J. D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

What a wonderful book! I mean it. Holden Caulfield now holds a dear place in my heart. Next to Ishmael, from Moby Dick, Holden Caulfield has become one of my most beloved male characters in all of literature. I found the beginning of the book is a bit annoying, I confess, but as his narrative unfolds I began to identify with those feelings of solitude, of not knowing your place in the world. It brought up memories of my own adolescence. He was stuck halfway between being a child and an adult and sort of tumbled through those days following his expulsion. I remember days like those when all those new emotions and experiences felt overwhelming and you felt the urge to give in to something as childish as bursting into tears when you found that you weren’t quite ready to tackle the adult world, but did not feel quite like a child any longer; and thinking that everyone in the world was a phony and being aware of my own phoniness. Read more…

2012 Reading Challenge

2012 Reading Challenge
Vivian has read 23 books toward her goal of 100 books.
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