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It Was Supposed to Be a Victory Garden by Lazlo Zalezac

Author's Description:
It was supposed to be a Victory Garden, but it didn't quite turn out that way. The Smiths planted vegetables -- they should have planted flowers.
Size: 19 KB ( ~ 3,603 words)
Sex Contents: No Sex
Tags: Slow

Review by Finbar_Saunders   [other reviews by Finbar_Saunders]

Reviewed: 2012-01-06 - (Review Updated: 2012-01-06)

This story take the form of an apologetically pointed rant against society's current preoccupation with the trampling of individuals' personal freedoms.

The characters are obviously stereotypes, even the bland names lend themselves to this parable.

What is most important to realize is that this is actually happening. A quick scan of the net pulled up this true basis for Lazlo's story:

One would hope that sense would prevail. This natural response to the financial collapse makes such gardens vital to modern families. These petty bureaucrats seem oblivious to the new realities. I rather suspect that the court will talk sympathetically, but the idiotic law will be upheld and the fact that many of us are already living in a new Great Depression, will be ignored.

I live in an apartment complex and the management company recently sent out leaflets extolling their virtues as a 'Green' company. But they won't allow the use of our balconies for drying our clothes -- and I am not talking about draping blankets over the side, I am talking about putting out a small clothes horse to dry my shirts...

Lazlo has hit on this subject from several different angles in his recent stories. This one takes a much more direct aim at the tyranny of the powers that be.

Plot: 9 | Technical Quality: 9 | Appeal to Reviewer: 9