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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
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Sep 30, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction
Read on September 29, 2010

I don't get why this is one of the great American novels. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that the love for this book has more to do with capturing the zeitgeist of the time period in which it was written than for the actual writing.

I only finished the whole thing because I was literally trapped in a room for seven hours with nothing else to do.

If you want to read a great book about a teenager having a mental break down read Sylvia Path's The Bell Jar. She explores much the same ideas, but in a more intelligent way. Its clear that her main character has suffered from a mental break down (Holden), but the book takes the whole narrative to a deeper level so that by the time you finish the last page you are left to ponder the definition of "normal" and "sane".

I think Salinger was trying for the same thing, but he just never got there.

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