Awesome 4th reading. It took me ten sittings or so to finish it this time, which is unusual, but it also gave me time to chew and digest things differAwesome 4th reading. It took me ten sittings or so to finish it this time, which is unusual, but it also gave me time to chew and digest things differently. It was all about religion and Eastern philosophy this time, though I don't have the time or the mood to delve deeper into it. I started a few articles on S. and his religious interests, though. What struck me most, probably, was how wonderful a play this could have been. Think of all that lovely sharp dialogue and the simple yet wonderful setting, plus the minute, vivid description of the Glass's living room - 5 acts tops, if you include both stories.
[ To be totally honest, I cannot see why I was so crazy about Zooey in the first place. I like him, sure, but where did all that infatuation come from? Him being so nice (blunt, yes! but still nice) to Franny? I don't think so. Or so nasty to Bessie? Whatever, I think I might have a thing for Buddy right now. :))] 2013 ***
Definitely my favourite piece of Salinger’s fiction, despite it lacking a plot, as I have read some complain about. Or, should I say, because of it? For some unknown reason I tend to read the book in winter – I’ve always thought the so-called action of the book takes place in January, but no, it’s November. However, to me it feels like a winter book (sometimes I feel books have their own season) and should be read accordingly. For the same reason The Picture of Dorian Gray is an autumn book, while On the road is definitely a summer book. Well, anyway, I don’t re-read so very often, because most of the times I feel I’m cheating on the new books. But with some of them it’s different, and you get to see everything from a different angle each time. The first two times I focused on Zooey, but this time I got to see Franny more clear. (Don’t worry Zooey darling, you’re still my no 1 crush when it comes to literary characters.) And since I don’t seem to be saying anything worth reading about the book itself, here’s a paragraph I liked a lot:
"I don't think it would have all got me quite so down if just once in a while - just once in a while - there was at least some polite little perfunctory implication that knowledge should lead to wisdom, and that if it doesn't, it's just a disgusting waste of time! But there never is! You never even hear any hints dropped on a campus that wisdom is supposed to be the goal of knowledge. You hardly ever even hear the word 'wisdom' mentioned! Do you want to hear something funny? Do you want to hear something really funny? In almost four years of college - and this is the absolute truth - in almost four years of college, the only time I can remember ever even hearing the expression 'wise man' being used was in my freshman year, in Political Science! And you know how it was used? It was used in reference to some nice old poopy elder statesman who'd made a fortune in the stock market and then gone to Washington to be an adviser to President Roosevelt. Honestly, now! Four years of college, almost! I'm not saying that happens to everybody, but I just get so upset when I think about it I could die." 2009...more
Mi-amintesc ca mi-a placut destul de mult. Tipa asta (Sinziana) e un caracter puternic, si cred ca asta e ce m-a impresionat la ea (pe mine si pe miilMi-amintesc ca mi-a placut destul de mult. Tipa asta (Sinziana) e un caracter puternic, si cred ca asta e ce m-a impresionat la ea (pe mine si pe miile ei de fani), combinatia de fragilitate si tarie. ...more
Liked it because I don’t know any other German that wrote about 18th century France; because it challenges your olfactory system, starting with the fiLiked it because I don’t know any other German that wrote about 18th century France; because it challenges your olfactory system, starting with the finest smells and ending with the most sickening ones; because it has an unusual and unexpected ending.
*** de ce mi-a placut parfumul:
- pentru ca nu stiu alt german care sa fi scris despre franta sec. 18 - pentru ca iti solicita simtul olfactiv la maximum, incepind cu cele mai fine mirosuri pina la cele mai gretoase, de la fineturile florale pina la cele pestilentiale [aduce pe undeva cu t. mann] - pentru ca are un final ciudat si neasteptat......more
un om care s-a schimbat de la a avea bios [viata biologica] la a avea zoe [viata spirituala] inseamna ca trece printr-o schimbare la fel de mare ca siun om care s-a schimbat de la a avea bios [viata biologica] la a avea zoe [viata spirituala] inseamna ca trece printr-o schimbare la fel de mare ca si statuia care a fost schimbata din piatra cioplita in om real. tocmai aceasta este esenta crestinismului. lumea aceasta este atelierul unui mare sculptor. noi sintem statuile si se zvoneste prin atelier ca intr-o zi unele din noi vor capata viata....more
a fost o vreme cind daca m-ar fi intrebat cineva [si chiar m-au intrebat, unii], unde mi-ar fi placut sa ma nasc si sa traiesc, as fi raspuns fara echa fost o vreme cind daca m-ar fi intrebat cineva [si chiar m-au intrebat, unii], unde mi-ar fi placut sa ma nasc si sa traiesc, as fi raspuns fara echivoc: bucurestiul interbelic. cartea ioanei parvulescu e un deliciu; bine documentata, bine scrisa, detalii din viata urbei si a celebrilor si mai putin celebrilor ei locuitori....more
With all the fuss about the new film, I remembered an anecdote I read at the same time with the book. After the success of Alice books, queen VictoriaWith all the fuss about the new film, I remembered an anecdote I read at the same time with the book. After the success of Alice books, queen Victoria gave Lewis Carroll(C. L. Dodgson) an audience and requested that he send her his next publication. His next book was a mathematical treatise, and it is said that the queen was quite bemused to receive it....more
- I fail to see the book's obscenity (reason for trial when it was first published), still, we are some 150 years later; - Emma isSome random thoughts:
- I fail to see the book's obscenity (reason for trial when it was first published), still, we are some 150 years later; - Emma is bland and a little stupid. Here, I said it. I didn't like anything about her as a woman. You don't want to get me started. I wondered, throughout the book, why she is so many people's favourite female character. Still beats me. Of course anyone can relate (I've put myself in her shoes as an exercise, it's not comfortable) - humanity / morals haven't changed that much all these years. - I also failed to see Flaubert's perfection in writing; I blame the translation, the 150 years and my incapacity of perceiving it. Just for fun, I tried reading a paragraph in French. It works pretty well but it would have taken me ages to finish it. - Charles. Oh, Charles, damn you for not knowing when to be stylish and worldly. I feel for you. - Leon, Rodolphe. You bastards! - Justin, you melted my heart. - Monsieur Homais, you made my day! I loved to hate you, I loved every clichéd sentence you uttered and I hereby declare you my favourite character. Cheers! ...more
I re-read your book recently. I’m pretty much confused now, because I know I somehow liked it, otherwise I wouldn’t have finished it. But tDear Emily,
I re-read your book recently. I’m pretty much confused now, because I know I somehow liked it, otherwise I wouldn’t have finished it. But then there are so many things I can’t (under)stand!
Back then, were poor heating and unfriendly climate the only reasons for getting sick? I know your sisters had tuberculosis. Couldn’t you have one of your characters suffer from something more serious than fever and love issues or madness? Or take death, for example. Why do your characters die at the right time? Just to enhance other characters’ dramatic nature? What if Linton hadn’t died? What if Cathy had been doomed to take care of an ill husband (fever, by all means!) all her life and she would have missed her chance to be happy with Hareton? Why did you endow Hareton with nice qualities only in the last pages so we all like him, although you wanted us to despise him throughout the novel because he was untaught and rude? Why, oh, why, Emily? How come you expect us to belive that, regardless of its destructive nature, Catherine and Heathcliff’s love (addiction? religion?) is meant to be fulfilling and redeeming? And do you really expect us to believe this is romantic?
There’s more, but I’ll stop here. Maybe, given the chance, you’d consider answering. But nonetheless I won’t mind if you don’t. Best regards, L. ...more