Now, I'm really wondering what else can happen. I'm only half way through, and all the plot twists that were inso far so good. my first Tolstoy. 12/3.
Now, I'm really wondering what else can happen. I'm only half way through, and all the plot twists that were introduced have been resolved. What am I going to read for the next 400 pages??? 12/13.
1/1/08 finally finished reading. the end was somewhat muted by religious revelation, but i did like anna karenina's emotional fight with herself. seemed very realistic and I'm somewhat amazed that a man can realize that those thoughts go through a woman's head. I wonder if he was so accurate with Vronsky's thoughts--do men think that way?...more
So, originally when I read this book I was in high school. And my GR, one star review said: "Maybe I was too young to appreciate this book when I readSo, originally when I read this book I was in high school. And my GR, one star review said: "Maybe I was too young to appreciate this book when I read it. Or maybe I think looking for the symbolism in a green light is stupid. Or maybe I just don't want my breasts chopped off in a terrible accident... Who knows???"
Well now I've read it again and I've upped it to three stars. I liked it. I no longer think it's a stupid book. I do, however, think about how our passions can overtake us and sooner or later we end up racing away from some horrible fate only to race towards a worse one. This kinda thing happens all the time. F. Scotty himself says that we're not careful enough with each other. It's pitifully sad, really. We're fragile.
Plus, what did he say? "You can't relive the past." Or something. Maybe I should consider this fair warning....more
I wish I'd never heard David say he is Holden Caulfield, though. The dude self-proclaims that he's a 'goo4 chapters in and so far I like it very much.
I wish I'd never heard David say he is Holden Caulfield, though. The dude self-proclaims that he's a 'good liar' and I can't handle knowing that about David...
6/4: I forgot what chapter I'm on. Which sucks because I wasn't using a bookmark. Ugh.
Anyway, I'm very much liking this book. It's the kind of book that blocks out my peripheral vision--the kind of book that, when I read it, I have absolutely no concept of whatever else is going on around me. This Holden guy really keeps me captivated. I feel the bits of me that are bits of Holden, too. Those bits that crave adventure, that have the speedy brain without the legs to follow, the adventuring alone bits, and the bits that can't be arsed to do a damn thing sometimes. My very favorite part so far--the part where I feel like Holden is finally able to really open up to me--is when he's repeating his thoughts after getting punched in the stomach by the elevator guy. Where he imagines a gunshot wound and an automatic, a fairy-tale interwoven through life's truths. I can't tell ya how often I do the exact same thing. Kinda fucked up in a way. I never knew there were other people who did that...
6/5: I was just writing a comment about Neil Gaiman in my Chicks group. I have at least three unread Gaimans on my bookshelf at home. And I thought to myself, "I'll read them eventually. I just have to be in the mood. [Sounds like something Holden Caulfield would say!:]" The book is infiltrating my life. David, are you still reading this? I'm trying to write this review for me (which is why I write reviews), but there's an ever-present David aura around The Catcher in the Rye. Weird, weird, weird. I feel like I'm never alone. I want to tunnel into this book (remember, it washes out my periphery?), but I guess you're coming with me... Good thing I like you...
6/7: Finished last night. I need to read it again. I haven't made friends with the last few chapters yet. My favorite part was when Holden was telling the story about the sappy movie he watched once about the guy with amnesia. Fucking hilarious....more
10/6--Kim, are you out there? Are you listening? You're Amy Krouse Rosenthal, aren't you? Me, too!!!
10/10--In a brief half hour of stillness, I open my10/6--Kim, are you out there? Are you listening? You're Amy Krouse Rosenthal, aren't you? Me, too!!!
10/10--In a brief half hour of stillness, I open my book. And my breath is stolen by the entry on Dying. A sudden snap, and life as we know it is over. And not so much by our own death, but by the death of someone we love or of someone we don't even know. This entry tells me that Amy Krouse Rosenthal has a hole in her heart that can't be filled by all the funny encyclopedia entries in the world, no matter how hard she tries...
10/11--Finished. I am reminded, time and again, at each turn of the page, that we are the same person, bonded by silliness and sentiment. My god, it almost makes me feel normal.
Some of my favorite parts: ~Tuesday Night. Amy and her kids walk along and a woman in the neighborhood runs out her door asking for help!!! Her zipper is stuck, and can Amy help her out of her dress. OHHH! So touching and sweet. ~Identity. An experiment you must see! ~Infinity. Is infinity even or odd? I LOVE THE NUMBER INFINITY WITH UNBRIDLED PASSION, YET I'VE NEVER THOUGHT OF ITS EVENNESS OR ODDNESS BEFORE!!! Really, it's both and neither, shit I really enjoyed thinking about it for a while. ~Good to Bad Mood. Yes, yes, and yes. ~Catch. The Mars sybmol means "throw the ball." Ha ha ha ha! ~Purple Flower. Where was I at that moment? Sitting in the farmers' market at our "today only because of A&T Homecoming" location, sitting behind a display and glancing occasionally at a pile of fresh kale beside me. I considered emailing Amy (Krouse Rosenthal) my story, per her request. But then I couldn't find her email address. And then I stopped looking because I chickened out. ~On the back page, after the book is technically over. Here you will find a list of things happening right at this moment in another part of the universe. I love this so much because I wonder what other people are doing all the time. I sit and I close my eyes and I think, "Wow. Other people in the world are breathing right now. Sarah Michelle Gellar is probably sitting at a bar with a dear friend, just chatting. Lee Lee Tran who was my best friend when I was in 3rd and 4th grade is somewhere in the world, maybe hugging her daughter (if she has one). Scott, the only man I've ever loved, is on the other side of the world, sleeping. And NOT dreaming of me. I hope he never has sex again for the rest of his stupid stupid life. Ohhhhh, but I bet somebody in the world is having perfect and passionate sex right now, and they will never forget this moment as long as they live. How cool is that? ~Wabi-Sabi. This is the new thing I learned today. I hope I remember it tomorrow....more
I know it's on my To Read shelf, but I'll probably never read it. Sorry, but I cannot tell a lie. Now, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "I know it's on my To Read shelf, but I'll probably never read it. Sorry, but I cannot tell a lie. Now, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "Yes you can tell a lie. You're a liar--it's written all over your face, you stinking liar. Besides why add it at all if you've never read it and never plan to?" Well, know-it-alls, my response to you is this: "I put it on my shelves because I am keeping track of other peoples favorite books. And since Goodreads FORCES you to put all your books in one of their 3 default categories, I put it on the To Read shelf. So there."...more
I read this book, tense with fear, knowing that terrible things happen when animals are featured in books yet hoping for a happy ending. And I read thI read this book, tense with fear, knowing that terrible things happen when animals are featured in books yet hoping for a happy ending. And I read the ending, holding back sobs, knowing that this book has the best possible ending and maybe even a better one than I'd wished for. I'm still sad, but filled with love and hope and admiration at the same time. The Kettlesons are good people. Love!...more
10/6--I'm having to concentrate when I read this! Yikes! I read 19 pages this afternoon, but I kept getting distracted by stupid shit: Why is the cat10/6--I'm having to concentrate when I read this! Yikes! I read 19 pages this afternoon, but I kept getting distracted by stupid shit: Why is the cat digging at the wires behind the television? Crap, I forgot to mail my Tea Hugger tax return; I guess I'd better go do that. I wonder how Tamela is liking her new job...
I think I'd better save this book for nighttime when I'm lying in my bed and it's quiet in the world.
10/9--p.46 Putting this down until it's no longer colored with bad karma....more
9/14--I also wish Bessie would shut up a minute...
9/15--I'm getting really sick and tired of Zooey whining and complaining aSo far, so very very good!
9/14--I also wish Bessie would shut up a minute...
9/15--I'm getting really sick and tired of Zooey whining and complaining all the damn time. I think, perhaps, I'm not in the mood to listen to somebody waxing poetic about the pure drudgery of life and about how he just wishes everybody would just shut up. The fact of the matter is, they all talk to goddamn much. The whole goddamn family.
I think I didn't realize that this book would be a 200 page long conversation. I sorta expected some events to take place or something. Anyway, when I first started reading F&Z, I thought, "Holy shit! I think I might like this better than Catcher!" But now, not so much. I'm still holding out hope. I mean, I know I'm whining quite a bit about the damn book at the moment, but over all I do like it quite a bit. 50 pages to go...
9/16--I finished!!! And I have also eaten some "chicken" soup in celebration. Here's the thing. I think Zooey is kinda fucked up, and I don't think he's gonna get better any time soon. I think Franny will be ok, for a while, but not forever. Life is just like that, though. Ya know? No matter what, we are all gonna have times when we go through some shit, and sometimes we fully recover, sometimes we move on in pain, and sometimes we just break the hell down. Franny's breakdown was touching (bad choice of words). The kind of pain that keeps you tortured for days on end. Zooey was simply dull. Worn. Empty.
This is real life, set in an eccentric homeplace, to which there can be no turning back.
Perhaps I have more to say. But I am Zooey today....more
Jini is going to let me borrow hers! She says Dean Koontz is her favorite (from the teenage Jini's perspective) though she likes Phantoms or IntensityJini is going to let me borrow hers! She says Dean Koontz is her favorite (from the teenage Jini's perspective) though she likes Phantoms or Intensity better....more