Catcher in the Rye & The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

•02/15/2010 • Leave a Comment

I don’t have a lot of time i have to be at a piano lesson soon. So, the reason i am doing both of these books together is because when ever i think of one, i all of the sudden think of the other with it. Just because there so much alike, i think. The way there plot is set up: A boy who just goes from place to place, (generally) with know connection to the place before it.  Each new area or though continuing to develop the characters and drive the plot. Obviously there are some major differences, i always think of both. As i say i don’t really have time to talk about both and i figured i needed to get a post in. But, i will say that i prefer Catcher, and think that every one should at least just look into it.

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1984

•02/04/2010 • Leave a Comment

Well first off, i feel that everyone should read this book at least once. I have tried countless time to try and persuade my friends and brother to read this book. Most of the time it is futile, but after about a year of hounding, two of my friends have started it recently.  The only other person i have convinced to read it is my mother. The only problem was that she didn’t like it… she seemed to focus more on how horrible it would be to be one of the characters in the book and not really on just how fascinating the world that Orwell had created really was.

Now after saying that, i can see why some people may not like this book. It is a very sad, morbid, and at some points brutal, but those where the key driving factors that made me so interested ( along with some other points). Although for my mother, those where the exact same reasons she could not enjoy it. I guess i can explain it like this, if any one doesn’t get it.  The most interesting event and time in all of history for me is WWII; it is just so fascinating how the major country of the world we’re involved, how the warfare of that time progressed, and the whole history behind the war. Also, as a odd side note, the three countries that made the Axis (Germany, Italy, and Japan) are the same three countries i am most interested in and want to visit, its just weird. Well back to an actual point, even though the War was a horrible event that killed some many innocent people, i am still amazed by it. So yeah, i personal would not have wanted to been involved in the war, but looking back on it as a spectator i think it is the coolest thing since sliced bread. So in a baby example, that is the way i feel about this book.

So i guess I’ll talk about the book now hehe. Well George Orwell wrote this book in 1948, and just switch the last two digits to create the time setting for this dystopic novel. This novel is as though totalitarianism had become dominate in the government, which there is only 3 countries really.  So essentially this is a novel depicts a world similar to that of ours if Hitler or Stalin had controlled most of the world.  So there are basically 3 levels of social class: Inner party on top, outer party below, and the proles on bottom. And the head honcho in charge is Big Brother. Well the inner party are the rich people high up on the political chain, while the outer party (where Winston, the protaganist, is a part of) is similar to  middle class, and the proles (the majority) are uneducated poor folks. So mainly the government watches everyone constantly and if anyone even thinks of committing a crime and expresses any resistant what so ever they are taken away. this mainly apply the the outer party.

That is a very very brief overview of the setting, kinda, but the best part of the book for me is all the psychological concepts to ponder on. I don’t really want to go into all of that so i just leave any one who is reading this with, ” Go read 1984, right now.”

The wonderful audio book

•02/01/2010 • 1 Comment

I read some of these books, but i have listen to most of them on audio book. I find that audio books are much more practical, they allow me to focus on the plot and really think about the ideas the author introduces, while i am driving, falling asleep, or even some times when i was working at my old job as a grocery story stock boy. I know it seems lame to use audio books, but i just find it so much more practical.

Holden Caulfield is lonely

•01/31/2010 • Leave a Comment

Well J.D. Salinger, the author of one of my favorite book, The Catcher in the Rye, died on January 27, 2010.  Even though he hadn’t written anything in a while i am still sad to hear he died.

Slaughterhouse Five

•01/31/2010 • Leave a Comment

Well i Just got done with this book, i have to say its quite a trippy book. So it’s about a soldier named Billy Pilgrim who fought in World War II and keeps slipping in and out of time. He gets captured by German soldiers and then gets sent to Dresden. So the Bombing of Dresden is a major point of the entire book.

Oh, i forgot to mention that he gets abducted by some aliens called the tralfamadorians, I mean this guy is really tripin balls.  Although this sound ridicules, i though it was a pretty good way to explain how Billy kept slipping in and out of time. I found it very interesting how Vonnegut made the tralfamadorians. They could see into the forth dimension, meaning they essentially could see time. Like when a person died, it wasn’t as though they were dead, they where only dead in that moment, there were still plenty of moments when they had existed. Its kinda cool, but i suck at explaining things really. A big theme or the books is the concept of free will. Because Billy went into the future and the past several times in the book, he could not change the out come. What happened, happened and would always happened the same way.  Each event that past was set up a certain way and the situation never would change. Even though the tralfamadorians could see and go to different moments the could not change them.

Overall i enjoyed the book, i little bit of WWII information, some new concepts to think about and just plain entertaining. Time well spent. Well as i said before i suck at explaining an annotating. This was just a quick post, ill probably come back to it and add more. Well hopefully ill get better at discussing books or this blog will continue to suck lol.

First Post

•01/31/2010 • Leave a Comment

Well I’m new to the blogging game. Well essentially what i hope to accomplish with this blog is to keep some what of a record of all the “classics” I have read. So that’s about it, once i figure out how to set up my blog i will probably be doing a lot more post and such.