Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)
Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Thursday, January 8, 2009


In the holidays I finished Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger.

He only wrote four books, and having now read them all, I feel kinda sad.

I spread them out as long as I could. My favourite was Catcher in the Rye, maybe my favourite book ever.


Stuart Heath said...

Hi, Ben,

I've just been introduced to your blog (by Andrew and Carly) and I love it.

What particularly appeals to you about 'Catcher'?

Ben McLaughlin said...

Hi Stuart, thanks for reading, and nice to meet you. Andrew and Carly are good eggs.

Oh man, why do I like 'Catcher'? Where do I start!

The writing immediately appealed to me, and as I had no idea what the book was about before reading, it just felt amazing and fresh, and unlike any other author I'd read.

Also I empathised hugely with Holden, and loved the way he expressed himself. I find it hard to like a character if they feel too 'woe is me' or self-indulgent, and though Holden was basicly going through a melt-down, it didn't feel self-indulgent, but seemed real, and treated with humour.

I just loved everything about it. I might read it again this year.

Have you read it?

Stuart Heath said...

Many times, but probably not for ten years or so. I'd be interested to see if, on the far side of teenage Angst, I don't find it indulgent :)

I'm also a huge fan of Steinbeck. I'm a sucker for the epic!

Ben McLaughlin said...

Well, I was in my late twenties and didn't find it that way.. but then again I'm not very well growed up.

Cool that you like Steinbeck. I'm slowly making my way through his stuff. My fav so far has been Cannery Row. Do you like William Faulkner? He's probably my favourite author. Sort of like a less accessible Steinbeck!

Stuart Heath said...

Such is my ignorance that I'd never heard of Faulkner, though Wikipedia assures me he was "one of the most influential writers of the 20th century". Perhaps I've read some people he influenced.

I'll put him on my list of things to read when I regain freedom over my reading list. Thanks for the tip :)