Romance magazines with "lean-jawed guys named David" and "a lot of phony girls named Linda or Marcia" usually set Holden to "puking," although he does sometimes read them on the train. I thought that might explain the way he acted. He did, though, like Holden, flunk out of prep school, and he was also, like Holden, manager of his high school fencing team, in which capacity he really did, according to his daughter, Margaret, once lose the team gear en route to a meet.
Academia, too, presses on. Holden, in effect, is wishing that the world could be inhuman, could be something that it never can be. Frankly I really don't know what all the fuss was about I tried reading it again and it just didn't click the way it did that first time.
Dave, Cambridge The REAL issue is that this, like many other books, has been over analysed, attributed with 'hidden' meanings, compared and judged, and assigned values by a diverse range of people.
I read it in my late 20s and just got very annoyed with Holden. He tries to rub it off the wall, but finds that it is scratched in.
Young, crude, misunderstood, he stands up to conformist pressures, is drawn to innocence, et cetera. Sharon Frances, Glasgow The book really speaks to the confused outsiders that are Holden-like in their thoughts and behaviour. There is significant pressure placed on teenagers as self-assigned role models tell them what they ought to be as opposed to who they might be.
Holden hates everything that pretends to be authentic.
It is now one of my favourite books. D Salinger, uses a lot of symbolism to express this. I also wonder how you feel about authors like Salinger who refuse to interact with their readers.
The artists have sold out — for money or fame or just for applause. I'll always think it was a good book though and it was a relief to think for a moment during adolescence that I wasn't completely alone in my misery. But the title says it all - the core of the book is his daydream about being the catcher in the rye, and saving his young brother.
There is a strong dialogue between the book and the teenage experience - they are mutually shaping. Salinger will not see any celebration. We chose to include it to close Banned Books Week.
Share via Email This article is over 9 years old A New York judge yesterday blocked publication in the US of a book promoted as a sequel to The Catcher in the Rye because it borrows too heavily from JD Salinger's classic tale of teenage angst without providing sufficient critique or parody.
He told us to read the first chapter - but I gulped down - maybe half or more - of the book, can't remember exactly, in one sitting. It was Holden's other experiences and sensitivity that in the end made me really depressed.
It was so nice and peaceful. BooksCatcher In TheJ. I don't know - it just seems to chime. Written today it would be unlikely to even get published. If not, who is today's Holden. It's called "Haircut and other stories". If you want a commentary on the human condition then in Catcher there is no better.
The Catcher in the Rye is available on Amazon. Choices are seldom black or white, with meandering someplace in between.
Hebert, Salinger wrote that he believed the story was a very "novelistic novel" that could not be portrayed in film effectively; since the book is about Holden's thoughts, he cannot be separated from them and still retain the impact of the book.
He drinks, smokes, sees a prostitute, is punched by her pimp, goes on a date, has a strange encounter with a former teacher, spends a fair amount of time in the park, and really does not a great deal else.
I sort of liked it, in a way. On the carousel there is a gold ring. New Essays New York, What cure would you put forward for superficial standards of behavior. Good story-telling is full of the traditional rhetorical devices.
As Holden would have said, they were jerks. Thinking about major themes can be helpful to the reader. However, as readers of any work of fiction (especially with a novel as complex and richly ambiguous as The Catcher in the Rye) we need to be careful not to try to define or dissect too much.
Most interpretations of the novel are debatable. Jan 30, · But in “The Catcher in the Rye” Mr. Salinger applied their lessons in a new way to create a new kind of hero, Holden Caulfield, whose narrative voice struck a chord with millions of readers.
The matter of authenticity and Holden’s quest for authenticity has always been under dispute, and critics differ about the interpretation and meaning of this concept in Catcher in the Rye. In this essay, Holden’s view on and his quest for.