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The Catcher in the Rye
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I definitely love this book. Holden Caulfield's character in this book was touching and definitely easy for numerous people to relate to.
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The Cather IN the Rye
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n_n303 wrote:

i loved it. I read it for 10th grade english. It was an amazing book, i wanted to hug him.
i found the main character adorable and wanted to go into the book and give him a nudge in asking the girl out, and forcing him to go to school, or atleast talk to someone about his brothers death. so sad


OMG! i did too!
(loved the book anyway)

I own a few copies of it... i try to get people to read more.. and that's one of the books that most troubled teens seem to enjoy reading... because they can relate to the main character, since he's so fucked up mentally..

It's a great book.

Sorry threadmaker... i'd be willing to bet you that there are not many people from other countries who've read it.
Since it's an American Classic and it shows the worst part of human nature... that's like asking A German Jew to read Meine Kampf


Edit to below: Yeah same here, i've read it many times.
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It was better than I expected haha
Funny :3 Good story. Showing I guess the "evils" of American teen culture? But in a good, interesting way.
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Posted 3/5/08
I really liked the book. Despite the overall depression in it and the fact that the main character was really unlikable, its a good read.
Posted 3/5/08
Eh yo man dat books Emo!!
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alex-vii wrote:

Eh yo man dat books Emo!!


no way man hes just realy sensitive.
Posted 3/5/08
the book from "We Didn't Start the Fire," by Billy Joel...
Posted 3/5/08
It was the first book I read when I entered highschool. I first read it while still struggling with my grasp of english, and back then I thought the book was well written although I remember that I disliked the book intensely because at that point in life, I couldn't understand nor relate to the portagonist at all seeing as I was not either male, white, nor privaleged.

I still remember however that Holden's rebelliousness always rang false to me, and it still does, even to this day. His so-called rebellion (for it never really was a rebellion in any sort of truly meaningful way) was nothing but posturing, a byproduct of ennui and an privaleged life. After all, only the privaleged have the luxury to delude themselves into believing in the idea of the beautiful and pastoral life. Only the privaleged could ever believe that living such a life is ever that simple or that easy and only the young and foolishly privaleged could ever imagine that sort of life as being an escape from the discontent of an privaleged life.

I re-read the book in what I believe was my sophmore year of college and I came to appreciate the book for what it is but I admit that my feelings for the book will always be colored by the feelings of my younger self. I still recall distinctly how much I disliked it in highschool, mostly because I was not then, generous of spirit nor open-minded enough to accept the book for what it was. Looking back, my dislike of the book was probably because for me, reading it back then forcefully caused what could be called a paradigm shift in my way of seeing the world. Back then, the book made me feel insecure because I wasn't quite ready yet to accept a world beyond my self. Now however I can say that the book opened up a whole new landscape for me (and I do specifically mean landscape here and not world). I'd have to say that it was probably the first book I ever read that forced me to attempt to view the world I lived in from a different and what was then, very alien perspective.

Although the book still leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, when people ask me, I can now tell them that for me, my first time reading "The Catcher in the Rye" was like learning how to use a camera for the very first time. Change the lighting, the aperature, and the angle and the landscape I once knew and understood somehow takes on different meanings and nuances. Of course, had I grown up in the U.S. and not grown up in a third world country and in poverty (which is how I lived my younger years up until and even into highschool) I might have understood the book as a reflection of my own mild discontent.

Edit: Anyways, for me, Holden will always represent the desire to live free of a society hemmed in by ethics, morality, and tradition. Unfortunately, he's also come to represent the inability to break free of society, hemmed in as we are by the inherently social nature of human beings. If anything, this is something that anyone, no matter what country or culture they come from, can understand.

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Posted 3/5/08
iv read it b4 aparantly here in australia u have to do it for senior year of high school, but iv already read it. but it was a long time ago so ican't remember nuthin, just that i think the books protagonist actualy wanted to save everyone or some shit like that, which is reflected in the name yah know "catcher in the rye" i think its supose to be rference to baseball or something but he wants to be the guy that catches people.
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30 / M / Philippines
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Posted 3/5/08
it was an eye-opener
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Posted 3/6/08
isn't the book called catcher IN the rye? not and...
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26 / M / Somewhere...
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Posted 3/6/08
Basically, its all about Holden...
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Posted 6/13/08
heh i did a project on it too, a 38 page prequel :p
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