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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
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Aug 01, 07

bookshelves: old-timey-classics
Recommended for: hrmm....not quite sure yet.
Read in July, 2007

I'm not terribly impressed by Holden Caulfield. I mean, Salinger created a great character, but I kept waiting for something interesting to happen to him, and I was three-quarters of the way through the book before I realized that nothing interesting was ever going to happen to him, ever. Not a terrible book by any means, but not one of my favorites either. It was entertaining reading at best.
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Eric If it's possible for a book to be both a milestone and overrated, this would be one. I think the language an apathy of the character were shocking when this was first written, and Holden Caulfield was the template for all future "anti-heroes" in literature and film.

On the other hand, the fact that nothing extraordinary happens to Holden is probably meant to exemplify the basis for his nihilism.


Joanna I could see how he could be shocking for the times. We're so much more jaded now! I guess I just don't really see why it's a favorite of so many people. I expected so much more from it.


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