The drawings are magical, obviously, but how can you make words fascinating to a person who may not even know what these foreign symbols are, let alone mean? Why? If I could erase all memory of episodes 1-3 I would without blinking. 1 Answer. Harlan Ellison? well, I was going to mention vonnegut, but heller is more highbrow. Yes, I forgot about the genius of The Far Side and, in particular, Calvin and Hobbes. Cheers! Gin a body meet a body, comin frae the well, Gin a body kiss a body, need a body tell; Oh and I’d put Dr Seuss in the list of best writers/artists of any kind ever. aus oder wählen Sie 'Einstellungen verwalten', um weitere Informationen zu erhalten und eine Auswahl zu treffen. I’m not sure I get the compliment to the good doctor there. !love effy xxx. Salinger's Number 2 … Bored of the Rings was great. This is such an awesome idea! I pictured Holden in a straight jacket, sitting on a hospital bed, narrating the novel into a mirror. Who is the father of Dagny’s young son? I got The Complete Calvin and Hobbes set for my 40th birthday. “Green Eggs and Ham was written using only 50 individual words and only (I think) two of them have more than one syllable. I’m going to go away now and drink a lot and do manly things like bullfighting. In the novel, as was first reported by the U.K. Telegraph and then the New York Post and other U.S. outlets, a 76-year-old man called "Mr. C" (who is said to be a stand-in for Salinger's Holden Caulfield character, the troubled and rebellious teenage protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye), escapes from a nursing home, encountering, as part of his travels, "a Salinger-like figure" as he seeks to retrace Holden's youthful steps. I guess I’m going to have to read Catch-22 some day. I always thought Hemingway wrote good stories poorly. I thought that this was a brilliant review.Marjan. BTW, I feel the same about the Great Gatsby; only people who identify with the Paris Hiltons of the 1920’s could like that dreck. Also Don DeLillo; End Zone and Libra in particular. I thought it was boring and pointless. And that book taught me to fucking read.”, “I’m not sure I get the compliment to the good doctor there.”. For Christ's sake, there's good-faith and bad-faith misreadings, but there really is only misreading. He considers almost every adult he meets to be a phony, and repeatedly states his fear of turning into a phony himself. He may be considered an important writer, but I think he’s a pretty average one. No matter what, Holden will always be more of a “little bitch” than I can ever be. If I could erase all memory of episodes 1-3 I would without blinking.”. I’ve never read Catcher in the Rye or the Great Gatsby, and to be honest, I have kind of conflated the two in my mind. What he wants to do is catch children before they fall off the metaphorical cliff that is the … “To all of you who criticize Catcher, you’re nothing but fucking vapid phonies masquerading as gnomes w substance.”. cut out your tongue! Why is a book about a spoiled rich kid kicked out of a fancy prep school so widely read by ordinary Americans, the overwhelming majority of whom have limited means and attend, or attended, public schools? In the book report we had to write, I informed my teacher that I stopped reading it when it became communist propaganda, and that I really didn’t know what happened in the last half of the book. Why is it so normalised for writers (and other artists) to have mental issues? “Then again just about every one of the Great Books I was forced to read seemed pretty goddam overrated.”. tio, far and away, most of the books I’ve read, I was never required to read. The Catcher in the Rye sucked. Nick, thanks to you I feel OK that I am the only person in the world who has never read Catcher in the Rye. I have never read Salinger, and don’t plan to. But that wasn't the case with The Wind Done Gone and it would not be with 60 Years Later (which sounds genuinely rotten from Rosenbaum's description). Holden Caulfield, in all his whiny, self-obsessive glory, IS the empire these days, only they call him Baby Boomers. “The Cream of the Jest: A Comedy of Evasion” is my favorite metafiction. I will give you 10 to 1 you could send that around to English Departments as a proposed thesis topic and no one would bat an eye. Oh. When Phoebe asks Holden what he wants to be when he grows up, he answers “the catcher in the rye” – a person he imagines as responsible for “catching” children in the field before they “start to go over the cliff.” The field of Holden’s fantasy is free of adult ideas and artificiality. I need to read Catch 22. The Last Picture Show, Texasville, Duane’s Depressed. 7 years ago. Like a jerk, Salinger not only wants the book to be disappeared via preliminary injunction, he also wants cash (the gift that keeps on giving). Isaac – I meant, I never was required to read it (CitR), and I’ve never read it, either. Those characters are architypes of the human condition. Answer Save. Keep right on sucking up to people who will never accept you, John. It is the easiest thing in the world to say Peanuts is the best comic ever. Grapes of Wrath should have made my list. Still have questions? Maybe instead of trying to catch them he could place a metaphorical trampoline at the bottom of the metaphorical cliff. Of course, some people may think he sucks; feel free to STFU. What I said about The Wind Done Gone: Randall's novel would indeed steal something from the text that inspired it. Cannery Row is good. Kind of in a different class than books like Catcher and Grapes of Wrath that pretend to be adult books. Holden sees himself as "the catcher in the rye." I enjoyed Catcher In The Rye. also there’s no tie-in to post-colonialism. Anyway, that book, Slaughterhouse-Five and a whole host of others mentioned here are great. Horrible; but at least it was memorably horrible, unlike Catcher. They’re fun, but pretty crummy in terms of quality. [Chorus] Gin a body meet a body Comin thro' the glen Gin a body kiss a body, I know it's from a poem. I like Catch-22. It’s funny, but by the end of his life Dos Passos was quite the right-winger. when I reread Catcher it was better. I then ask myself, “Am I a whiny little bitch?”. The book’s title stems from a scene in Chapter 16 when Holden observes a young boy who, ignored by his parents, walks in the street while singing “If a body catch a body coming through the rye.” Holden interprets this scene as a perfect expression of the innocence of youth. The rest of us can’t get the hours of our life back spent reading that book. Then I threw it away. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Get your answers by asking now. For all of the awfulness of the last three movies, it is still a very interesting universe. So would I Robot and Foundation. It’s to inflate weak ideas, obscure poor reasoning and inhibit clarity. "I thought it was 'If a body catch a body,'" I said. One other point, since Catcher in the Rye is more than 50 years old, in J sub D’s world it becomes public domain the day Salinger kicks the bucket. You can explain complicated thoughts to educated people, you don’t have to hold back. After seeing it referred to in some movie as the book that all the good nutjobs read, I looked for it at the tiny library and it was out for months and had a waiting list. Why? whereas a detective novel or a sci fi book or whatever are more of a “fun” thing to do. That's something that can and should be addressed. Sie können Ihre Einstellungen jederzeit ändern. Hi, I have read this in the famous novel Catcher in the Rye. Media Contact & Reprint Requests. Catcher in the rye was awful; never got the point of “A seperate peace: gave up on “Catch 22”, after the 1st 9 orso chapters, recounting the same events from different viewpoints. Use up and down arrows to review and enter to select. the best American book of the 20th century is clearly Garfield’s 45th Collection. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. The title of The Catcher in the Rye is a reference to "Comin' Thro the Rye," a Robert Burns poem and a symbol for the main character's longing to preserve the innocence of childhood. To me it is a 1st Amendment issue. That is why Catcher in the Rye deserves its greatness. I couldn’t get through Memoir from Antproof Case – I was sort of disturbed at how bad it was. For every Coltrane there are a 100 hacks who would have been better off following the rules. The poem "Comin Thro' the Rye" by Scottish writer Robert Burns (1759–1796), is probably best known because of Holden Caulfield's misinterpretation of it in J.D. Who is involved in a gay marriage? because it is good literature.”. The misreading made me understand Salinger's anger: Why put up with idiots when he could write as he pleased and let the misguided hacks hack away at him when he was dead? The lyric that sparks Holden’s fantasy turns out to mean just the opposite of his interpretation. Still, I think it is a great read. The title of the novel The Catcher in the Rye (1951) by J. D. Salinger comes from the poem's name. The findings suggest that people infected in Connecticut were 10 times as likely to die as people infected in Utah or Oregon. Whenever I’m feeling down, I just think of Holden Caulfield. She's gone. It needs to be rewitten to end with that whinny little bitch Holden getting involved in a serious D/S relationship with a gay dominant. Dune is likely the best of that genre in the 20th. Or even the lack of basic writing to discuss. Or even Bukowski’s Peanuts. They're Illegal. Rapid Home COVID-19 Tests Are the Best Path to a New Normal. I’m not kidding. That’s what a friend told me, I didn’t understand why a fence wouldn’t be built, but maybe that’s explained in the book. It’s unfortunate that what I think is a really great work is essentially invisible in the modern era, because everyone goes into it thinking they’re just reading about flapper nostalgia or something. It has been since high school that I read Catcher. Satire (and homage) is one of the longest-standing traditions in literature. “Yeah, John, because that would have NEVER happened during the Bush administration.”. Consider that with his amazing drawings and undertones (Butter Battle Book) and you’ve not a man, but a god. European Tariffs Would Be a Disaster. Throughout the novel, he's confronted with the realities of growing up—of violence, sexuality, and corruption (or "phoniness"), and he doesn't want any part of it. Esther Lombardi, M.A., is a journalist who has covered books and literature for over twenty years. Rosenbaum was genuinely excited by the (foiled!) San Francisco, New York City, Boston, and other large metro areas have posted double-digit drops in rent. I don't study the book but it's easy to understand and really interesting, I'm impressed! Salinger Out Of Hiding, “Question: worst American novel of the 20th Century (non pulp catagory)?”. He can't do anything to stop or stall it, and he realizes that his wish to save the children is "crazy"—perhaps even unrealistic and impossible. You are a small-minded fool if you think otherwise. I do enjoy me some Larry McMurtry. And I declined to read a good many of those which I was required to. I think you’re right Warty. An American Tragedy Infinite Jest Catcher in the Rye Armies of the Night. [If you were unfortunate enough to have seen some abominable name-stealing video (speaking of conceptual vandalism), block it from your mind as best as you can.]. And that book taught me to fucking read. Visit BN.com to buy new and used textbooks, and check out our award-winning NOOK tablets and eReaders. I love the book. “that sort of theft should be actionable”… No say me. However, when we want to blow off steam I think I can speak for most when I say that the first thing that springs to mind, when expelled from school, is not to run away and casually waste all of your money in your home town, staying in a seedy hotel and going through the phone book desperately trying to find someone who can be bothered to meet you for a drink.
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