The Classics Club Spin #16 Result aka How Could You Do This to Me????

“Infamy! Infamy! They’ve all got it in for me!”

What did I say, huh? Did I fail to make myself clear or what??? I quote myself:

“…not Sons and Lovers. Or The Catcher in the Rye. (What was I thinking when I put them on my list? Why didn’t you stop me???)”

Seems clear enough to me! So why, then… WHY, THEN… did The Classics Club pick no. 4????

The Blurb says: The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it. There are many voices in this novel: children’s voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden’s voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.

J.D. Salinger’s classic novel of teenage angst and rebellion was first published in 1951. The novel was included on Time‘s 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923. It was named by Modern Library and its readers as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. It has been frequently challenged in the court for its liberal use of profanity and portrayal of sexuality and in the 1950’s and 60’s it was the novel that every teenage boy wants to read.

FictionFan says: Pah!!!


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Hope you had a good spin! 😀

56 thoughts on “The Classics Club Spin #16 Result aka How Could You Do This to Me????

  1. This ought to be…interesting, FictionFan. I’m sure you’ll have a…singular experience. Yes, I think that’s the word…


  2. You are so funny. Your post made me realize that I forgot to check to see what the spin number was. #4. That means I got Letters from Egypt by Lucie Duff-Gordon. I think you might like A Catcher in the Rye, though. It’s the ultimate young adult novel.


  3. Haha, what luck!! I actually loved The Catcher in the Rye…. granted, I read it when I was 15, so I found it very #relatable. Maybe I’d have a different experience if I read it as an adult.


    • Haha – well, that’s encouraging, sorta! I suspect I might have liked it when I was 15 too – somehow my tolerance for “liberal use of profanity and portrayal of sexuality” seems to decrease with each passing year. Oh no! I’ve turned into my grandmother!! 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷

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      • Haha! To be fair I don’t actually think it’s very explicit… not compared to a lot of contemporary novels anyway. It was probably shocking for its time but hopefully you’ll find it rather tame!


    • Oh, well that is good to hear! I keep telling myself it must be a classic for a reason, and anyway I feel it’s one of those books I *ought* to have read, so at least this has given me the push I needed.


  4. The best thing, in my opinion, about this book is hating the main character, he needs a good shake! It’s quick and will make you glad you’re no longer a teenager. I had forgotten to check until I saw your post I got The Well of Loneliness which I’ve been meaning to read forever so I’m happy with that choice.


    • Haha – I hate him already and I haven’t even got the book yet! ‘Quick’ is the magic word, though, so that cheers me up. 🤣And it’s good to know it’ll make me glad to be… ahem… mature! 😉 I’m ashamed to admit I’d never heard of The Well of Loneliness but looking at the blurb it sounds as if it’ll be fascinating – hope you enjoy it!

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  5. This is too funny. I wasn’t thrilled with my pick either (1984) but I’m coming round a bit. I did like Catcher in the Rye when I was an angsty teen, but not sure what it would be like to read as an adult. Hopefully you’ll like it more than you think!


    • I read 1984 before I started reviewing, but I do hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It does ring a lot of bells over what’s happening in the world right now, but there’s also a really poignant love story in it which makes it very human and quite moving in places. Haha – I wish I’d read Catcher in my teens and I wouldn’t feel obliged to read it now! On the upside, it can’t possibly be as bad as I’m expecting… can it??? 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷


  6. Luck is all I can say…as I sit back nice and easy as I take a lovely stroll through country England with my Provincial Lady and her humorous diary 😀


  7. What you need is John Crace’s Digested Read of Catcher in the Rye (online Guardian 2009).
    There you are – Job Done 🙂


    • Hahaha – oooh, how brilliant! I’m going to read the book first in case of spoilers, but I shall read that when I finish… or when I throw the book at the wall and start screaming, whichever comes first! Thank you! 😉


  8. I feel so bad for laughing, but I look forward to your review! I tried giving this book a second chance, but didn’t get far. It has been sitting on the end table by the couch for at least six months and I’ve started setting drinks on it. Even though I have the cheap paperback version, the cover isn’t warped or stained in the least. It’s a nice little coaster and goes well with the book “theme” in the room. 😀


    • Grrrrrrr!! 😖😡

      Hahaha – well, it just arrived today and I must say the cover is lovely, so perhaps I should frame it and turn it into a wall-hanging instead of actually reading it. But won’t it be dreadful after all this if it turns out I actually like it??? Unlikely though… 😉

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    • It’s tragic – and why are Amazon so efficient?? It arrived this morning – couldn’t they have lost my order?? I’m running out of possible excuses…

      Thank you! *grabs a handful of Quality Street desperately*

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