Puritans In The Time of Stupidity
In Victoria Australia, Trinity Grammar School senior literature teacher Christopher Bantick
has is a problem… based on the complaints of this one school master, the Victoria Council on Education is striking one of the seminal novels of the last century, Gabriel García Marquez´”Love In The Time of Cholera” from its reading list for high school students. Sniffs the Victorian (and I mean that in both senses) Mr. Bantick, the novel is “not in any shape or form appropriate for 16-year-old girls or boys.”
The schoolmaster with the kind of name Charles Dickens would dream up objects not so much to septuagenarian Florentino Ariza seducing a teenager girl. but that García Marquez doesn’t take moral umbrage at Florentino, but instead lets the dirty old man finally win his “true love” … how unVictorian…
The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what Fiction means.