Wow. As I was growing up, this book was of no interest to me. However, this past summer, I began dipping into those older, more classic novels that IWow. As I was growing up, this book was of no interest to me. However, this past summer, I began dipping into those older, more classic novels that I never got around to reading. (the ones everyone else had seemed to have read) Having never seen the movie, I really had no idea what the book was about, or how it was going to play out. It's sad to think that this was the regular treatment of nurses and doctors towards the mentally challenged, or irrationally minded patients. I think the book was very well written, and it has a very distinctive narrative voice. I hold this book up against most as one of the best I have ever read!...more
This summer found me at a loss. I was reading myself out of hot new bestsellers, and spending too mucAnother classic novel I kept refusing to read....
This summer found me at a loss. I was reading myself out of hot new bestsellers, and spending too much cash on harcovers, so I decided to take a break from the newbies and start hitting the paperbacks. My first step... The classics that I never got around to reading.
I picked up this book, along with One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, 1984, and The Bell Jar... to name a few.
Ray Bradbury is an interesting writer. I have only read one other novel from him (Martian Chronicles) and I must say that this one amazed me. I was taken in by the fact that he was writing about a future where firemen STARTED the fires, and that literature - the owning and/or reading of - was illegal.
This book is a must read for all those who are in love with reading. For people who are old enough to appreciate this sort of fiction. If i had this book handed to me 10 or 15 years ago, I dont think i would have enjoyed it at nearly as much as I have!...more
So, like just about every other american high schooler, I had to read this for an english class. I remembered not hating it, but not exactly loving itSo, like just about every other american high schooler, I had to read this for an english class. I remembered not hating it, but not exactly loving it either (which doesn't surprise me because I was one of those people who hated being told I HAD to read something).
This summer, I spent some time reading a few of the classic novels that I had somehow managed to miss out on reading in school (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Fahrenheit 451, Bell Jar) and I decided to add this one to the re-read pile.
I swear, books like these are always best when you read them willingly. When you read them as a more mature, better read person. Holden is one of those unique characters that can never be re-written, but seems to get better when re-read. He is so full of rage and anger and hatred... He has this awesomely genuine DISLIKE of everything.
And yet, even though he is miserable and unhappy and trudging through his days and nights with a scowl on his face, he takes the time to tell us what its like to hold hands with a special girl, how their hands were made to hold each other's, and you get to see that there this highly guarded tenderness to him as well.
I am really glad that I decided to pick this back up again. I definitely recommend it to anyone who was forced to read it for school, because, like me, you were most likely not prepared for what Salinger and Holden had to tell you. ...more
Wow. I saw this movie back when i was an early teen, way to young to appreciate what it was i was watching. i barely remember the movie now, which wasWow. I saw this movie back when i was an early teen, way to young to appreciate what it was i was watching. i barely remember the movie now, which was part of the reason i picked the novel up and decided to give reading it a chance.
I spent the summer reading classic, older novels that i had somehow gone my whole life so far without ever reading.
Once I got used to the writting style and made up language, I was amazed that I was reading about a 14/15 year old boy and his gang of followers. When i was 15, I was still sitting at home, watching cartoons, and tv shows that still had morals at the end...and hanging out at the mall with my girlfriends.
I could not imagine a child like Alex causing all the mayhem and violence that he and his Droogs were capable of doing. I was disgusted, and horrified... but at the same time i was totally pulled in and could not stop reading.
The novel i bought had the true final ending in it, one that apparently the original prints had left out. I was glad to see it end the way it did.
I recommend this book to anyone who can make it past the odd language.... its definetly worth the read....more
Ok. I know that nothing I can say can do this book justice.
I will say that it is beautifully written. The characters have no names. The land has no nOk. I know that nothing I can say can do this book justice.
I will say that it is beautifully written. The characters have no names. The land has no name. Everything is covered in ash from something that happened but that we the reader are not meant to know of.
The author uses simple, straight foward words to pull you into the landscape, to yank you off your couch, or out of your bed, and put you out there in the cold, walking side by side with the father and the son, walking the road.....surviving, trying to get to a better place.
I. Loved. This. Book.
I read it in one sitting. I could not find a place worthy of stopping. Page after page I absorbed the story.... finding myself every so often wondering if I would have made it that far... If I had it in me to live the way they were living, surviving just to survive. A bleak and weary future... if there was a future....
I suffered through about 60 pages, and finally put it down. I very rarely ever leave a book unfinished.
The author narrates and introduces us to YossaI suffered through about 60 pages, and finally put it down. I very rarely ever leave a book unfinished.
The author narrates and introduces us to Yossarian, who does not want to fly in the war. I get that. I get the whole catch 22 scenerio... You have to be insane to fly the plane. If you can get a dr to say you are insane, you wont have to fly. But in order to tell a dr that you are insane, this actually means you are sane. So you must continue to fly... which makes you insane. blah blah blah.
What I couldnt get past was the author's constant bouts of Attention Deficet Disorder.... He went off on tangents, introducing a new character seemingly every paragraph, and seemed to lose his train of thought only to regain it 2 pages later.
I couldnt take all the jumping around, and was completely lost the whole time... at times rereading the prior page thinking I missed some important tie-in somewhere....
Am I the only one on this planet who is asking myself what heck everyone was smoking when they read this book and actually enjoyed it?...more