Monday, April 23, 2007

Death of a Salesman

Author: Arthur Miller

Quote: "We've got quite a little streak of self-reliance in our family."

Why you should read this book: A time-tested statement about the frayed edges of the American Dream and the lies that hold families together and blow them apart. Willy Loman, old, tired, and no longer effective as a salesman, must choose between the fantasies he's held close to his heart for his entire adult life, and the bleak reality that's been born of his decisions. Miller writes the truth about human relationships and modern social interations.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You like lying to yourself, you want to alienate your children, and you can resolve any hypocrisy through sheer cantankerousness.

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