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The Catcher in the Rye
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The Catcher in the Rye

I was wondering, has anyone of you read this book?

My English teacher told us to read this book, claiming that it was "one of the best novels of the 20th and 21st century."

If you haven't read it, it's your choice if you want to or not, but personally, I thought this book was.. Well I don't know how to describe it but it was definitely the worst book I've read in my life.

Imagine this: You take a young guy who's just spent his weekend in New York city around 1950, (which is when the book was written) boozing his ass off, and then you pick some writer, oh I don't know, say J.D Salinger, and "interview" that guy of what has just happened to him, copy it word by word not editing anything, and you get 200 pages of non stop repeating words and a complete feeling of "I couldn't care less about this person."


On the other hand, however, I just finished reading another book called "A spot of bother" by Mark Haddon, and that was really a good book.

Well, so now we have to write a summary of each chapter (from The Catcher in the Rye) and in addition answer questions to each chapter None

Stupid teacher.
03-13-2008 05:48 PM
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Eww. Yuck
we had to read it in school...and i agree with you...the book sucked. How i managed to actually finish that piece of crap i don't know.

It most certainly is NOT the great American novel.
03-14-2008 08:38 AM
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Eh. I dunno. In some respects it is good. But it suffers from a lot of the same problems as On The Road. It's just an assload of rambling without much clear definition to it. Plus Holden's FUBAR mental state contributes to the confusing and convoluted tone.

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03-14-2008 09:01 AM
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Oh come on. A book about a guy who hires a hooker just to talk to her has got to be amazing.

Right? Right?

...I thought it was okay.
03-14-2008 11:20 AM
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Lol. And then gets knocked the fuck out by her pimp. Only to then fantasize about killing the pimp in the elevator in the most dramatic way possible, which he had gotten from the movies, all the while repeating his "I hate movies. They're so phony." mantra.

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hey, it wasnt that bad. but i guess, its not for everyone.

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Thanks for your replies Biggrin

I can understand that there are split meanings about this book, but I think the fact that makes this book very, very annoying is that certain words are repeated about a thousand times throughout the book..

I also just read a review of the book saying that the protagonist is actually having a nervous breakdown from the very start of the book, it maybe would have made it a bit easier to understand if it would at least have been mentioned before, lol.
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Yeah, Holden was fucking all over the place mentally. The symbolism is okay, but I dislike it a bit. A whole fuckton of preaching about the loss of innocence. It's a cornerstone of most of Salinger's books, but it's so damned annoying.

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03-15-2008 07:23 AM
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I read the book. It was okay, but Holden was a dick almost all the time.

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All of you who read it in schoo - fuck yourself and stop telling people it's bad. There's a reason why it's good, the only problem for you is that you've got it assigned. IT WILL SUCK IF it's forced upon you.
I am planning on reading it.
12-04-2012 04:10 PM
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I actually enjoyed it out of all the other books we read, but Holden is still a dick.

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i just watched the south park episode where they make fun of this book since it just got off the banned list...the kids were told it was very risque and kinky (which would make almost anyone think it's gonna be like 50 shades of grey but dumbed down a bit) and the kids got mad that it just had cuss words and decided to make their own book called Scrotie McBoogerballs, and people couldn't even get past the first paragraph of that without puking, but they still loved it...and people even put in all the symbolic meanings off pro-life, conservative, etc.

this is all i have to contribute lol, didn't read cather in the rye

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(12-04-2012 04:10 PM)LiptomaticMate Wrote:  I am planning on reading it.
You haven't read it yet? Well, don't. You'll be doing yourself a huge favor.

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RE: The Catcher in the Rye

On the big list of overrated books this ranks in at number one.

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God, I remember reading the bloody book in sixth grade. Holden is the messiah of every hipster on this planet. Luckily, I got out of that phase, and now see the book as nothing more than a steaming pile of okapi dung.

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