Author: Andrew Smith

Book Review #34: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Book Review #34: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

My Rating: Thumbs Up       Apparently the end of the world will happen in the Midwest. More specifically the end of the world will happen in Iowa. Andrew Smith’s novel, Grasshopper Jungle, is set in a fictional town in Iowa and is told from the point of view of a teenage boy, Austin, who only really thinks about two things…food and sex. So if you are easily offended, you may want to avoid this book because there is an awful lot about sex that some people might find offensive. “You know what I mean.” I liked Grasshopper Jungle. More specifically, I liked Austin Szerba, the historian. I admired Austin’s observations about history and how he is connected to it. Austin shares a lot of his family history and the history of the inhabitants of his hometown in an effort to show how everything in the universe is connected. “…I knew my accounts were ultimately nothing more than an abbreviation. … But no historian could ever put everything that happened in a book. The book would be as big as the universe, and it would take multiple countless lifetimes to read. History necessarily had to be an abbreviation.” page […]

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