in it is much different than it was then. I was right. Every adult American needs to read this book and every single one of them needs to be terrified by the things that they read. Upon reading one will realize that no longer are there similarities between the paths taken to communist rule in Russia and what we are experiencing here. Instead our country is an exact copy following in the exact same footsteps. It isn't possible here they say. They better think again. Read The Gulag Archipelago. You won't be disappointed. The funny thing is that Solzhenitsyn was never going to publish this book. But felt compelled to when it was confiscated from him in order to keep its stories suppressed. So in honor of his courage I am going to be putting quotes from the book under the title all the while I am reading it. It is a huge tomb so Solzhenitsyn will probably be a guest on my blog for quite some time. Blessings from the farm, Kat


Kelle said...

Thanks Kat I'm going to see if I can get it through inter-library loan. Hopefully, soon I'll have time to read again*wink*

Love the quote at the top, mind if I use it on our blog? So true that people envy one another and why?

Kat said...

Great! I know I have a hard time finding the time to read much. If I try at night I fall asleep after two pages. Feel free to use the quote at the top. I find that it is so true and much of society has forgotten. Blessings, Kat