The Catcher in the Rye is one of those polarizing books that's difficult to talk about for obvious reasons. Many were forced to read it in high schoo The Catcher in the Rye is one of those polarizing books that's difficult to talk about for obvious reasons. Many were forced to read it in high school and despised it. Others read it later on and loathed Holden. When I was growing up, it was said that you either love The Catcher in the Rye and hate The Bell Jar or vice versa. It's near impossible to love both.
I fell firmly into the Catcher camp.
The Catcher in the Rye touched on parts of me that I really didn't want to acknowledge. It delved into insecurities and the desire for meaning that didn't necessarily exist in the world around me. It spoke to me in a fundamental way as a teenager that I think would be difficult to replicate as an adult. I enjoyed reading it. I enjoyed it every time I read it. It's one of those strange capsules of confused emotions that will likely always speak to me on some level. Which probably means I'm a terrible person....more
I love this edition. I bought it at Poe House in Baltimore maybe a decade or so ago... and got it signed by a wonderful Poe impersonator. What a greatI love this edition. I bought it at Poe House in Baltimore maybe a decade or so ago... and got it signed by a wonderful Poe impersonator. What a great birthday that was. :)...more
I think I got more out of this book by reading the extensive notes and introductions than by reading the book itself. The book was so full of allusionI think I got more out of this book by reading the extensive notes and introductions than by reading the book itself. The book was so full of allusions to political situations, changes in speech and text depending upon what was being mentioned, legitimate philosophical meanderings and religious commentary. Well, it was a piece of work.
I think it would be an easier read a second time around, bearing in mind all I learned from the first poke through it. It's one of those books you know you should read and contemplate, but doing so alone is a bit difficult. A bit like listening to a lecture and having your mind blown away - listen again, and you can begin to pick at the subtleties.
I do agree that the most fascinating bit about Utopia is the fact that there would be no way to enforce it had the structure not already been in place. Yes, it sounds great from the outset, but knowing freedom and having experienced this level of it (impinged upon as it may be these days) we'd not take too kindly to having it all stripped away. It truly is No Place as much as it may be a Good One (which can be thoroughly argued, seeing how flawed the system in place is.)
The commentary is great, the concepts novel at the time and still rather fresh now. Not to mention the dystopia genre does hinge upon this singular text, written and published so many years ago....more
This concise book is a collection of well known quotations from his work, organized loosely by topic. The begAh, who doesn't love William Shakespeare?
This concise book is a collection of well known quotations from his work, organized loosely by topic. The beginning features a nice biography of the author, although it does report some stories that are more likely inventions than truth. It does, however, quote some of the better Ben Jonson mentions of Shakespeare.
All in all this book, as previous reviewers have commented, is a bit too PG rated to be truly good fun. It is a good quick reference to various quotations, and a decent introduction to the life of the Bard.
All in all, quite fun, but a bit too whitewashed....more
Got to give this book a ton of stars. Oh, my childhood.
I grew up near the Potomac and spent a ton of time in the places described by these stories. IGot to give this book a ton of stars. Oh, my childhood.
I grew up near the Potomac and spent a ton of time in the places described by these stories. I bought the book itself in one of the houses described in the stories... They're fun, they're short, and there are a lot of them. It's irrelevant to me whether the stories are true or not, they fascinated me as a child either way.
Can't wait to give this book to my nephew and continue the cycle of late nights spent poring over ghost stories and wondering what's out there. :)...more
This is probably my third or fourth time reading this book, and somehow it never manages to get old to me. There's something entrancing about it, someThis is probably my third or fourth time reading this book, and somehow it never manages to get old to me. There's something entrancing about it, something fundamental that it touches in me. Yes, the film has its inevitable charm and tear inducing ability in me for a number of reasons. The book, however, makes what is clear in the film even more overt. The lion's courage, the tin man's heart, the scarecrow's brains... It's a great story about knowing yourself and coming to appreciate the gifts you've got within.
The writing style can be a little bit dry to a modern reader, but the orality of it still bleeds through even when reading it to yourself. I can imagine how wonderful it would sound, read while sitting on bed with your child, weaving the magic that only stories can. It's as fresh as it was when first published, and always a needed reminder that you are worth it, and perfect, just the way you are. ...more
Rating The Notebook this low is probably an unforgivable act for some. I know the following this book, and the film, have. I know it's meant to be aRating The Notebook this low is probably an unforgivable act for some. I know the following this book, and the film, have. I know it's meant to be a classic touching tearjerker, that it's meant to evoke all sorts of feelings. For me, from start to finish, it only evoked annoyance and anger. This is just... not a book I can get behind for a myriad of reasons.
The Notebook is two stories in one. One story is that of Noah as he reads the eponymous notebook to his wife in the hospice they are now living in. The other is the story within the notebook - that of their lives together, fraught with the drama one normally expects from a romance. The first of my problems with this book was the fact that throughout it all Allie was always the cheater, the one to blame. Allie was the one who dated him even though she had a boyfriend, who cheated on her fiance later to be with him. Allie was the one who never mailed the letters, etc. etc. Not to mention Allie never slept with any other man, but didn't ask and said it was fine if Noah slept with other women. That just.. rubbed me the wrong way.
My other trouble with the book is that Alzheimer's doesn't work the way it is presented as working. Alzheimer's isn't like an amnesia, it is far more like it was described during the sundowning episodes. In early days, yes, there can be moments of clarity. As advanced as it was described as being in the book, however... That clarity is gone. She wouldn't remember the story the whole day, she wouldn't necessarily remember it even as it was being told. The unrealistic depiction, her ability to even handle cutlery - these are a lie that is frankly insulting to people who have family members going through the illness. Many of us would trade anything for the moments of clarity shown in the book, but it just isn't there, regardless of the strength of the relationship.
I first read this book in seventh grade, and although I enjoyed it I can't claim I really understood it. It was a gorgeous readSuch a beautiful book.
I first read this book in seventh grade, and although I enjoyed it I can't claim I really understood it. It was a gorgeous read then, and is a gorgeous one now. The story is a beautiful myth, an exploration of Buddhism and Hinduism that was written before either one was thoroughly understood by the West.
The introduction and the analysis offered at the beginning of the book both enhance the reading of the actual story, and reading Joseph Campbell I can even further understand the text itself. I think this is the sort of book that the more one reads it, the later in life one reads it, the more thoroughly it can be understood and appreciated.
I can't recommend this book enough, but I do know why everyone might not enjoy it....more
These books formed a very large portion of my childhood. My mom used to read them to me, at a maddeningly slow pace. Each night when I was heading toThese books formed a very large portion of my childhood. My mom used to read them to me, at a maddeningly slow pace. Each night when I was heading to bed she'd come into my room and we'd painstakingly remove a letter from its envelope. We'd spend nearly as much time looking over the drawings, the postcards, just the gorgeous artwork of each piece. Then the letter would be read.
It was a magical experience, and one I ended up repeating on my own when I was old enough. I spend just as much time examining the script, the art. These books are a work of art, as much as the story in and of itself is. It's a book to fire the imagination, to whet the appetite for more.