Holden Caulfield Is A Literary Descendant of Huck Finn

J. D. Salinger’s Holden Caulfield is a literary descendant of Huck Finn: more educated and sophisticated, the son of affluent New Yorkers, but like Huck a youthful runaway from a world of adult hypocrisy, venality and, to use one of his own favourite words, phoniness. What particularly appals Holden is the eagerness of his peers to adopt that corrupt grownup behaviour.

David Lodge Quotes (Author of Changing Places). (2020). Retrieved 28 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/6570.David_Lodge

Literature Is Mostly About Having Sex

Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children; life’s the other way round.

David Lodge Quotes (Author of Changing Places). (2020). Retrieved 28 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/6570.David_Lodge

To Read Is To Surrender Oneself

To read is to surrender oneself to an endless displacement of curiosity and desire from one sentence to another, from one action to another, from one level of a text to another. The text unveils itself before us, but never allows itself to be possessed; and instead of trying to possess it we should take pleasure in its teasing.

David Lodge Quotes (Author of Changing Places). (2020). Retrieved 28 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/6570.David_Lodge

The Grammar Of Human Problems

I don’t hold with shamans, witch doctors, or psychiatrists. Shakespeare, Tolstoy, or even Dickens, understood more about the human condition than ever occurred to any of you. You overrated bunch of charlatans deal with the grammar of human problems, and the writers I’ve mentioned with the essence.

Mordecai Richler Quotes (Author of Barney’s Version). (2020). Retrieved 27 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/114539.Mordecai_Richler

When A Child Is Born

When a child is born, I once explained to the kids, some dads lay down bottles of wine for them that will mature when they grow up into ungrateful adults. Instead, what you’re going to get from me, as each of you turns sixteen, is a library of the one hundred books that gave me the most pleasure when I was a know-nothing adolescent.

Mordecai Richler Quotes (Author of Barney’s Version). (2020). Retrieved 27 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/114539.Mordecai_Richler

Ignorance And Superstition Gallop Around The Flanks

As science pushes forward, ignorance and superstition gallop around the flanks and bite science in the rear with big dark teeth.

Philip José Farmer Quotes (Author of To Your Scattered Bodies Go). (2020). Retrieved 26 January 2020, from https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/10089.Philip_Jos_Farmer