Monday, August 13, 2012

J. D. Salinger - The Catcher in the Rye II

"Perhaps you shall be scandalized that an English major/English teacher does not like this book, but 'tis true."

"Real Teen Rating~ D-"

"I'm not the kind of person who reads a lot of books and this book is a reason why. First the story is not interesting and also the way it's told is very stupid. It takes you hourst to read it and then find out you just read about some stupid 'adventure' of a young lad which i don't even believe, even if it's fiction."

"Holden Caulfield is totally unrealistic. I am 15, turning 16 soon and have NONE of the feelings that Holden does, except a profound love for golf. I have never desired to drink, get a whore or anything."

"What really bakes my noodle is that this book has killed people, distorting what is real and what is fake."

"as a teenager, i was totally insulted. i worried that that was what adults thought we sounded like, and that i had ever said anything that remotely annoying as half the things holden cauldfield said. i think salinger's kind of like the ramones, or punk. you either get it, or you don't. if only salinger was more like the literary ramones, cos i like the ramones."

"I honestly think that he could have written it in a way that doesn't try as hard to provoke the reader, or to be 'outspoken' or whatever."

"honestly have NO memory of it beyond crossing out all the swear words!"

"his constant use of stupid phrases and interjections made me want to crack his head open like a ripe melon."

"This book belongs on the ash-heap of literary history. Completely worthless."

"The man who wrote this should be in an asylum."

"This Holden seem to be on 'the road to nowhere'. He wants to tell us something and then doesn't. This person is lost! The book is extemely subjective and broken like glass."

"This book should not be sold anywhere because it has no meaning. The story is too long and it has too many different stories it never goes with one thing he always goes off on something else. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone under the age of 40 because its too boring for younger people."

"Aren't authors suppose to stay on the subject? I found my self skipping over pages at a time, while holden tried to explain something in the past.. Very boring. I wouldn't recomend reading this garbage. Yea its a classic but who the hell cares it SUCKED!"

"Catcher in the Rye is also extremely dated. If it were a decade that inspired nostalgia for dumb pop-culture, like the 70s or 80s, this wouldn't be as much of a problem."

"I know it's supposed to be hip and cool. I also know it's supposed to be based on a classic piece of literature. But it is one of the most overrated books of all time in my opinion."

"I was waiting for this book to contrast Holden's senselessness with a clear-thinking and stable character, but such a contrast never came. The possibility remains that the author was offering a VERY subtle criticism of Holden, but this book just doesn't seem to carry enough intellectual weight to pull off such subtle irony."

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