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Re: Five Books... that's all you've got.
« Reply #120 on: June 16, 2011, 01:02:42 pm »
There's far better techincal novels out there but for sense of character it's up there with the best. I suppose it resonates with teenagers more than anyone though.

Dunno. The lad in it came across as an arrogant spoilt little shit to me. I thought that when I first read it as a kid. Awww. Boo hoo hoo lad. You've had some bad stuff happen? Boo hoo. So does everyone else. Stop whining and acting like a cock and fucking grow up was my initial opinion :)
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Re: Five Books... that's all you've got.
« Reply #121 on: June 16, 2011, 01:22:05 pm »
Dunno. The lad in it came across as an arrogant spoilt little shit to me. I thought that when I first read it as a kid. Awww. Boo hoo hoo lad. You've had some bad stuff happen? Boo hoo. So does everyone else. Stop whining and acting like a cock and fucking grow up was my initial opinion :)

I guess Holden Caulfield is a bit like Morrissey really isn't he Andy  :P

I'm torn about Catcher - I really liked it as a kid, but I don't want to go back and read it. I have a feeling if I were to read again I'd prefer all Salinger's other work, the short stories.
As a gateway book, i.e getting kids into reading, it will always rank highly on lists - everyone I know remembers it quite fondly as a book that got them interested in books. In a certain sense, regardless of its own merits, it is an important title. A bit like when I was a teenage twat listening to Oasis and then figured out all the bands they ripped off were well better - still have to thank Oasis for pointing it out.


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Re: Five Books... that's all you've got.
« Reply #122 on: June 16, 2011, 01:37:56 pm »
Salinger's short stories are great. Someone slated 'Franny and Zooey' in this thread and at first I found it difficult to get into but by the end it was very rewarding. Spiritual as hell though, not to everyones taste I can imagine.
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Re: Five Books... that's all you've got.
« Reply #123 on: June 16, 2011, 02:36:54 pm »
5 books i'm about to read based on this thread

Midnight's Children
Atonement (been on the shelf for a while)
No Country for Old Men
Disgrace (reread)
Never Let Me Go
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Re: Five Books... that's all you've got.
« Reply #124 on: June 16, 2011, 07:45:04 pm »
5 books i'm about to read based on this thread

I never even thought one book would be written based on this thread, but FIVE!!! :shocked
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Re: Five Books... that's all you've got.
« Reply #125 on: June 16, 2011, 08:05:17 pm »
Cheers for the recommendations guys.  I have 2 comments:

1) JM Coetzee's Disgrace completely turned me off because of its racist (not racial) undertones.  I might need to read it again to see if it has the same effect on me, but I remember being pretty disgusted the first time around.

2) Douglas Coupland is a Canuck, not a Yankee.
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Re: Five Books... that's all you've got.
« Reply #126 on: June 16, 2011, 10:56:55 pm »
Cheers for the recommendations guys.  I have 2 comments:

1) JM Coetzee's Disgrace completely turned me off because of its racist (not racial) undertones.  I might need to read it again to see if it has the same effect on me, but I remember being pretty disgusted the first time around.

2) Douglas Coupland is a Canuck, not a Yankee.

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Re: Five Books... that's all you've got.
« Reply #127 on: June 18, 2011, 10:08:56 am »


Anyway, onwards with this impossible task...
The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe.
The subject matter might not be the stuff of literary classics but the depth of feeling & admiration for the trail-blazing men it documents is astonishing.

I LOVE TOM WOLFE AND HAVE READ THE LOT.  I THINK THE RIGHT STUFF WOULD BE A GREAT FIRST CHOICE FROM HIM THOUGH.  THAT OR THE ELECTRIC KOOL-AID ACID TEST THOUGH THAT'S SPECIFICALLY ABOUT A SUBJECT VERY DEAR TO MY HEART ;D


Brighton Rock - Graham Greene.
Ok, it's a thriller but if there's a better villain than Pinkie in the history of UK literature I'm a dutchman (you can call me Dirk).

A CLASSIC FROM ONE OF MY FAVOURITE WRITERS.  SUCH A RANGE OF MATERIAL.  FROM THE HEARTBREAK OF 'THE END OF THE AFFAIR' TO THE JOYOUS 'TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT'  'BRIGHTON ROCK' IS STILL A GREAT PLACE TO START.

The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
Need I elaborate?

I NEVER LIKED IT.  ITS SUPPOSED TO BE A BOOK THAT YOU IDENTIFY WITH DURING A CERTAIN TEEN PERIOD OF MEGA-ANGST - SYLVIA PLATH FOR BOYS? - BUT I ALWAYS FOUND HOLDEN ANNOYING AND WEAK.  I LOVE SALINGER BUT WOULD RECOMMEND HIS 'NINE STORIES' OVER 'CATCHER IN THE RYE'
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Only read 'Catcher in the Rye' and I dunno how you can find it entertaining. The main character was an annoying little self-obsessed shithead.

i too am an annoying; self-obsessed and a little shit but with added charm.  maybe that's why i dont like holden?
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