Jason's review of The Catcher in the Rye
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May 25, 2008 04:23pm
i am a college student and, having just re-read catcher since finals are over, i felt similarly about the book. i loved the book all the more for it, and although i felt so much compassion for holden and i understood his feeling of being misunderstood, the high-school pitch of there being some more deep and profound truth just means that i didn't completely understand the book in the first place...
May 12, 2009 06:50pm
I enjoyed your review. However, I have a small arguement with the following phrase.
I was expecting it to not only be a good Young Adult novel (which it admittedly is) but also something that was going to reveal some sort of transcendent truth about the world to me as a fully-grown adult.
I took from it that as adults, we inhabit a world of grown up Holden Caufields. Maybe more polished, a bit more adjusted. But beneath the surface, Holden lurks within.
Jun 17, 2010 05:21pm
"it is demonstrably the very first book in history to establish the "confessional young adult" genre"
What about Great Expectations or Of Human Bondage? Granted, they do have a much wider range age-wise pertaining to the characters, yet they definitely have some sort of a confessional quality contained within, and I feel that they pursue their explanations with much more depth and insight than Salinger did. He should have stuck with the short stories, he was really good at those. Leave the novels to people who are good at character development, in my opinion.
Obviously, this is just my opinion, think whatever you want.
Feb 22, 2012 07:10pm
That was an excellent execution of a review. Could we open conversation for you to review my novel? Even if you hated it, I get the feeling you'd hate it with some class.
Jul 10, 2012 10:50am
You missed the point by not talking about Allie. This is not about adolescent angst, it's about loss and depression. Holden is a profoundly depressed young man who had not grieved for his brother. When Allie died, Holden was psychiatrically hospitalized. Then he went thru this long period of getting kicked out of schools due to his lack of motivation, culminating in this second breakdown chronicled in the book.
Jan 03, 2013 08:47am
"My God -- JD Salinger is basically Judy Blume with more cursing." (Or to be completely fair, I guess that should be worded -- "My God, Judy Blume is basically JD Salinger with Jews and menstruation." Hahah this made me laugh,mind if I use it? (still quietly chuckling)
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