Thursday, September 13, 2012

No TV yields a classic.

About two weeks ago my goddam TV just went black.  There was no sound without a view...nada...just went black.  Lame.  Lousy piece of crap.  So, I did some sluething around and found out it was probably the t-board and I could replace it at Radio Shack and take the back off of the goddam television and fix it and bam, that goddam TV would probably work again. I didn't do that.  And, I haven't bought another one...yet.

 Needless to say, I've got an abundance of 'free time'. I was thinking about my bucket list and remembered I had put read/reread the classics.  While we were in Europe, Vee and I had discussed this and we each bought one and decided we would trade when we finished it.  

Five months later and no TV, I pick up Catcher in the Rye.  

Did you read this?  Do you remember Holden talks just like that?  Every other word is lousy or goddam.  At first, I really thought the book was lousy.  I was asking people in casual conversations, what was so goddam great about Catcher in the Rye?  Why is this book deemed, a classic?  

I really was. 

 I really thought the goddam book was lousy.  

But, I kept reading it and I grew to like how J.D. Salinger wrote.  It was just like how he talked. He didn't shape the book after journalistic rules.  He seemed to just write and I liked that.

 After reading awhile, I started to feel a little sorry for Holden. He was a regular teenager.  Growing up and dealing and just making his way...discovering what it must be like trying to come into being a man. 

 My favorite part, is his affection for his sister, Phoebe.  He sneaks home one night (he got kicked out of Prep school) and wakes her up to talk.   Without going into all the detail, she asks him what he wants to be?  What do you want to do Holden? 

 I love that he sat there and had to think about it...and he finally said he didn't know. She was like - you don't know?  Who doesn't know what they want to be?  Then he explained he'd like to be in the rye fields when the children play.  When they are all high on life, floating around and getting too close to the edge. He would catch know, be a catcher in the rye and all.  

Seems like a simple dream...or heroic in a way.  I don't know, I just liked it.  I liked that he didn't know what he wanted to least not right away.  Because, sometimes I don't even know...and here I am...41.

  I will tell you something...I don't think I've ever been in a rye field and I decided I don't remember ever reading this book! 

 I came to this conclusion because, I didn't remember that is why the book is named, Catcher in the Rye.  Hence, on my bucket list, read the classics and reread the ones you think you've read...because I probably didn't or I didn't retain anything important about the book.  Reminds me of, St. Elmo's Fire - remember?  I didn't recall why or what St. Elmo's Fire meant...where was I?  

Regardless, I have changed my stance on it...I no longer think the book is lousy.  I think it's a goddam great book. I like the honesty and the emotions. I love his adventurous spirit and quest for love, albeit odd.  He seems so innocent, almost silly but courageous...and in the end...I liked all the language.  I found it entertaining...thankfully, right...cause, I still got no goddam TV. 

I wondered about the book.  I wondered WHY it had such acclaim because although, I like it...I don't love it. So, I read that most think, because of the time it was written, in the 1950's, it was deemed of such radical social opinion and written at a time of conservatism that if published today, it most likely would go under the radar and not have reached such stature. There is a lot of criticism and praise for the's interesting to read.  What I found most interesting however, was to read about J.D. Salinger himself. He became uninterested in fame after seeking it and turned recluse.  Dying what most would consider a lonley life at 91.   

In the meantime, I've read Gone Girl (total page turner), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (cute - a movie is coming out soon) and Wife 22 (loved it).

How have I plowed through all of these goddam books?  Oh, my lousy TV broke.  Perhaps, not such a bad thing after all.   

1 comment:

  1. get a goddam tv would ya? dancing with the stars is about to start!!!! heeheehee just kidding! i love this blog every single goddam entry!!!! love love LOVE!!!