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 Post subject: Book of the Month - The Catcher in the Rye
PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:30 pm 
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No spoilers until after the 15th.

I agree with Tucker. This book was certainly ahead of it's time.

After the first few godd*m's, I immediately understood why I was never assigned this read in my southern prep school. Pity. I would have found a friend in Holden.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 11:50 pm 
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I finally started into my library copy this afternoon. I read the book my senior year of high school (2002), and I can't believe I've waited this long to read it again. Feels like sitting down with an old friend.

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Just started my library copy. Had to forage in "Young Adults."

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^ I must have misread.

By what date should we have the book finished?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 3:13 pm 
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Okay, I am reading it, and finding it exceptionally tedious. But in the interests of solidarity I will soldier on.

(Gack.)

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 9:20 pm 
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^I got about half way through and sort of fizzled out. I'll give it another shot before bed tonight. I'm not going to have to write a paper on this thing am I?

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 Post subject: Re:Book of the Month - The Catcher in the Rye
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Awe, c'mon guys.

While it's nothing that will blow the mind, I finding it to be an enjoyable read.


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 Post subject: Re:Book of the Month - The Catcher in the Rye
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It took a while but now I'm starting to get into it.

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I'm about 70 pages into it so far, and enjoying it.

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Done. What do we do now?

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 Post subject: Re:Book of the Month - The Catcher in the Rye
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Peer reviewed reaction essays? :P


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 Post subject: Re:Book of the Month - The Catcher in the Rye
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Well, I will get it started:

1. It took me a while to get going with the story. Holden's voice reminded me of the wretched little creeps I went to high school with. (A public school, but in a tony Washington suburb.) Also some of the nitwits I went to college with.

2. Once I got the hang of Holden's idioms the tale started to work for me. His narrative is so snarky and depressed, it felt like working at the rehab again. Wait, is that a good thing?

3. It wasn't until I got to the "F You" graffiti and the attempted molestation that I finally twigged as to why "Catcher" has been the subject of controversy in the past, although compared to the average film, novel or pop song today the book is positively sepulchral.

4. I wonder how many essays have been written plumbing the depths of the symbolism of the horses? And how have I been lucky enough to escape having to read them?

5. Was Holden's hounds tooth jacket a 3/2 sack? Did his roommate ruin the natural shoulders?

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 Post subject: Re:Book of the Month - The Catcher in the Rye
PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 9:40 pm 
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I find it hard to be objective about this book. I read it in 9th or 10th grade and it got right in amongst me. I've read it a good dozen times since then and am always moved by it. I like all of Salinger's stuff, though the style (if not the content) of Catcher is much different from the others.

I like how the novel describes both Holden's scorn for the adult world and his own complicity in it. This is a particularly 20th century/baby boomer phenomenon.

FWIW you may remember some fairly large scale survey of "successful people" came out 5-8 years ago and something like 75% of all surveyed named Catcher as their favorite book. It evidently caught some vibe for others as it did with me.

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 Post subject: Re:Book of the Month - The Catcher in the Rye
PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 10:26 pm 
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I read this book for the first time earlier this year. For some reason it was never a required book in high school, and I was looking for a book to read, so I figured I'd give it a chance.

While I didn't necessarily dislike the book, there was never really any point at which I actually liked Holden as a character. I found him annoying and completely unlikeable. Obviously I understand that Salinger intended for Holden to be hypocritical in the way that he described everyone and everything else as "phony" while he, himself, was the phoniest of all. Still, I didn't like him and I didn't really care if things turned out well for him or not.

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 Post subject: Re:Book of the Month - The Catcher in the Rye
PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:19 am 
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^ Interesting take. For people of my generation, Holden was a sympathetic character. At base, this is just a loss of innocence story. I'm genuinely sorry to hear that so many others are turned off by him/the book.


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