That’s what I said to my professor, but I could also see it as a more a bittersweet reccolection of a moment that was at the same time scary as it was nostalgic (it’s definately an adult looking back). It was the only contact this child had with his father, as far as I could tell. He got home from the bar after work, and he was drunk as Hell, and he went dancing across the kitchen with him, accidentally knocking down pots and pans and getting his wife really pissed at him. It does say that he hits him, but in the context of the poem it seems that it was more accidental than anything.
Dystopian novels are SUPPOSED to be dark, and are clearly identified as such. Of late, there has been a trend of making super hero comics darker, more than even in the “Watchmen” days. I don’t read only stories with happy endings, but I’m annoyed than when I look for them in the places they’re supposed to be, they aren’t there. > <
“Heroics for Beginners” sounds like a fun read, I’ll try to find it the next time I visit Border’s.
PS: I don’t suppose anybody here has ever read the book “El Principe que todo lo aprendio en Libros” (The Prince who learned everything from books). It has a similar theme and was one of the few Spanish novels I read in school that I actually LIKED. ^^