THE CATCHER IN THE RYE, and other works by J.D. Salinger

Discussion in 'Fiction' started by The Penis, May 28, 2004.

  1. The Penis

    The Penis Member

    THE CATCHER IN THE RYE, and other works by J.D. Salinger


    Anyone read CITR? I thought it was a brilliant book. The best books and films create characters that will live forever. HOLDEN CAULFIELD for life!

    J.D.'s short stories vary quite a bit. "Uncle Wiggily In Connecticut" I loved, but others didn't make any sense to me.

    thoughts?
     
  2. SvgGrdnBeauty

    SvgGrdnBeauty only connect

    I didn't like Catcher In the Rye...I just couldn't connect with Holden...I thought he was annoying...

    ...but then again I don't like teenage themed novels...so that might be part of it too...but he was too immature...and if he said "phony" one more time I was going to sock him one...
     
  3. Tradere

    Tradere Member

    I love Catcher in the Rye...Holden Caufield is one of my all time favorites...I sometimes use him as an alias.

    " If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth."
     
  4. DejaVoo

    DejaVoo stardust

    I was just going to make a post about the Catcher in the Rye! A long time ago, i've heard of this book, but I actualy read it a couple months ago. I think it was really good, and I got drawn into it from the first page. It isn't really about ANYTHING, but I just like how he tells it like it is. He's kind of crazy! And i was imagining Holden Caulfied looking like James Dean in my mind through-out the story, and james dean is so hott :D And its weird, because in the book, he is pretty much sick of people and he is usualy talking bad about people. And it made me like, feel isolated from people and made me want to exclude people from my life. And he usualy has a bad opinon about everything, and it made me feel that way too during the time I was reading the book. The book kind of depressed me, but after I was done reading it, after a while, I felt normal again. Kind of weird! But it's a really good book! It's addicting!
     
  5. Spyder

    Spyder La dah de dah




    that was pretty much the point tho, he was young and annoying!
     
  6. Sage-Phoenix

    Sage-Phoenix Imagine

    Yeah good point :)

    I quite liked CITR though. It had a lot of depth and you can see his point about the fakeness of people. His sister Phoebe was very sweet.

    I have a copy of Nine stories too. Most don't make a lot of sense but maybe that's the point. They are very well written.

    TTFN

    Sage
     
  7. didge

    didge Member

    i plan on makin a movie based on that book someday!
     
  8. Ellis

    Ellis Member

    I loved Catcher In The Rye!!
     
  9. Llama

    Llama Member

    I love Catcher in the Rye. I Just finished it a couple days ago. I can't wait to read more by J.D. Salinger, except I have to find a library that has his books, I've been to two and can't seem to find any. I'll have to get to the big Library downtown.
     
  10. Autentique

    Autentique wonderfabulastic

    I loved that book, read it like 2 years ago.I like it because is about life.. pure and simple. ANd I would definitely watch your movie when you make it :)
     
  11. SvgGrdnBeauty

    SvgGrdnBeauty only connect

    I'm sorry if I offended you...I didn't much care for it...and I really can't explain how I classify teenage novels in my book...its hard to explain, really it is...but I never said you couldn't like it...it just wasn't my cup of tea, I didn't really connect with Holden... I tried it (not like I had a choice...but other people said it was good so I gave it an honest try...) and I just didn't like it...::shug::
     
  12. Edward G.

    Edward G. Edwardson

    Ohh, I loved Catcher in the Rye. :) I read it in eighth grade I think. lol I remember my grandma was snooping through my bookbag and found it and got pissed, she was like "all that will teach you is cuss words!" ahh, old people... :rolleyes:
     
  13. renee

    renee Member

    I love that book! :eek: I thought it would be boring cause of the cover... Don't judge a book by its cover! :cool:
     
  14. moonbeam

    moonbeam Member

    i loved it. Salinger was a wonderful writer in his own way. That beginning quote is beautiful, from the first page thing. Its great. The best part of the whole book.
     
  15. i just finished reading that for school a couple weeks ago. aside having to answer 10 questions a chapter (which is ridiculous bc the chapters are so short) i really enjoyed the book. i didn't think it would be that good but it was for sure.
     
  16. BraveSirRubin

    BraveSirRubin Members

    That book was crap in every sense. Terrible character discription, no development, plot line is crap...

    Holden himself should be shot...
     
  17. Carnivore

    Carnivore Visitor

    I totally disagree with the above post's assessment that the book had no "character description"...I actually thought that was one of the principle strengths of the novel. Holden's character is illustrated so vividly, especially through the style of writing that the book had. It reads like a journal, really. As I read it, I could definitely sense a disillusioned, depressed teenager talking.

    Saying that, I loved this book. I've read it twice, once this past fall, and once a couple years ago. I can't see how anyone wouldn't be able to relate with Holden in some way.
     
  18. sky_pink

    sky_pink er... what's the time?

    I liked some of Salinger's other stories more, but I don't recall the titles right now... I think they depicted the confusion going through someone's mind, the uncertainty and not being able to force yourself to understand people rather well.
     

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