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February 4th, 2010

ladychapel: (Atticus Finch)
Thursday, February 4th, 2010 09:27 am
This is an interesting article about Salinger: http://www.tabletmag.com/arts-and-culture/books/24834/mountain-man/. After reading this, I can easily picture him being the person who wrote Catcher in the Rye.

To be honest, I didn't know much about him except that he didn't write much more after Catcher and that he was reclusive. I'm not a huge fan of Catcher in the Rye or Holden. It's not because the book is badly written. It's not, of course. It deserves its reputation as a great novel.

I read it in high school and could sympathize with Holden's frustration with "phonies." Still, I was equally frustrated with Holden himself who seemed not able to recognize his own flaws while happy to point the finger at others. I remember my English teacher asking me how I liked the book. I told her I liked it but didn't mention that I was starting to lose sympathy with Holden as the novel progressed. She said that she knew that I would like it. Apparently, she thought I would like it more than the other students. No, I didn't. I wasn't as disaffected or disenchanted with humanity as she thought or maybe even that I thought. The book I loved the most from high school and still do was To Kill a Mockingbird, and my favorite literary hero was and is Atticus Finch.
ladychapel: Blue Moon (Default)
Thursday, February 4th, 2010 04:29 pm
 I finished my article while watching Simon and Simon reruns on Hulu. I haven't seen it years. Love it.