Just finished Catcher in the Rye for the second time.
First time was back in high school, maybe sophomore year, probably around 16.
Getting ready for my 20th HS reunion now.
Much more settled person.
The book is wonderful. Unique. Distinctive Voice.
Talked to me as someone who always felt the outsider. Eddie Einstein. The geek.
I embrace the geek now. I relish who I am. Instead of worrying about the phonies I ignore them.
Don’t worry about the pettiness of high school, of silly assignments. Of being forced to read crap like Silas Marner and the Scarlet Letter (yep tried again, still sucks.)
High school is a funny and awkward time.
Read a quote once calling high school subsidized dating. As someone who didn’t date much in high school, I would call it subsidized awkwardness.
It also amazes me that a book from 1945 still seems so new.
Definitely worth the re-read, glad I did it. Sometimes wish my reading wasn’t so scattered.
Haven’t re-read all of my favorite books in high school yet. Brave New World, Lord of the Flies, and others not remembered I haven’t read again.
I have re-read 1984 at least once back in September, 2001. After the bombings, after patriot acts. Yep it’s still fresh. Still accurate. Still all too accurate. We live more in a time of doublespeak all the time. ****1/2
Re-read “To Kill A Mockingbird” last year. Also excellent. Not as good as I remember. But, the courtroom scenes are some of the best prose in all of 20th Century literature. ****
I heard a poem by Matt Gallant who is a New Hampshire slam poet. He is an English teacher and says a lot of books in high school are meant to be read later in life. I am not so sure. Seems like my opinions about a lot of these books are similar.
Although I do think Freshman year is awfully early for Romeo and Juliet, and there should be more effort to have more choice in reading.
I also wish I took less honors English and more regular English in high school. I loved my Junior year class in regular English (still awfully smart kids at Montgomery HS in NJ). I hated AP English and Sophmore English. And Mr. Juliano made Freshman English fun, even though it was honors.
And so, so happy I have parents that read and have a huge library. Books are a great gift.