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message 1: by Marissa. (new)

Marissa. I couldn't agree more.
What was also very touching was how Phoebe asked him what he wants to be when he grows up, and he responded that he wants to be 'The catcher in the rye'.
i told all of my friends to read it. All of them. All of them, that is, who would care.
nice review. dead on.

message 2: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Catcher in the Rye is a wonderful book--Salinger's signature piece if you ask me. It is not a book about everyman or in this case, every teen. Holden is not a caricature but a character--one that many identify with. Taught in high school as a book where Holden was every teen--which I found dull. I re-read it in college and learned the meaning that most appealed to me. Holden is a character--a troubled character and a fascinating one.

I once read some of Salinger's unpublished stories. Very different from Catcher in the Rye and only a little similar to Frankie & Zoey (sp?), these stories were fascinating.

One of the great American writers, Salinger is often ignored. I think that is a shame.

message 3: by Preb (new)

Preb Knudsen Excellent review! Thank you. I've recently started a blog where I was asked about my favourite books. My immediate first choice was Catcher. I read it at just the right age. 16! And was amazed that somebody felt like I did. Working out if people, and oneself, might be genuine, or not. I'm Danish, so read it in my own language. The publisher gave it 'Forbandede ungdom' as a title. Approximately: Youth Be Damned (the tone is to hell with youth!). Way off the Catcher symbolism, but okay. I very much liked your ref to symbols. Brilliant! Never thought of that, but you're so right. I write a bit myself. Novels and stories. Salinger's 9 Stories is a collection I return to now and then - when I want to remember how it can be done. Thanks.

message 4: by Kassandra (new)

Kassandra Roque I'm in the middle of reading "someday this pain will be useful to you" and it is compaired to "catcher in th rye" i do have to say this has to be a wonderful review. And i plan on reading it next. :)

message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

I started reading this book the first weekend after my school let out. Between sports and summertime activities, I very nearly forgot about the assignment. My mom had returned it before Id even gotten through the first few pages. Then about a week ago, I checked out the book. I only started reading it yesterday. Im done with the book now. Id never thought I wouldnt finish. But I very much wish that I would have read this book earlier and had time to reread it and reread it over and over ! At first I realy detested the Holden character. I didnt like his way of thinking. I am very social so if youre familiar withthis character you would see why I had a dislike for his thoughts. But when I continued the book a whole summer later, I realized that in many ways Holden is much more advanced than myself. Though I didnt understand him before, and still do not completely agree with what he believes, I fully respect his opinions. He is not ignorant or uncaring as I xid think before. He is a character I would even enjoy meeting. I did some research because I loved the book so well. I realized that the author is very much portrayed in the masterpiece.
I loved this book and its helped me mature in some ways also. If you enjoy Character Changing fiction novels YOUVE GOTTA READ THIS (:

message 6: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Great review!

message 7: by Laurence (new)

Laurence Mputu I couldn't have described the book better , 7* :) Thanks

message 8: by Sofie (new)

Sofie Jukelson Amazing review! Great parallel with author's life! Your comments give a whole new depth to the book. Thank you!

message 9: by Milana (new)

Milana I agree on these every word. I saw Holden developed his personality through the whole book. He was honest, firstly to himself. He was different from teens of his age. As usually teens (especially our-days) pursuing to be"phony", and he didn't want to, and didn't even like. Love it.

message 10: by Dale (new)

Dale "Despite Holden being a sixteen year old teenage boy he acts much older than his age."
I'm sorry, but how?
He's pretentious and cynical; neither traits that I would desire for the model citizen.

message 11: by Trent (new)

Trent Norris I totally agree with what you said. Salinger clearly wrote and developed the character of Holden Caulfield in his own image and through Holden's lenses. I found it to be very interesting how Holden's character developed throughout the book to be more understanding of people and accept them.

message 12: 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 13: by Chinmay (new)

Chinmay Sahoo Agree on most points. Spot on! And a brilliant review, forcing me to follow your reviews!
I think Eliot had said something regarding life: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.

message 14: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Manuel Thank you for a great review.

message 15: by Elo (new)

Elo Ikpa Good!!!!

message 16: by Briny (new)

Briny I have a question. you describe Holden as a teller of what is real, and yet he lies constantly during the book. How do you reconcile this with his hatred for all that he sees as phony?

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