darkczarina (darkczarina) wrote in goth_intellect,

Let us start the discussion!

I'm sure we all have read J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. Because it is so widely read, this work often gets trivialized. Salinger is one of my favorite authors, so I would like to make a reading suggestion that will hopefully lead to conversation.

For an easily analyzed text, I would reccommend "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" from Salinger's work Nine Stories. For more challenging analysis, I reccommend either "Teddy" from the same collection, or "Franny" from Franny and Zooey. The basic themes and meanings are easily decernable (I never claimed to be a spelling master), however, there is a lot more you can gather from the text.

I hope some of you will read these stories and help get discussion started.

If anyone has literary suggestions that are gothic in nature, I would love for them to post. I must admit, as far as fiction goes, modern American literature is likely my favorite genre.

A quotation from "Franny"
"The rest were standing around in hatless, smoky little groups of twos and threes and fours inside the heated waiting room, talking in voices that, almost without exception, sounded collegiately dogmatic, as though each young man, in his strident, conversational turn, was clearing up, once and for all, some highly controversial issue, one that the outside, non-matriculating world had been bungling, provocatively or not, for centuries."
I felt it was appropriate for this community. I hope we shan't be nearly so sophomoric.
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