Discussion Questions: Nine Stories

February 2, 2010 at 12:10 am 1 comment

Welcome to the first Discussion Questions post of the newly revamped LT Classics Challenge! These questions are meant to guide your reading and to ensure that we’ll all be discussing the same things in Thursday’s post. Feel free to use these questions in your comments.

If you have no idea what I am talking about, please wander on over to the LT Classics Challenge Page. Remember, those who participate in at least one discussion during the Challenge are entered in February’s drawing for a Penguin Clothbound Classic.

Salinger has a distinct style to his writing, the most prominent features of which are abrupt endings and the frequent use of italics. Are these techniques distracting for you, or do you feel as though they enhance the reading experience? What do you think Salinger was trying to accomplish through these techniques?

Salinger had a great deal of respect for Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald as writers. Do you see the influence of these writers in any of these stories specifically? In what ways is Salinger the Fitzgerald of his era?

Which story in this collection was your favorite? Why? (If you didn’t like any of these stories, you can talk about why, or if you feel Salinger’s novel was superior to the stories, you can talk about that too.)

*For “extra credit”, take a look at Salinger’s uncollected stories here and comment on one of them. There are a few Holden Caulfield stories (“Slight Rebellion off Madison” and “I’m Crazy”) that may be intriguing for Catcher in the Rye fan.

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  • 1. Corey  |  February 2, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Go go gadget Classics Challenge! Good luck, participants!

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