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eBook ´ The Catcher in the Rye ç 277 pages ì [PDF / Epub] ❤ The Catcher in the Rye ✅ J.D. Salinger – The hero narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult secondhand descrCan handle it to keep JD Salinger's classic novel of teenage angst and rebellion was first published in 1951 The novel was included on Time's 2005 list of the 100 best English language novels written since 1923 It was named by Modern Library and its readers as one of the 100 best English language novels of the 20th century It has been freuently challenged in the court for its liberal use of profanity and portrayal of sexuality and in the 1950's and 60's it was the novel that every teenage boy wants to read Sometimes truth isn't just stranger than fiction it's also interesting and better plotted Salinger helped to pioneer a genre where fiction was deliberately less remarkable than reality His protagonist says little does little and thinks little and yet Salinger doesn't string Holden up as a satire of deluded self obsessives he is rather the epic archetype of the boring yet self important depressiveI've taken the subway and had prolonged conversations on the street with prostitutes not concerning business matters and I can attest that Salinger's depiction is often accurate to what it feels like to go through an average unremarkable day However reading about an average day is no interesting than living oneBeyond that Salinger doesn't have the imagination to paint people as strangely as they really are Chekhov's 'normal' little people seem real and alive than Salinger's because Chekhov injects a little oddness a little madness into each one Real people are almost never uite as boring as modernist depictions because everyone has at least some ability to surprise youSalinger's world is desaturated Emotions and moments seep into one another indistinct as the memories of a drunken party Little importance is granted to events or thoughts but simply pass by each duly tallied by an author in the role of court reporterWhat is interesting about this book is not that it is realistically bland but that it is artificially bland Yet as ridiculous a concept as that is it still takes itself entirely in earnest never acknowledging the humor of its own blase hyperboleThis allows the book to draw legions of fans from all of the ridiculously dull people who take themselves as seriously as Holden takes himself They read it not as a parody of bland egotism but a celebration poised to inspire all the bland egotists who have resulted from the New Egalitarianism in Art Poetry Music and AcademiaThose same folks who treat rationality and intellectual fervor like a fashion to be followed imagining that the only thing reuired to be brilliant is to mimic the appearance and mannerisms of the brilliant; as if black berets were the cause of poetic inspiration and not merely a symptomOne benefit of this is that one can generally sniff out pompous faux intellectuals by the sign that they hold up Holden as a sort of messianic figure Anyone who marks out Holden as a role model is either a deluded teen with an inflated sense of entitlement or is trying to relive the days when they wereBut what is interesting is that those who idolize Holden tend to be those who most misunderstand him Upon close inspection he's not depressive not consumed with ennui or an existential crisis he's actually suffering from 'Shell Shock' now known as 'Post Traumatic Stress Disorder'The way he thinks about his brother's and classmate's deaths going over the details again and again in his mind but with no emotional connection it's not symptomatic of depression but of psychological trauma He is stuck in a cycle unable to process events going over them again and again but never able to return to normalcyIt takes a certain kind of self centered prick to look at someone's inability to cope with the reality of death and think Hey that's just like my mild depression over how my parents won't buy me a newer ipod It's not an unusual stance in American literature there's an arrogant detachment in American thought which has become less and less pertinent as the world grows and changes As recently as The Road we have American authors comparing a difficult father son relationship to the pain and turmoil of an African civil war survivor and winning awards for displaying their insensitive arrogancePerhaps it's time we woke up and realized that the well fed despondence of the white man should not be euated with a lifetime of death starvation war and traumas both physical and emotional And as for Salinger a real sufferer of Post Traumatic Stress who was one of the first soldiers to see a concentration camp who described how you can never forget the smell of burning flesh I can only imagine how he felt when people read his story of a man crippled by the thought of death and thought to themselves Yes that's just what it's like to be a trustafarian with uncool parents No wonder he became a recluse and stopped publishing

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The hero narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult secondhand description he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to bea I was worried as hell about reading this book again The last time I read it was about a thousand years ago when I was just a kid I was lousy with angst just like good old Holden back then I really was Now that I’m a crummy old guy I figured that I wouldn’t like it any That’s the one thing about crummy old guys they always hate books that kids like Every time I reread a corny book that I really liked when I was a kid it makes me want to give the writer a buzz and ask what the hell is going on It’s like they are trying to give you the time in the back of a cab when you don’t feel like getting the time at all It’s damn depressing I swear to God it is If you want to know the truth you probably couldn’t even talk to a phony writer on the phone You would just end up talking to his butler or some snobbish person like that and asking if they would give the writer your message He probably wouldn’t even do it The thing with guys like that is that they will never give writers your messages That’s something that annoys the hell out of me Turns out this is still a damn good book Salinger kid is a great writer He really is Maybe I’m still just an angst ridden sonuvabitch but this part kills me“All the kids kept trying to grab for the gold ring and so was old Phoebe and I was sort of afraid she’d fall off the goddam horse but I didn’t say anything or do anything The thing with kids is if they want to grab for the gold ring you have to let them do it and not say anything If they fall off they fall off but it’s bad if you say anything to them”p211I’ll bet everyone is going to think that I’m just horsin’ around or trying to be all sexy talking like this The reason for this corny review is because a thousand other people have already written reviews for this book and I’ll bet that they have already said everything that I want to say It’s pretty depressing It really is That’s about all that I’m going to talk about Now I just hope that no one writes “fuck you” on this review That’s the thing with some people they are always sneaking up and writing “fuck you” on your book reviews when you are not looking They really are

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The Catcher in the RyeUty but almost hopelessly impaled on it There are many voices in this novel children's voices adult voices underground voices but Holden's voice is the most elouent of all Transcending his own vernacular yet remaining marvelously faithful to it he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure However like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders he keeps most of the pain to and for himself The pleasure he gives away or sets aside with all his heart It is there for the reader who My theory as to this book's unusually polarizing nature either you identify with Holden Caulfield or you don'tThose who see themselves either as they were or God help them as they are in Holden see a misunderstood warrior poet fighting the good fight against a hypocritical and unfeeling world; they see in Salinger a genius because he gets it and he gets themThose of us who don't relate to Holden see in him a self absorbed whiner and in Salinger a one trick pony who lucked into performing his trick at a time when some large fraction of America happened to be in the right collective frame of mind to perceive this boring twaddle as subversive and meaningful