Monday, February 2, 2009

Master of the Broken Men: Chapter 5

Chapter 5: Twelve Strokes of Doom
A lot happens in this chapter. Jimmy Christopher tries to save the life of one of Martin Evarts marked friends and fails. And the weird sect, The International Utopiasts, stages a massive riot:

“On every hand, failure, weakness, corruption! The leaders of this nation are breaking under their own responsibilities! They are being crushed by the capitalistic machinery that will destroy you all unless you rise against it! Down with false leaders! Down with the weakling who rules us! This nation is crumbling before your eyes as one by one the men who try to lead it hopelessly fall! Rise to the strong, you people! Destroy the fools who would be great—but fail!”

I'm starting to wonder where Davis got the idea for this group. If you figure that the novel was written in 1934, in the depths of the Great Depression, people were scared about some kind of foreign group trying to stir-up trouble and take over. My initial thought pegged The Wobblies as his model for the IU. Similar initials: International Workers of the World (IWW). But now I suspect he had the Communist Party USA in mind.

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