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September break: what I’m reading

what I'm reading

1. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. This is my new bookgroup book. I read it when i was at school (not at school) and didn’t like it, but I’m keeping an open mind

2. The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro. I picked this up years ago on a book exchange shelf in Berlin, and started reading in in Brussels. I’m about half way through but I’m not sure I will finish it. It’s the same dreamlike thing of never being told what’s going on, and the central character not understanding it themselves as Never Let me Go, which I liked. I don’t necessarily dislike it, but it’s about a million times slower to unravel than Never Let Me Go, and the central character is just not very nice, so I don’t have the patience to wait.

3. The Village by Nikita Lalwani. No idea what this is about, but it was another contender for the book group, so I got it out of the library at the same time. I like the cover. Yes, I’m that sophisticated.

4. 100 Bullets by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso. I’ve finished this, actually. Dave loves the graphic novels by these guys. It’s a crime/film noir type plot, with lots of sort stories that very slowly merge into the beginnings of a coherent story. I say beginnings, because after book 1 (it’s a triology) I still don’t really understand what’s going on. I enjoy reading it but am reserving judgement.

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  • Alice 5 September 2012, 12:16 pm

    The first time I read Salinger was only about 2 years ago and I absolutely hated it, I think I just thought Holden was a brat. All my friends loved it when they were a teenager though, maybe it’s just about when you read it. I picked up a couple of Discworld novels I haven’t read yet recently so I’m looking forward to some easy reading this month xo
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    • Franca 5 September 2012, 12:47 pm

      I just finished reading it again yesterday and I still don’t like it at all. I get more where Holden’s coming from, I don’t think he’s just a spoiled brat, which was what I thought when I first read it, but I just don’t see what the point of this book is. I have no idea why teachers choose it as texts to read with their classes, because there really isn’t much to interpret, is there. I looked up interpretations and everything, but couldn’t find anything I find satisfactory. The ending’s a bit weird as well. It seems to be saying he’s stable now, but there’s nothing to suggest he’s sorted out his brain, and he’s probably going to go off and start all over again.