Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Outsiders

Day two and still going strong! As per my husband's recommendation, today I read The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. Apparently every American has read it because those people who I tell that I had only heard of it a few months ago give me a look like "where have you been for the past 20 years" and well, I've been in Africa. I thought Ohio was below Indiana, that Benjamin Franklin was a president, and I've never watched Saved by the Bell.

But back to the book. Just in case you grew up in Africa as well, or only learned English a few months ago, The Outsiders is about two gangs on the opposite sides of the city, the Greasers (of who the main character, Ponyboy is a part of) and the Socs (upperclass hooligans).  It is reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet (sans the unrequitted lovers), but hits home a little harder because the oldest character in the book is 20. These are KIDS who are fighting! And as Ponyboy finds out, the "enemy" watches the sunsets too.

So next time you come in contact with someone you disagree with, don't forget that they watch the sunset too.

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