28 September 2010
16 September 2010
Original Publish Date: 1951
The story of teenager Holden Caulfield's turbulent last few days before his Christmas vacation. During these days, Holden leaves Pencey Prep, a boy's school he's been kicked out of, and takes off for a few nights alone in New York City. (taken from http://www.bookrags.com/)
Why it was banned/challenged:
Frequently challenged because of language and sexual references.
Once again I find myself let down by one of the classics. I've read this before and the only thing I remembered about it was that I didn't like it. And upon re-reading it, I still don't like it. I don't understand why it is such a "classic." Foul language is scattered across the pages with no more consistency than dice rolled in a game of Yahtzee!. There is no rhyme or reason for them and because of them the sentences are very fragmented/choppy...so choppy, in fact, that oftentimes I'd have to re-read a sentence a few times before I even comprehended what it was saying because the real "meat" of it was interupted so frequently by that damn language. (haha...pun intended) And while I have no real moral objection to the language, nor do I find it particularly offensive, it's just so incredibly unnecessary. If I had to sum up this novel in one word it would be manic. The whole tone of the novel felt manic to me and Holden has some serious bi-polar issues to work out. Also, the book never comes to any sort of conclusion and I never saw a real point to his telling of the story--I never understood why were were hearing these stories from him. Just an all-around disappointment.
DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in the afore mentioned book, The Catcher in the Rye, are the sole views and opinions of the author and have nothing to do with me or my views/opinions/beliefs...so get off my back. I am in no way affiliated with the afore mentioned author...except that one time in Vegas-------uh, nevermind.
15 September 2010
As promised...here's my review of the first book from the ALA's Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books List.
The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Original publish date: 1925