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message 1: by Michael (new)

Michael Hey Melanie I would like to ask you if I can put your review in my school newspaper. Please respond to me as soon as possible my email is mbrown3273@gmail.com


message 2: by Bret (last edited Sep 19, 2007 09:58PM) (new)

Bret My favorite book of all time. It's a shame most people don't uncover the hidden beauties in life before growing old and bitter.

I myself can feel the stranglehold of all the suckiness of the world as I grow more aware of all the trap doors set by insensitive human beings.

Back to Catcher...Holden seems like the type of kid who's ready to kick back at people before they try to drag him down. Who's going to take advantage of Holden Caufield? Who's going to lead him in the wrong direction and get away with it?

Outside of our families, most of us learn that you can only rely on yourself. Holden seems to realize this at a very young age. I admire his stance against the 'phoney' adult world. He's ready.

I hope Holden finds more zoos to sustain his happiness because, like you said, we're all trying to find a favorite sanctuary.


message 3: by N (new)

N I adore that coffee analogy.


message 4: by Jay (new)

Jay Kim true.. children doesn't really have choice.. all they need to do is follow their parent's decision but like Holden, if they grew enough, they can think deeply enough and choose what he wants or not. He is mature enough to think that studying is not really necessary in his life and that's why he could give up college.


message 5: by Malyanah (new)

Malyanah You are actually making a very good point on your first paragraph. It is true when the child is growing up, their characters will never be the same as we look back when they were young.
I actually like this book, but i would say, this is not the best book I have ever read in my entire life. It's just an ok book. I gave this book a three stars for making a story about teenage guys, even there is no plot in Salinger's first book.


message 6: by Daniel (new)

Daniel Clausen I think too, one of the things Holden was rebelling against was the hypocrisy of institutions--the way they preach for people to be good, but often reward people for doing the exact things kids are told not to do. Reading your review I'm beginning to wonder if Holden's journey isn't in some ways like the main character in 1984--as adults are we taught to do forms of double think?


message 7: by Jenie (new)

Jenie I love that Holden wants to save kids' innocence. He wants to be a hero. Love the coffee analogy...I still don't like coffee. :)


message 8: by Michael S. (new)

Michael S. Wow! Melanie, you said it all.


message 9: by Sushil (new)

Sushil Nice review. I guess I will read now...


message 10: by Donovan (new)

Donovan About a third of the way through the book and really enjoying it. Hard to believe it was written in the 1940's, as the characters seem so "current". Amazing job at capturing Holden's thoughts and struggles.

Anyway, just read your review and love it. Coffee analogy is fantastic!


message 11: by Cosmic (new)

Cosmic Arcata The Catcher in the Rye is about WW2. It is a story within a story. Holden (which is the name of a car) is just a vehicle to "understand" the WW2. See my review. When you understand that Salinger couldn't say what he knew about this war so he wrote it as a children's book... Just like Felix Salten in Bambi (not the Disney version, which is probably why Salinger didn't get his published.

Salinger tells you this is nit a David Copperfield story. So don't read it like it is about Holden. Hint: look at the first page of David Copperfield to understand "Caiulfields" name.

I hope you will reread it again. This time when you get to the Merry go round play the music Salinger said was playing, and see if that makes sense or if he is using this book to tell you about money, power and war.


message 12: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Cole This is the most insightful review of this book that I have ever read. At last, somebody explains this novel's appeal.


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