Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Grapes of Wrath

Adam, one of my best friends in college gave me The Grapes of Wrath right before we went home for winter break our junior year.  In addition to the inscription (“May your mind always be on fire.”) below, he included a note that said something to the effect of “I’ve really enjoyed all of our debates this semester [Continue]

The Lord of the Rings

I had started reading The Lord of the Rings at least twice before, but this summer I was determined to get through it.  I felt that I SHOULD love these books and that once into the story, I wouldn’t be able to put it down. As my middle son might say: Fail!  I couldn’t do it. [Continue]

Lord of the Flies

I remember being blown away by Lord of the Flies as a teenager.  The characters were so real to me.  On starting the book, I looked forward to meeting them again.  But I was disappointed. All the atrocities that happen on the island are so memorable that they fail to have any impact. And I found I didn’t fall [Continue]

The Catcher in the Rye

When I began reading The Catcher in the Rye this summer, I was ready for pure entertainment.  I remembered how Holden’s wit and cynicism had made me laugh.  I wasn’t disappointed.  The beginning of the book is filled with humor.  Some of it is laugh-out-loud funny, but most of it is just smile-as-you-read witty.  What I [Continue]