Thursday, May 18, 2006

Long Time Coming

I *finally* posted a review (albeit probably not very good) of Lost Mountain by Erik Reece over on Envirowonk. Check it out if you get a chance. Having never written a book review before, I'd love some critical pointers.

Even though I am aware that environmentalism and anti-war activism spring from a common source, one surprising point that has stayed with me from the book, which I did not include in my review, is how the author worked in a (not so) subtle anti-war message.

In the late 1960s, Robert Kennedy made a tour of eastern Kentucky. In 2004, a community art project, recreated that tour, relying on people's recollections to fill in gaps in speeches and dialogue. In one scene, the author recounts the reenactment of RFK's visit to Alice Lloyd College:

"How many people think we should begin our withdrawal from Vietnam?" Kennedy asked. All hands, save one, rose into the air.

"The policies of escalation in Vietnam have not consolidated our strengthened international resolve to resist aggression," he began. "What it's done is weakened other people's faith in our wisdom and our purpose." Spontaneous applause erupted. One began to sense that the students were not only watching a production, but beginning to consider Kennedy's words as relevant counsel in 2004.

Brings to mind the old adage about those who fail to learn history are condemned to repeat it.

1 comment:

  1. Very nicely, and concisely, done review! Do more!