Anytime something great is created, as much praise as it may receive, there will be just as much backlash and people out there to find some reason to...moreAnytime something great is created, as much praise as it may receive, there will be just as much backlash and people out there to find some reason to destroy it. I think this may be one of the reasons why Salinger decided to pull back from the public. That, and he may have been a little nuts. I don't really care if he was though, because he changed the voice of literature and I appreciate the hell out of him.
This is one of those controversial books that people would secretly read when it first was published to find out what all the fuss was about. It has been banned because of the cursing, cussing, sexual innuendos, alcoholism etc. It is also usually required reading in high school. Most people who haven't lived under a rock and read on a regular basis know about this book. And surprisingly after all these years it's still highly debated and controversial.
I'm not saying that people aren't entitled to their opinions when it comes to hating this, but it seems to me that a lot just want to go out of their way and hate it just to hate it.
I don't care if Holden is an angsty, ungrateful, spoiled, smug, whiny, rich boy. He's also very lost, troubled, confused, angry, hurt, unstable and protective of his little sister. He's unsure of his place in the world and keeps everyone at arm's length. Yes, he's a hypocrite in every sense of the word, but isn't everyone? If he was honest with himself as much as he is with the reader he would realize that.
I just can't bring myself to do anything but love this kid. Because as screwed up as he is, he still has a knowing view of the world.
I don't know if I can truly express why this book hit me hard-in a good way. First of all, contrary to what other reviewers may say or think, Doreen i...moreI don't know if I can truly express why this book hit me hard-in a good way. First of all, contrary to what other reviewers may say or think, Doreen is a very authentic character. Hell, I was just like her when I was in middle school. I cussed and cursed just like her, had only one good friend who was male and got a lot of crap for it, hated the world and the phoniness of everybody, especially girls and all the cattiness and girly crap that went along with them (I was very much a tomboy)... and supposed 'adults'. It seems like the type of story that would be way too angst-ridden and overdone. But it's NOT. Not at all. And as much as Doreen seems like a hateful or spiteful brat, she sees the world for exactly how it is and has quite a lot of insightful things bouncing around in her head. She's also pretty witty; I found myself laughing out loud many times while reading this and she doesn't take any shit from anybody which I admire. Again, I was the same way when I was her age. She's actually quite wise beyond her years. Not to say she doesn't have her faults, but she was her own person...which is so RARE these days. Everyone seems to be carbon copies of everyone else. And she points this out numerous times. It's not like she goes out of her way to be different; she's just herself. I also liked the way the book was written like she was a friend of yours sitting in the same room with you telling a story...Maybe I liked it because I could totally relate to her. (less)