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Postby dclark0699 » Sat Sep 29, 2007 12:36 pm

For one of my college English classes this semester I have to read a different novel for each of the following categories. Since I'm not a big book person...I was looking for people who might have suggestions of books that fit the categories.

All are criminal justice categories....

Faulty System: Has to be about leniency or corruption in the system. I'm thinking of reading Runaway Jury by John Grisham

Blocked Opportunities: Has to be directly or indirectly about crime stemming from poverty or inequality.

Social Breakdown: Crime is a product of a broken family or community.

Racist System: probably To Kill a Mockingbird here.

Violent Media: Crime is a product of violence in the media.


Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Postby AcidRock23 » Sat Sep 29, 2007 4:08 pm

It is hard to beat Crime and Punishment for exploration of the thought process of a criminal. The Brothers Karamazov is also better, breaking it down into categories (animal vs. intellect vs. passion...) although the resolution might be murky when the bastard shows up.
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Postby josebach » Sun Sep 30, 2007 10:04 am

It's kind of funny that not one of those causes blame upbringing which is probably more responsible than anything else on that list.
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Postby dclark0699 » Sun Sep 30, 2007 10:33 am

josebach wrote:It's kind of funny that not one of those causes blame upbringing which is probably more responsible than anything else on that list.


Well, you know the world.....blame everything on anything and anyone but ourselves.
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Postby stevethumb » Sun Sep 30, 2007 1:37 pm

racist system: david guterson's "snow falling on cedars"

violent media: "clockwork orange" anthony burgess

blocked opportunities: "the jungle" upton sinclair
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