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A working class hero… What?

In books, ethics, moral issues, people, politics, science fiction, writing on April 17, 2013 at 15:25

I’ve been sent a book by an amateur author to read and review (thank you). I’ve given up after just a few pages because of intolerable amount of arising complains about the style and content (sorry). Don’t know yet if I write a real review (after all, I do a bit of writing which probably is not terribly good also) but I’ll put down some thoughts here.

I think it is a mistake to write fiction to serve a political/economical/worldview idea. The book should be about real living human beings, otherwise it looks just like bits of everyday blog and forum posts pretending to be a book. We all have ideas and they should shine through proper fiction writing. No need to force them on readers.

There is no human beings who are “your typical something”, that’s cardboard cutouts. Everybody really is unique.

The protagonist supposed to be your typical “working class hero” fighting dogmas. Class is a dogma, “working class” – double so. There only a tiny sad minority of people who don’t work, some of them spending their time drinking, in front of tv or playing computer games. If you call somebody “working or labouring class” what are you saying? That others don’t work or do not work well enough? That’s wrong. And is the protagonist (being a politician) in a lower tier job or being of low education? Nope. (See Wikipedia: working class – a term used in the social sciences and in ordinary conversation to describe those employed in lower tier jobs (as measured by skill, education and lower incomes)). Maybe his parents were of working class. But are we defined by our origins (unfair) or our own effort and goodness (fair)? Anyway there is no excuses now for low education, not with internet, tv documentaries and public libraries. Even in 1900s, working at a factory, my great-grandfather managed to self educate and loved to read serious literature.

New Great British Class Survey has some flaws in my opinion too.  Peoples’ lives are changing all the time in many ways. Somebody inherits the money. Somebody skilled and educated has to do a low paid simple job for a while. Somebody loses jobs or property. Somebody gradually educates him or herself and is learning new skills. Somebody lives in an expensive house but doesn’t want to sell it and struggles. Somebody moves to more rural area, can’t go to opera and theaters anymore, looses his connections – does he jumps classes? A “class” sounds almost as permanent as a “caste”.

The worst to come. Reading the book I’ve stumbled upon the notion that global warming is not a big deal, but (o, horror!) there is “rise of Russia and China“… Being both Russian and British citizen I find this offending. I could understand people being worrying if Russia or China are not getting any more democratic, peaceful and open. But, no, they have to stay poor and undeveloped for that “working class politician hero” being happy… This is so nationalist. Well, that’s it for me. Page four and I am completely fed up…

A cat print is sold

In acrylic, art, животные, искусство, мои рисунки, fantasy, mars, my artworks, творчество, фантастика, painting, pets and domestic animals, print, red, sales, science fiction, space on March 8, 2013 at 08:37
Thank you!

Started watching “The World without End”

In ethics, fantasy, freedom, good life, history, moral issues, relationship, science fiction, time, traditions on February 3, 2013 at 00:59

I am not into historical fiction. It feels like while science fiction opens up the possibilities – historical fiction closes them. We don’t exactly know what the past looked like, it could be so many things. The fiction shows you just one possible way and tries to make you believe this is the right one.

People need to be remained of the horrors of the past although. To recognise the seeds of that rotten mentality and to stop them from growing. We don’t need more Dark Ages. .. Rather a new Enlightenment.

A Whole New World – Sci-Fi Cat on Mars Painting in Acrylic

In acrylic, mars, painting, science fiction, space on April 25, 2012 at 09:07

had it in the attic for quite a while…

So Far From Home

In fantasy, landscape, science fiction on October 27, 2011 at 16:17
So Far From Home print
So Far From Home by Linandara
A glimpse of another world. Two figures in metallic clothes are walking among a desolate plain towards snow covered mountains. Digital art.

His Last Glimpse of the Sun

In acrylic, fantasy, gold, mars, red, science fiction, space, sunset on October 7, 2011 at 11:53

Alexandra Cook

Two figures in spacesuits watching a sunset over the hills, mountains, canyons, dunes and plains of Mars. An illustration for an unfinished chapter in my Russian sci-fi novel (http://www.proza.ru/2008/12/10/483). The text on the painting is from my Martian poem (http://stihi.ru/2008/12/05/1270). As the picture has silver and gold paint it is useful to see it under different angles:
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/9_qAlm2TIuxNoFjBzixxfQ?feat=directlink
https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/J_rhgZ8q78DAIXOsHMzb1w?feat=directlink

The painting is done with acrylic paint and ink, in a hardboard.

  • Category Painting
  • Medium Acrylic
  • Size 38 x 68 x 0.5 cm
  • Style Impressionism
  • Subject Fantasy
  • Created October 4, 2011
  • Posted October 7, 2011
  • Keywords
    canyon, fantasy, illustration, mars, mountains, sun, sunset, sci-fi , space suits, red planet

Green Engine Digital Artwork Posters

In photomanipulation, print, science fiction on April 5, 2011 at 16:15

Open to your interpretation.

Eclipse Above The Distant Lands. Alien Planet Ipad Skins

In digital, print, science fiction, space, sunrise, sunset on January 6, 2011 at 10:15
Eclipse Above The Distant Lands. Alien Planet speckcase
Eclipse Above The Distant Lands. Alien Planet by Linandara
An alien landscape with a sun eclipsed by a satelite/moon, plus some mountains, canyons, craters and a colony. Somewhere far away.

Red Planet Ipad Skin

In fantasy, landscape, mars, pastel, science fiction on January 5, 2011 at 06:21
Red Planet speckcase
Red Planet by Linandara
An alien Mars-looking landscape with sand dunes, boulders, rocks, mountains and red sky with thin cirrus clouds.

Alien Sky Card

In card, fantasy, landscape, science fiction on July 6, 2010 at 10:06

Alexandra Cook moving things from Ebay to Artfire…

Alien Sky Unusual Fantasy / Sci-fi card directly from the artist (Alexandra Cook aka Linandara) Left blank for your own message

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