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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
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Apr 16, 10

bookshelves: i-will-reread, classic
Recommended for: People who like reading literature
I own a copy

** spoiler alert ** I still can't fathom the hype. I mean Catcher in the Rye is not the worst novel I have ever read, but come on...there are way better novels written in the Twentieth Century, and way better novels to include on a high school curriculum.
It is so prepubescent. And the way it has been received positively and negatively? ZOMG BEST BOOK EVER...HOLDEN CAULFIELD IS ME!!!; Oh no, he masturbated! I think there's something deep-seeded and weird in the American psyche to a) first get all bent out of shape because of the content of this novel, and b) continually go back and re-read and revisit this novel, like a guilty pleasure or a taboo topic.
I think one of the reasons for this novel's duration is that it has historically been for many people (especially the boys) their one and only encounter with reading literature, and they can relate because there's jerking off, and that's' sorta kinda awkward to read and talk about, especially in a classroom setting (in front of the teacher!) and this has created a lasting impression.
And to think: the shooting of John Lennon has been attributed to this novel? That's creepy and a downright crying shame.
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Julie R Hmmm, I disagree....I didn't even remember the parts about masturbating and I have read it at least 4 times. I think the author really struck a chord with teens because the story is about a young man who doesn't know who he is or what he wants. It's about being lost while knowing there aren't really any answers. I totally related to that and actually still do. It really is timeless in that sense.


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Sean Teej, I have to agree with you on this one. When I was working at Chapters, they let us grab a free book one night. I picked up Catcher in the Rye because I remembered liking it...

Man, what a let down. The heavy coming-of-age (pun) feel of it made it very lame. At fourteen, I thought it was great. However, I also thought socks and sandals were kickass...


Tee Jay Sean wrote: "Teej, I have to agree with you on this one. When I was working at Chapters, they let us grab a free book one night. I picked up Catcher in the Rye because I remembered liking it...

Man, what a l..."

Lol, yeah, socks and sandals were kick ass! I was (un?)fortunate enough not to have read this novel in high school, so I don't have any adolescent memories of it.
I didn't know you worked at Chapters. I did too. Too cool!
Being able to borrow the merchandise was definitely a perk.


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