Friday, January 16, 2009

The Classics

I've decided that I need to expand my literary horizons this year. Though Harry Potter and Twilight were fantastic, I've never delved into the classics, nor enjoyed many of the ones I did manage to read, though high school assigned reading usually isn't all that enjoyable.

I picked up a few books for mere couch cushion change at a library book sale a few months ago, and I started with J.D. Salinger's 'The Catcher in the Rye.' The more pages I turned in this book, the more I thought, WTF? Who decided that this book was a "classic?" It's crazily written ramblings of a 16 year old prep-school dropout did not ilicit many feelings of awe and admiration for Mr. Salinger or his book. While there are many amusing situations and hilarious quotes that are just begging for 'facebook-status,' fame, I just wasn't that impressed.

From wikipedia: "The novel was chosen by Time among the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005, and by Modern Library and its readers as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century."

Next week: Ernest Hemingway's 'The Sun Also Rises.'


Leslie Hutchins said...

I will be in Abilene I believe Feb 2-4th. I will send you my new cell phone number in a message on facebook. Let's plan to get together. I will keep you posted! Can't wait to see you.

Kami said...

that's weird. I'm doing the same.....