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The Catcher in the Rye
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Posted 12/14/08
I didn't bother reading it in my english class a few months back so I dunno
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a book that was disliked since it was perceived to be bad. people will grow and they should.
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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.




how was it? did you like your life years back ? Will you recommend the book? How many times did you fall? Who picked uyou up?
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I LOVE IT. Lol. :3 It's a nice work of fiction, a bit semi-autobiographical, but a bildungsroman in general.
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Oh, and it's Catcher in the Rye, not "and the Rye".
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Posted 12/14/08
i would read that book if i was really bored. *yawns* great now i need to read it.
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Posted 12/14/08
When I think back on it I feel like the author was kinda ranting about his life because he didn't know what he wanted out of life and where he wanted to go with his life.

I felt bad for him
Posted 12/14/08
It was definitely one of the best book I was forced to read in HS. Its a very profound story and had a very interesting character.
A must read for all children LOL
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Posted 12/14/08
I read the book in highschool or middleschool. Can't really remember exactly when I read it. It was a good book.I think everyone has thoughts like that from time to time. The only difference is that people usually don't write or talk about it. If you think that this book is dry try reading Anna Karenina. I hope I made sense. As I said before it was a while back when I read it. I may have mixed up some of the plot with other novels.
Posted 1/13/11 , edited 1/13/11
it seems mostly everybody has to read it in school...but even so i think it was pretty boring since it mostly some psychological crap of a depressed and pessimist guy
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The book fucking sucked. I can't believe that this whole story took place in one day. The fact that it is a classic is probably the only reason why people are trying to convince themselves this is actually a good book.

It a classic because it marked by it's old age. It doesn't mean it's good. It was popular back then because teens were not a ruthless as they are now. But it doesn't stand a chance in the modern times. That fact that it was popular back then is probably the only thing that's keeping it going. It stupid to brag about how awesome a book is just because "ooooOOoo it's written a few decades ago"

If I were to write a present day version of The Catcher in the Rye people will roll their eyes and tell the main character to deal with it or kill himself. No one would be putting as much effort to understand them as much as they do with holden.

It's the last 100 books for me to read before they die, next to cheap women's fantasy books they sell in Rite AId


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Posted 7/1/11 , edited 7/1/11
I loved that book..only 'cause I'm a loser. herp derp. Read it in freshman year.
Holden Caulfield is what we'd call a super-douche. Yet, it turns out to be so touching in the end..that guy Ackley is disgusting..
Yada yada nobody cares.

Dude, go on sparknotes. That's what I do for all my English projects~
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Posted 7/1/11
I want to read it! I heard wild rumors about this book and I want to verify it...
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Posted 7/2/11
The book made me want to throw it across the room. I always thought the movie "A Clockwork Orange" was loosely based on this book...also wanted to throw the movie across the room. Guess you couldsay I didn't like it too much.
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Posted 7/2/11
I would have called ti Shizu-chan in the Rye. Anyways, haven't read it, can't say.
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