The Catcher In The Rye
ISBN: 0316679283
EAN13: 9780316679282
Language: English
Pages: 0

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   Way overrated!
I just finished this book and I am wondering why it is considered a classic. Is it because Chapman MD had it on him? If the show was about nothing, then this is a book about nothing. There was nothing that happened. There are no major events. Nothing shocking. Nothing unforgettable. It was nil. That's right! The story is about a slacker who gets kicked out of school. That is all. It is annoying that he calls every old person before their name. The use of the word " goddam" every time it is used. He says after almost every statement that it really is. It's annoying. If I want to read a novel about teen angst, I would prefer to read " The Outsiders."
   Reading is fundamental
I think I got a good book. I wanted to read the top 100 dollars in history. I have already read a bunch of books, I thought they were just books, but they are on the list, and I have two more books coming.
   Why is this good?
This is said to be a classic. The boy in the book seems like a maladjusted kid. I gave up about 23 of the way through. I didn't go to the last page because I was hoping it would improve. It wasn't. I'm not sure why this is a classic, but I understand why the author went underground after writing it.
   but OMG I hate it! I'm the type who can't not finish ...
I know it's a classic but I don't like it. I can finish a book or movie even if it's terrible. I need to finish it. It took me 2 years to get through this book. I would set a chapter aside for a long time. When we had some bad weather and I had nothing else to do, I sat and read the last third or so of the book, just to get it over with. When I finished it, I felt sweet relief. Then it was put in a box to be donated.
   Is it bad that I find Holden to be so relatable?
I read this in my senior year of high school, and my daughter read it recently. I still find him to be a very popular character, and I identify strongly with him. My daughter also felt that way. It is somewhat embarrassing to see our thoughts and feelings on paper in black and white for the whole world to read. Most people who have read this book dislike him. Some feel contempt toward him. Those people are as confused as we are by our feelings. What does that mean about me and my daughter? We don't think about it a lot.
   A Sorrow Beyond Dreams
There is a classic American literature. I loved this book when I was a teen. I cried at the end of the book, wishing I could spend more time with the main character. It is still haunting me when I revisit it as an adult. This is a good example of a voice in writing. It feels like the author just sat down and wrote the story straight through. Salinger did not write another full novel. His stories are like extensions. You' ll know what I mean if you fall down the rabbit hole.