the house of the scorpion

Farmer, Nancy. The House of the Scorpion. (NY: Atheneum, 2002; NY: Simonpulse, 2004).

I love this book. Couldn’t put it down. I learned about it from an eighth-grade teacher, a TC from Red Mountain Writing Project, who said her students loved it. I keep wanting to teach it at the college level along with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (cloning, individuality, community). What a great read! I love that Farmer has placed this at U.S. border and relied on a lot of Mexican language and culture. Adult allies for main character (whose name I’ve forgotten, since it’s been a while since I read the book) are the woman who takes care of main character at start and the bodyguard/boxer guy. Like The Giver, society is dystopic in that it relies on eradication of individuality — here, it’s for cheap and lethal labor. Third-person narrative from main character’s P.O.V.?


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