LITERATURE: The Shadow of the Wind – Philosophy

The teacher was mumbling under his breath.  "It’s like the tide, you see? He said, beside himself.  "The savagery, I mean.  It goes away, and you feel safe, but it allways returns, it always returns…and it chokes us.  I see it every day at school.  My God…Apes, that’s what we get in the classrooms.  Darwin was a dreamer, I can assure you.  No evolution or anything of the sort.  For every one who can reason, I have to battle with nine orangutans."  (p. 129)

These are the war years with Franco in power.  A homosexual has been rounded up by the "police" and thrown into jail on trumped-up charges.  There, of course, he was severely raped and beaten.

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