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The Catcher in the Rye

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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 Kicks Japan underground in New York City for three days The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for He Spoke To Me 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 Automated Real Estate Investing 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 Picking Up the Pieces up and writing “fuck you” on your book reviews when you are not looking They really are

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Uty 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 50 stars I LOVE IT when I go into a book with low expectations and it ends up knocking me on my ass Admittedly this is tougher to do with classics but it certainly happened in this case I remember first reading this in school like many of us and not thinking it was anything special However having first read it almost 25 years ago I knew I had to read it again before I could feel justified in actually reviewing it Of course I didn’t hold out much hope that my feelings would change and was expecting a fairly painful reading experiece In fact as I started reading I was already thinking about what my amazingly insightful completely “isn’t it cool to bash on the classics” 1 star review was going to focus on I thought maybe I could bag on the less than spectacular prose used by Salinger making myself feel really smart in the process Or maybe I could take some jabs at the less than exciting narrative pacing and throw in a few references to watching paint dry In the end I thought my most likely avenue for attacking reviewing this anthem of teen angst was that it was utterly yawn inspiringno longer relevant today because of the GLUT of teen angst that the recent generations have been exposed to ad nauseam growing up I mean we live in a time in which teen angst is EVERYWHERE and even has its own sub genre label now You can find it inMUSIC MOVIES AND EVEN THE SHITTY POPULAR LITERATURE OF OUR TIMES Literature is a serious stretch but I must admit that these books do IN FACT fill me with ANGSTSo what happened to all of the preconceived notions I had before I starting reading this book? Instead I found myself completely drawn into the rich nuanced story of Holden Caulfield I found myself empathizing with Caulfield almost from the beginning something I did not expect to do His annoying pseudo rebellious and just don't care exterior were so obviously manufactured and so patently hiding a seriously sad and lost boy that I was transfixed on finding the real Holden Caulfield Despite the book being written in Holden's own words the reader was still able to discern that Holden's surface response to a situation was hiding a much deeper emotional resposne For Salinger to be able to infuse that kind of nuance into the sparse prose of Caulfield’s narrative was nothing short of brilliant in my opinion Caulfied is lazy He is stubborn He is immature He is unfocused He is untruthful He is dangerously short sighted and he is lost in his own world or unrealistic expectations Sounds like that could certainly be a not unsubstantial portion of the male 16 year old population However after reading this book I learned a few other things about Holden that I though were fascinating and that are not as often discussed1 He is desperately lonely he even goes so far as ask his cab drivers to join him for a drink;2 He is generous with his time and his things he writes an essay for his roommate despite being upset with him and even lets him borrow his jacket; 3 He is extremely sensitive and longs for an emotional rather than just a physical commitment he mentions several times his need to “be in love” in order to be physical and his experience with the prostitute certainly bears this out;4 He is intelligent despite being lazy and unfocused Holden displays great insight and intelligence regarding books he has read and displays at the museum; and 5 Despite being unable to process it correctly he is full of compassion and has a deep capacity for love which he shows most notably for his sister this was one of the most powerful parts of the story for me as it was Holden’s desire to avoid hurting Phoebe that keeps him from running away at the end of the book Taking all of the good and the bad together I was left with the feeling that Holden is an adolescent on the cusp of adulthood who is achingly afraid of the loss of his childhood and the responsibility and commitment that he sees as reuired to make it in the “adult” world He is compassionate intelligent and deeply emotional and yet is unable or unwilling to focus that energy on those steps that he sees as leading him away from his “happy memories of childhood” and closer to the “scary world of the adult” I think this is superbly shown in Holden's expressed dream of wanting to being the “Catcher in the Rye” uick side note I had no idea what the title to the book referred to until I just read the book Here is a person so afraid of growing up and so averse to giving into the pain and sadness that he sees as the result of becoming an adult that he wants nothing than to spend his life protecting others from losing the innocence of childhood Big crazy “I want to save the world” dreams are a wonderful part of childhood and it is a shame that such ideas and beliefs are too often destroyed under the barrage of “you really need to grow up” rather than having such dreams transitioned and re focused into daring the improbable within the world of the possible A great and moving reading experience and one that I give my HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION Six Theories of Child Development 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 50 stars I LOVE IT when I go into a book with low expectations and it ends On the Tail of a Comet up knocking me on my ass Admittedly this is tougher to do with classics but it certainly happened in this case I remember first reading this in school like many of The Mysterious Death of Mary Rogers: Sex and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York (Studies in the History of Sexuality) us and not thinking it was anything special However having first read it almost 25 years ago I knew I had to read it again before I could feel justified in actually reviewing it Of course I didn’t hold out much hope that my feelings would change and was expecting a fairly painful reading experiece In fact as I started reading I was already thinking about what my amazingly insightful completely “isn’t it cool to bash on the classics” 1 star review was going to focus on I thought maybe I could bag on the less than spectacular prose The Noise That Is Not You used by Salinger making myself feel really smart in the process Or maybe I could take some jabs at the less than exciting narrative pacing and throw in a few references to watching paint dry In the end I thought my most likely avenue for attacking reviewing this anthem of teen angst was that it was Mastering UI Development with Unity: An in-depth guide to developing engaging user interfaces with Unity 5, Unity 2017, and Unity 2018 (English Edition) eBook: Ashley Godbold: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. utterly yawn inspiringno longer relevant today because of the GLUT of teen angst that the recent generations have been exposed to ad nauseam growing The Making of the Artist in Late Timurid Painting up I mean we live in a time in which teen angst is EVERYWHERE and even has its own sub genre label now You can find it inMUSIC MOVIES AND EVEN THE SHITTY POPULAR LITERATURE OF OUR TIMES Literature is a serious stretch but I must admit that these books do IN FACT fill me with ANGSTSo what happened to all of the preconceived notions I had before I starting reading this book? Instead I found myself completely drawn into the rich nuanced story of Holden Caulfield I found myself empathizing with Caulfield almost from the beginning something I did not expect to do His annoying pseudo rebellious and just don't care exterior were so obviously manufactured and so patently hiding a seriously sad and lost boy that I was transfixed on finding the real Holden Caulfield Despite the book being written in Holden's own words the reader was still able to discern that Holden's surface response to a situation was hiding a much deeper emotional resposne For Salinger to be able to infuse that kind of nuance into the sparse prose of Caulfield’s narrative was nothing short of brilliant in my opinion Caulfied is lazy He is stubborn He is immature He is Coolies unfocused He is The Library Ghost untruthful He is dangerously short sighted and he is lost in his own world or Smell of Resin unrealistic expectations Sounds like that could certainly be a not Driven to Abstraction unsubstantial portion of the male 16 year old population However after reading this book I learned a few other things about Holden that I though were fascinating and that are not as often discussed1 He is desperately lonely he even goes so far as ask his cab drivers to join him for a drink;2 He is generous with his time and his things he writes an essay for his roommate despite being Breakfast upset with him and even lets him borrow his jacket; 3 He is extremely sensitive and longs for an emotional rather than just a physical commitment he mentions several times his need to “be in love” in order to be physical and his experience with the prostitute certainly bears this out;4 He is intelligent despite being lazy and Debt-Free Degrees unfocused Holden displays great insight and intelligence regarding books he has read and displays at the museum; and 5 Despite being Taking the Red Pill unable to process it correctly he is full of compassion and has a deep capacity for love which he shows most notably for his sister this was one of the most powerful parts of the story for me as it was Holden’s desire to avoid hurting Phoebe that keeps him from running away at the end of the book Taking all of the good and the bad together I was left with the feeling that Holden is an adolescent on the cusp of adulthood who is achingly afraid of the loss of his childhood and the responsibility and commitment that he sees as reuired to make it in the “adult” world He is compassionate intelligent and deeply emotional and yet is Taking Talia In Hand unable or The Meek unwilling to focus that energy on those steps that he sees as leading him away from his “happy memories of childhood” and closer to the “scary world of the adult” I think this is superbly shown in Holden's expressed dream of wanting to being the “Catcher in the Rye” Summer at Seaside Cove uick side note I had no idea what the title to the book referred to Fair Weather until I just read the book Here is a person so afraid of growing Batman Eternal up and so averse to giving into the pain and sadness that he sees as the result of becoming an adult that he wants nothing than to spend his life protecting others from losing the innocence of childhood Big crazy “I want to save the world” dreams are a wonderful part of childhood and it is a shame that such ideas and beliefs are too often destroyed Camelot The True Story under the barrage of “you really need to grow Nobody up” rather than having such dreams transitioned and re focused into daring the improbable within the world of the possible A great and moving reading experience and one that I give my HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION

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Can 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 I read the end of The Catcher in the Rye the other day and found myself wanting to take Holden Caulfield by the collar and shake him really really hard and shout at him to grow up I suppose I've understood for some time now that The Catcher in the Rye a favorite of mine when I was sixteen was a favorite precisely because I was sixteen At sixteen I found Holden Caulfield's crisis profoundly moving; I admired his searing indictment of society his acute understanding of human nature his extraordinary sensitivity I mean come on he had a nervous breakdown for God's sake he had to be sensitive At sixteen I wanted to marry Holden Caulfield At forty I want to spank him After all Holden's indictment of society boils down to the insight that everybody is a phony That's the kind of insight a sixteen year old considers deep A forty year old of the grown up variety recognizes Holden's insight as superficial and banal indulging in the cheapest kind of adolescent posturing It suggests a grasp of society and of human nature that's about as complex as an episode of Dawson's Creek Holden and his adolescent peers typically behave as though the fate they have suffered disillusionment and the end of innocence is uniue in human history He can't see beyond the spectacle of his own disillusionment and neither can J D Salinger; for all his painful self consciousness Holden Caulfield is not really self aware He can't see that he himself is a phony Compare Salinger's novel of arrested development for instance with a real bildungsroman Great Expectations Holden Caulfield is an adolescent reflecting on childhood and adolescence; Pip Pirrip is an adult reflecting on childhood and adolescence Holden Caulfield has the tunnel vision of teendom and he depicts events with an immediacy and absorption in the experience that blocks out the broader context the larger view Pip Pirrip has the wonderful double vision of a sensitive adult recollecting the sensitive child he used to be; he conveys at the same time the child's compelling perspective and the adult's thoughtful revision of events While Holden Caulfield litters his narrative with indignant exposes of phonies and frauds Pip Pirrip skillfully concentrates on the spurious coin of his own make that is without letting the child Pip and the adolescent Pip in on the joke he exposes himself as a phony Pip Pirrip grows up Holden Caulfield has a nervous breakdown I suppose the only reason I begrudge him his breakdown is that so many in our culture many unfortunately than just the legitimate adolescents among us seem fixated on Holden as a symbol of honesty and socially liberating rebellion We view nervous collapse and dysfunction as a badge of honor a sign to put it in Caulfieldian terms that we are discerning enough to see through all the crap Our celebration of overwrought disaffection reminds me of the last sentence of Joyce’s Araby “Gazing up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity; and my eyes burned with anguish and anger” Here is the adolescent pose non pareil Eually self accusing and self aggrandizing it captures the adolescent at the precise moment when his own disillusionment becomes the object of his grandiose and self dramatizing vision That’s the kind of crap that Holden Caulfield and J D Salinger cannot see through And it is often the kind of crap that we “adults” like to slosh around in The Barney beating of several years ago is another symptom of our arrested adolescence our inability to ride the wave of disillusion into the relatively calm harbor of adulthood as though flailing around in the storm and raging at the wind were in themselves marks of distinction and a superior sensibility I remember a news story about a woman in a Barney costume being seriously injured when a rabid and probably drunken anti Barney fanatic attacked the big purple dinosaur at some public event Now I don’t know the age of the Barney beater but the act itself is a supremely adolescent one in which the impulsive response to disillusionment is to lash out at those symbols of childhood which made the biggest dupes of us At the dawn of adolescence when Barney begins to appear cloying and false it seems natural to want to beat up on him as though it was Barney himself who pulled one over on us instead of our own poignant and necessary misapprehension of the nature of things I could see Holden Caulfield beating up on Barney at least rhetorically and I could see Holden Caulfield missing Barney as he misses all the “phonies” at the end of the book but I cannot see Holden Caulfield accepting the postlapsarian Barney on new terms as a figure who is meant for children and not for him For all his touching poses about wanting to be the “catcher in the rye” what Holden really wants is not to save children but to be a child again Smugglers Lady 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 I read the end of The Catcher in the Rye the other day and found myself wanting to take Holden Caulfield by the collar and shake him really really hard and shout at him to grow The Wandering Mind up I suppose I've Mind Control Manual understood for some time now that The Catcher in the Rye a favorite of mine when I was sixteen was a favorite precisely because I was sixteen At sixteen I found Holden Caulfield's crisis profoundly moving; 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for all his painful self consciousness Holden Caulfield is not really self aware He can't see that he himself is a phony Compare Salinger's novel of arrested development for instance with a real bildungsroman Great Expectations Holden Caulfield is an adolescent reflecting on childhood and adolescence; Pip Pirrip is an adult reflecting on childhood and adolescence Holden Caulfield has the tunnel vision of teendom and he depicts events with an immediacy and absorption in the experience that blocks out the broader context the larger view Pip Pirrip has the wonderful double vision of a sensitive adult recollecting the sensitive child he Bliss used to be; he conveys at the same time the child's compelling perspective and the adult's thoughtful revision of events While Holden Caulfield litters his narrative with indignant exposes of phonies and frauds Pip Pirrip skillfully concentrates on the spurious coin of his own make that is without letting the child Pip and the adolescent Pip in on the joke he exposes himself as a phony Pip Pirrip grows Freddy the Politician up Holden Caulfield has a nervous breakdown I suppose the only reason I begrudge him his breakdown is that so many in our culture many Linguistic Surveys of Africa unfortunately than just the legitimate adolescents among The Enron Collapse (International Institute for Management Development Case Study IMD164) us seem fixated on Holden as a symbol of honesty and socially liberating rebellion We view nervous collapse and dysfunction as a badge of honor a sign to put it in Caulfieldian terms that we are discerning enough to see through all the crap Our celebration of overwrought disaffection reminds me of the last sentence of Joyce’s Araby “Gazing Blood, Tears, and Champagne up into the darkness I saw myself as a creature driven and derided by vanity; 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