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«The Outsiders» review

I finished «The Outsiders», from S.E. Hinton.

It’s a book about a group of poor friends of Oklahoma. They are “greasers” and they are proud of that.

The book is narrated by Ponyboy Curtis, a kid that is worried not just about his hair and books, but about the gang fight with the Socs (the upper class kids).

I loved the character, who reminded me of Holden Caulfield, from The Catcher in The Rye (although a poor versión).

The difference between Ponyboy and Holden is that the first one has to worry about the Soc that Jhonny killed and not about being alone in New York.

Other big difference is that Ponyboy was created by a little girl who was the age of Holden. Susan E. Hinton wrote this book when she was 16. That is outstanding.

It’s a book full of symbolism, that shows the true meaning of friendship. Even when it can lead to terrible consequences. The Outsiders tries to demonstrate that, in the end, we are all the same. We all look to the same sunsets.

You should read it.

PS: Sorry for my english, it’s not my first language.

“I have ruined relationships for fear of ruining those relationships.”

– Neil Hilborn

“Never ruin an apology with an excuse.”

– Benjamin Franklin

“Truth usually makes no sense. If your desire is for everything to make perfect sense, then you should take refuge in fiction. In fiction, all threads tie together in a neat bow and everything moves smoothly from one point to the next to the next. In real life, though… nothing makes sense. Bad things happen to good people. The pious die young while the wicked live until old age. War, famine, pestilence, death all occur randomly and senselessly and leave us more often than not scratching our heads and hurling the question ‘why?’ into a void that provides no answers.”

– Peter David, Tigerheart

“The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.”

– H.L. Mencken

“I do not think I have any uncharitable prejudice against the rattlesnake, still, I should not like to be one.”

– Herman Melville

“To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.”

– Federico García Lorca, Blood Wedding and Yerma

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”

– Lois Lowry, The Giver

“If you don’t imagine, nothing ever happens at all.”

–  John Green, Paper Towns

“Make your choice, adventurous Stranger,
Strike the bell and bide the danger,
Or wonder, till it drives you mad,
What would have followed if you had.”

– C.S. Lewis, The Magician’s Nephew