Sunday, October 18, 2009

October Reading - 2/2

Catcher in the Rye
J.D. Salinger

Oddly good. Holden is interesting, but not particularly likable. He holds the feelings we all have out in the open. Of course he is crazy, too. S uprising how interesting a story of a boy who gets out of prep school after prep school can be, but pimp beat downs, suicide, and nuns can make for an interesting story. The perfect story for those who are trying to find themselves amongst a sea of their peers.


Monday, October 12, 2009

October Reading - 1/2

The Wild Thing
Dave Eggers

Based on the children's story by Maurice Sendak and the screenplay Eggers wrote with Spike Jonze Max is brought to life in a modern world, with a single mom, and idealized dad and a typical teenage sister, not to mention the new man in his mothers life. Max is every kid that didn't get all the attention he needed and created imaginary worlds to establish some control. Where Eggers really succeeds is bringing a childes spirit to the story. Max, while an idealistic nine year old, seems logical, or at least as logical as one can hope a nine year old to be. The Monsters are terrifying and endearing, depending on what is happening. Eggers claims his novel varies from the film, saying that this is his version of Max, not Maurices or Spikes.

Structure: ****