And no, I heard nothing! But I'm damn interested! 15 manuscripts!!! Nice!
Don't be upset, nobody writes anything if they don't want, at some point, someone to read. Salinger just didn't want them published while he was alive. If he had wanted them to remain unread forever, he would have burned them, but that's clearly not what he was going for.
I heard that he wrote 8 hours a day for 40 years. You'd not do that if you didn't want anyone to read! Besides, you can't publish anything if the author explicitly said you couldn't. His children, I guess, are the owners of his work now. I really hope those books exist! That's the only thing that could somewhat cheer me up.
Woah! That's crazy! 0.0 He must've really been full on dedicated to his writing.
I really respect him for staying out of the public eye and not letting the fame get to him. It really shows that he does what he does because he loves it and not for the fame like a lot of authors nowadays do.
You know, I actually think things were LESS strict than today, with all the political correctness and what not. Also, back, if you said something stupid on TV or in front of your friends, not everyone had a camera and could make the whole world see it forever on the internet... xD Maybe some day we'll start regreting the old days (especially if stolen pictures of your intimacy get on the internet! Gah!)
Politically, things were less strict (in the US at least). Many drugs were still legal and such. BUT things were much more hush hush. So even if you were doing bad things, they were not openly or even known about in many cases.
But those are very good points. xD Though those haven't really happened to me. Which is good. o.o
Thank you, and I feel the same way. I don't like to judge people without knowing them, but with things like literature, you can generally tell how a person thinks by how they interpret writing. Some people see Catcher in the Rye as a "coming of age book", and I understand their viewpoint, but to me it's a moment in a boy's spiritual journey, a look into the mind of someone with "the sight" as I call it. And I think you understand what I mean! So cheers to you.
Haha, oh yeah; I can't stand it when people say it's a "coming of age" book, because if it is, it certainly isn't the coming of age of a 16 years old... and that'd be the kind of age that not every ever reaches. Lots of people seem to have been fooled by the style of the book, because of the very stupid idea that intelligent things need to be said in complicated ways. I never lose from mind that Salinger was there on D-Day and suffered through post-traumatic stress disorder, read hundreds of books about spirituality, and so much more... It's much deeper than one may think, but it takes a kindred soul to realise this. So anyone thinking the novel is a "coming of age" novel needs to... grow up.
There are only 4 books out there for now, in reading order:
- The Catcher in the Rye
- Nine Stories (Or "For Esthme, with Love & Squalor" in the Penguin edition)
- Franny & Zooey
- Raise High the Roofbeams, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction
The last three are connected, they're about the Glass family, mostly. I recommend to buy them in the Penguin edition because the Little Brown one is... crappy. Bad paper, bad printing, bad size, etc. Whereas the Penguin are just great and all four have the same design, with a different colour for each, which is just sweet.
I think most people have read The Catcher in the Rye. XD I love all the symbolism in that book. Actually, that is probably one of the most favorite parts of english class in highschool and early college. They always force you to look beyond the surface of the words - to analyze everything. There is so much more to a book than just chapters and a climax.
Exactly! I'm a literary student (in my 7th year of it) so I know what you're talking about. That's partly why I love literature, it's a lot of things. I personally think The Catcher in the Rye is under-rated because of its popularity, but I confirm that it's a lot more than it seems, and it's not just a "coming of age" story (I am liable to murder anyone saying this...).
The other books are written in a very different style. Instead of the teenage, spoken style, you get a super wordy style, but that is awesome too. Maybe not for the "Nine Stories", but the rest, yes. They're real jewels of literature, I swear. They have the same spirit as the Catcher, but they're different. And they really show what you can already know with the Catcher, that Salinger is a very profound and loving man.
Eee! You make me want to run out and get them right now, which wouldn't do since I'm rather emerged in several other novels, too! I'm presently reading some books on society, actually. I love snarky, witty authors that have something to say about the world today and culture. That and Chuck Palahniuk, have you read him? He's a gem!
Bravos for being a literary student!!! I'm in college, too - presently off for the semester. I'm going for international relations (I love, love travelling - I want to go back to Europe!!), but I think I'll minor in comparative literature XD
I saw Fight Club, which is enough to make me interested in Chuck whose name I can never spell. My brother read the book (in a French translation) and said it was good, so I guess it is. Otherwise I never read anything by him, but I know who he is and some of his books.
He's on the list of writers to check, along with Bret Easton Ellis and a couple of others (in that category; my complete list of writers to check is enormous...).
If you want to read a witty French novel, which is at once hilarious and profound, you should check Amélie Nothomb and her novel "Fear & Trembling". I wrote an amazon review which I'll link you to right now... just a sec...