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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger

Summary: How do you describe Catcher in the Rye? It is about a boy named Holden Caulfield who you could say has some issues with life and people and especially himself. He just doesn't pay attention to himself that much. He doesn't know what he wants in life and is trying find his path.

My Thoughts: In the beginning, I admit I did not like Holden Caulfield. I felt I couldn't relate to him. After the first 15 chapters that changed. I realized that, boy oh boy, I am way too much like Holden Caulfield. So much that I almost want to post a list of how we are alike, but that is not the point of reviews and I doubt it would be interesting reading. There are few eye-opening moments in Catcher in the Rye. The line that most sticks in my head is this, " The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one." I will be honest, lines don't really stick in my head and this one doesn't either, but its meaning does.
I can understand why this book is a classic. There is so much that I don't think I fully grasp everything yet; it is one of those books I think should be reread every so often. I wouldn't have read this book if not for Nerdfighters' Blurbing Book Club, so I thank author John Green for picking it. 4.5 Stars

About the author
: Now a days, J.D. Salinger is very reclusive and stays out of the media. I think the reasons are for fame of this book. He has only written a few books and has not published anything since 1965.


Suey said...

Nice review! I just did a very similiar one... and I found it interesting that we both were "pushed" to finally read this book because of John Green. What cool dude.

Matt said...

Now this reminds me that I have to re-read the book. I don't remember much of it. It's story of a young man who is looking for that place in life.