Modernist & Modern classics

The catcher in the rye

“Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around - nobody big, I mean - except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if… Continue reading The catcher in the rye

Modernist & Modern classics

Bonjour tristesse

Despite its title, the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about Françoise Sagan’s novel is a burning sun on the endless golden sand. “Bonjour tristesse” is the book with the most pregnant and memorable atmosphere that I’ve ever read. I can still hear the waves and smell the sea. Parties, gambling,… Continue reading Bonjour tristesse

Modernist & Modern classics

The many, many José Arcadios and Aurelianos

People discovering ice, suffering from insomnia for months, living ghosts (because death is too lonely), rains that don’t stop “for four years, eleven months, and two days”, priests who levitate with the power of chocolate and Ursula who managed to stay alive but not at all times conscious for 150 years (I’m not sure about… Continue reading The many, many José Arcadios and Aurelianos

Modernist & Modern classics

The Great Gatsby – a hidden hero?

Gatsby. A name with a strange, sophisticated yet clean sonority; pronounced as if each letter that comes out of one’s mouth is slowed down by the refined golden coat, rubbed against the lips. Gatsby. The yellow life embedded in a green light that alters the pure gold. Gatsby. Money, dreams, The Roaring 20s, massive, absurd… Continue reading The Great Gatsby – a hidden hero?