Monday, February 21, 2011

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Tennessee Williams

I'll write about this later.

Gone With the Wind

Gone With the Wind
Margaret Mitchell

Well, I finished this book probably around two weeks ago and I don't think any amount of settling will help me to write properly how much I loved it, how much I enjoyed this book. How much I love Rhett Butler cannot be put into words. I'm still not sure if it was the movie or if it was, in fact, the book that put me in to obsession mode. Could it be a combination of both? I'm not sure but I loved almost every minute of it.

For starters, I hate Scarlett O'Hara. She's annoying and selfish and basically every quality I hate in a person. I do, however, love Scarlett that is in the movie. Vivien Leigh is amazing on every aspect of the word. Movie Scarlett is a much more likable character than the Scarlett of the book. There were also a lot of times when I was bored with the book. Mostly when Scarlett kept marrying men because she is a selfish bitch. Why are you complaining about having kids. What did you think was going to happen? Granted in a book that was nearing 1,500 pages, I was bound to get a little bored, I was just hoping the whole time that Captain Butler would grace me with his presence. He did. A lot. And I enjoyed every minute of it. Oh and while I'm in this paragraph ranting about characters that I don't like, I hated Ashley too. Why would you lead someone on for YEARS like that? He was not a gentleman at all. I think that Rhett was much more of a gentleman than Ashley was.

I didn't even mind the length of this book. I'm saying this as a reader who lives for books less than 200 pages. I lose interest more quickly than Brick from The Middle, but I was interested most of this book. I love all of the characters for the most part. I loved the time period. I loved the way they talked. I really loved the way they gossiped. Me, being a huge prude, would have fit in so well with the Southern gentry of the time. I love talking about other people for doing things that I would never do and I love looking down on people. Why was I born in 1988? Why?

I like to think about all of the amazing dresses they wore. They're amazing names. I don't think that this book was meant to be a thought provoking book, hence why I loved it. Why I loved every minute of it. I'm not even sure what else I can say about this. I just loved it. Is that enough?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie
Tennessee Williams

This is my next adventure into reading plays and Tennessee Williams. I'm not sure if I liked this one as much as Streetcar, but I can't say that I minded it. There wasn't really much of a plot other than a mother, Amanda, who wanted her daughter, Laura to have gentlemen call on her, so she asks her son, Tom, to have a friend come over. So Tom brings a friend over, who used to be this boy that Laura liked in High School, they talk and blah blah blah. *Spoiler* nothing happens. He's engaged, this Jim is. Sucks for Laura, poor girl. Laura is crazy. She's basically an Old Maid and is obsessed with her collection of glass animals. She has a collection of glass animals. But who am I to judge? I sleep with a stuffed penguin.
I think that the fact that nothing happened is my favorite part of the book. There isn't a whole bunch of plot for me to get lost into.
I'm basically indifferent to this book, as I'm sure you can tell. I don't have anything to say good about it or bad about it. It's a good play, and I'm sure it has all of these hidden meanings that I don't like finding.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters


Raise High the Roof Beams, Carpenters*
J.D Salinger

If there is one book that can never be bettered, it's Catcher in the Rye. Honestly, I don't think I'll ever read it again for fear that I won't love it as much the next time I read it. The reason is this: I am getting older and Holden's ramblings and his hatred of "phonies" don't relate to me any more. I still love him and plan on naming my first born son Holden...that is if I ever have kids, and I still agree with everything he says except the whole hating movies thing, that is ridiculous. But, as I said, I'm getting older and I need someone new that I can relate to. In flies the main character of Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters, Buddy Glass (His real name is Webb, though. I just looked it up). He is 23 years old, so more like me. He is in the Army, so not like me, but Buddy, I feel has the same outlook on life and of people that I do.

"I was not only twenty-three but a conspicuously retarded twenty-three" is my favorite quote from the whole story. Unfortunately, my love to read only what is on the outside, missed basically everything but the plot in this story. I hate diving deeper into literature. I know, I know, how sad and pathetic, right? To help you out a little, the plot is basically Buddy going to his brother's wedding, but his brother, Seymour, flakes and then the wedding guests are going over to Muriel's (Seymour's fiance's) parent's house. Buddy get into the car with the Matron of Honor, her husband, some old lady named Helen and Muriel's deaf-mute uncle. No one knows that Buddy is Seymour's brother and he doesn't tell them for a while but the whole time they are in the car, the Matron of Honor talks about how much she hates Seymour and what a terrible person he is, even though she's never met him. Then they all get stuck in parade traffic and then go to Buddy's apartment to cool off and to call Muriel's parents to tell them that they are going to be late. And yes, that is the basic plot. Other stuff happens, of course, but that's the main jist.

The best part of this story is that it is intermixed with all of Salinger's other works. Most of his stories are about the Glass family, except Catcher, but Buddy has ties to that story as well. I do honestly feel bad for Salinger because all of these other novels/stories get the shaft because nothing that he ever does will compare to Catcher in the Rye. All of his other books are really good though, Franny and Zooey will bore you to tears, but it's still interesting.


*I got bored this morning and didn't feel like reading the second story in this book, Seymour: an Introduction, so I'll read it later and write about it then

Friday, February 4, 2011

A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire
Tennessee Williams

This was the first time I read a play, other than Shakespeare, and liked it. I was hooked the whole time. Blanche, the main female character was overdone, in my opinion, yet I still loved her. The reason I love her is probably because she reminds me a little of Holden Caulfield, but also because in the movie (which I haven't seen yet) Blanche is played by Vivien Leigh who plays Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind (which I am almost done with), so clearly, I'm a fan.

The only character who has any depth is Stanley, Blanche's sister's (Stella) husband. He had some emotion in a way that is interesting to the reader. He yelled and he was always drunk. The whole time I was expecting Stanley and Blanche to hook up. This just shows how desensitized to adultery I am. Just like Blanche reminded me of Holden, Williams' writing reminded me of a Salinger novel. Boring, one setting story where nothing much happens, yet it's still so entertaining and well written.

I'm definitely going to get all of his plays, or the ones that the Shaler Library has at least.