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FREE PDF ì BOOK The Catcher in the Rye Í J.D. SALINGER ↠ [Reading] ➸ The Catcher in the Rye By J.D. Salinger – 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 secondhaUty 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

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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 sto

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The Catcher in the RyeThe 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 journal entrytoday i am 15 years old everything is all bullshit as usual i can't believe how fucked everything is around me like i'm surrounded by zombies i can't talk to any of my so called friends i can't talk to jamie i can't talk to my parents who would bother listening anyway i cannot wait to leave orange county this place makes me fucking sick everyone is a hypocrite everything is so goddamn bright and shiny and sunny and meaningless FUCK life is so full of crapthere is one good thing in my life though just read this book Catcher in the Rye blown away i don't know how a book written decades ago could say exactly what i would say it is like the author was reading my thoughts and put it all down in this book things i didn't even realize i felt were right there on the page I LOVED IT i think this is my favorite novel of all time which is not saying a whole lot because there is a ton of pretentious bullshit out there and i bet mrs durham will force us to read it all man i hate that bitchjournal entrytoday i am 20 years old life is great as usual just enjoyed my wednesday morning wake and bake session with j p the sun is shining the san diego weather is beautiful and tonight i'm off to rob gregg's to destroy them at bullshit love that game gregg says that joelle will be there yes but she'll probably bring that prick pete with her one of these days i'm going to lose it and kick his ass i'm in a bandfuck you pete i will never spin your recordsall i have on the agenda today is to go to the gym and then off to keracik's american lit class it is not a bad class although it is nowhere close to gender studies with halberstam or davidoff's survey of modern postmodernism last semester now that was a class it blew my mind so many things to think about the reading in american lit has been okay but we've been assigned to read Catcher in the Rye and it is terrible can't believe i ever liked this book caulfield is a whiny little bitch the book has no depth there is literally nothing going on with the narrative style theme characterization it is just one rote cliché after another he thinks he is such a rebel without a cause but in reality he is just another tired representation of rootless stereotypical masculinity and gender essentialism completely inane and without meaning i think my essay will use some acker style postmodernist techniues to show how simplistic this trite classic truly is i'm going to deconstruct the shit out of this novel babyjournal entrytoday i am 25 years old another gray drizzly san francisco morning i wish christopher would wake up i really need to talk to him after all that shit last night notes on my pillow really?? time to grow up dude i will never complete you well actually i'm glad he's still asleep my throat is too sore to get into it right now with him plus Food Not Bombs is happening this morning and i have to get the kitchen ready john is probably hard at work already typical over achieving behavior i bet the wisconsin kids are still crashing on our living room floor it's time for them to leave they've seen The Vindictives at every single Epicenter or Gilman show now and it is time for them to hit the road or learn to take a shower this apartment is not the world's crashpadi woke up early this morning and thumbed through A Catcher in the Rye i remember hating this book in college for some reason probably wasn't po mo enough for me or challenging feh what a pretentious idiot i was this is a beautiful book it changed my life as a kid i'm not sure how i would have survived orange county without it just re reading parts of it brought back all that old angst about all the fucked up shit in the world that kids have to deal with i'm not sure there is another book as