8 December, 2021

LitStaff Pick: The Books That Remind Us of Our School Days

Harrison BergeronHarrison Bergeron
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Junior year, our English teacher introduced us to Vonnegut.

I had vague knowledge of the man, of his legend, but had never taken the time to care or invest in his work. That was until Mrs. Daigle read us “Harrison Bergeron,” Vonnegut’s satirical piece on a dystopian society gone made, where those that are undesirable, or conceived as such, are punished.

Originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, the story was republished in the author’s Welcome to the Monkey House collection in 1968. Bergeron fights against the status quo. He believes in a world of normality, of justice and is punished for it.

My first foray into Vonnegut was not in the form of a novel, but his short piece that resonated with a sixteen year old girl who felt like a misfit, who sometimes still does, and who discovered the beauty in being an outcast.

-TS Tate

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