56. The Iron Heel by Jack London
Theme/Topic: dystopian novel
A dystopian novel about the terrible oppressions of an American oligarchy at the beginning of the Twentieth Century, and the struggles of a socialist revolutionary movement.
Jack London wrote a dystopian book mainly to showcase his socialist views. It lacked character growth and development. Most of it was the characters arguing with each other about their opinions on government and the country's development. It was basically one character who felt different than most people and let his opinion known and instigating those arguments with everybody else. There was no real plotlines except for them strongly expressing what they thought about the events the country was going through and the decisions the government made back then. Since this is supposed to be dystopia, it isn't based on actual events (except for the San Francisco earthquake). It was very slow-moving and compared to other works by Jack London, it wasn't good quality writing like he usually wrote.
Oligarchy: the government of a few; a government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes
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