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27 March 2009 @ 12:01 am
The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger

So I can pretty much sum up thusly:


Point the first: I can see why people mightn't like this much if it were their first Salinger, but I've read everything else that seems to be available and loved it, so I can forgive Holden for not being as engaging as any of the Glasses.

Point the second: long ago, when my only reading matter consisted mainly of Maeve Binchy, Terry Pratchett and any book with a pink cover, dirtylaugh compared me to Holden. At the time I thought this book was about the Dustbowl in the Depression (THE GRAPES OF WRATH MIGHT HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN A FIELD OF RYE, OKAY) so I wasn't hugely impressed. Now, I would be delighted if anyone else said I was like Holden. Alas, I fear it's far from true.

Point the third: first page - Pencey Prep - FRANKIE.

Women kill me. [...] I just like them, I mean. They're always leaving their goddam bags out in the middle of the aisle.


The part when Jane starts crying and Holden kisses her everywhere, but she won't let him kiss her mouth - that has HAUNTED me ever since. I hope he found her afterwards, or something.

Like, I don't really get this book. disarm_d said it was a 'coming of age' book, and I'm like what? Coming of age means you fail out of school and sneak home and stay in hotels with hookers you fail to have sex with and phone up randomers to go on dates with and take your kid sister to the park? What? I never did any of that! Granted, I don't have a little sister, but still. I guess it just proves that you don't have to understand something to like it.

Also, he excels far more at the short story than at the novel. If these encounters were a set of short stories about different people, it would have worked far better.

I read this a week ago; I'm so lazy about writing these up lately.

Previously, on Book Glomp 2009:
He Knew He Was Right, Anthony Trollope
The Bostonians, Henry James
For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
For Esme - with Love and Squalor, JD Salinger
The Outsider, Albert Camus
The Princess Diaries: Ten out of Ten, Meg Cabot
The Vicar of Bullhampton, Anthony Trollope
Molesworth, Geoffrey Willans
Villette, Charlotte Bronte
The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James
The Way of All Flesh, Samuel Butler
Cecilia, Fanny Burney
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: scarfscoradh on March 31st, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
I think that would be twenty kinds of illegal, but YES.
Blindmouseblindmouse on March 31st, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, lol. Typo of win.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on March 31st, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
You have jwalkianism of the brain. It's okay - terminal, but not fatal. ;D