Saturday, August 11, 2012

J. D. Salinger - The Catcher in the Rye

"It had no lesson to learn. It has no meaning. There is absolutely nothing remarkable about it. This novel was just such a pain to get through. Now that I'm finally done, I felt like I had just ridden a horrible, bumpy roller coaster ride. Get me off! Get me off!"

"the catcher and the rye was a good book lots of twists a good read but they quit printing it i think"

"I am just do not like those kind of books. If I did like those kinds of books than I would love that book, but I like the fantasy books where the brave knight has to rescue the princess in the tower."

"I hated Holden C. then, and I hate him more now.
As a mom, he's the boy I'd forbid my daughter ever to see and call the police if he showed up on my door step."

"Cursing was used the way I may use the words 'the', 'and', 'a' and 'of'. There was no motivation for me to keep reading."

"Only the devil knows what this book would have made out of me if I had read it in my teens."

"I could not get past how it was completely against everything I was raised to be. I know not everyone is fortunate enough to grow up in a 'traditional' family but I don't believe that kids should have to read about these kinds of extreme experiences in order to appreciate what they have. I think teenagers are so self absorbed still in the process of discovering themsevles that when reading material such as this is placed in front of them at that point in their life they get the wrong idea like it is acceptable to use foul language or act inappropriately. Or, oh well if this is happening, it happens to lots of people. Some of my friends thought our teacher must be cool to let us read a book with language like that."

"It was the constant use of 'goddamn' that got on my nerves. I'm not particular about language in the books that I read as long as it doesn't become excessive. Holden uses goddamn as his adjective of choice, and I became annoyed with him. If he was standing in front of me, I would smack him and say, 'Stop it! At least use it as an adverb or conjunction once in a while, will ya?'"

"I actually wrote a paper about why I didn't finish the book. My English teacher was shocked that I did because he had never gotten anything like that before. However, it was pretty much about how after the first chapter I couldn't read any further."

"This is one of the most popular horrible books I have ever read. Upon hearing of someone's love for it, I immediately become suspicious of their character and demand explanation for their enjoyment. It is one of very few books to have achieved this status with me, along with Mein Kampf and The Bible."

"I could NOT stand Holden's CONSTANT whining! I mean, I even wrote in to my battered copy of the book, 'SHUT YOUR DAMN WHINING, HOLDEN! I MEAN, SERIOUSLY! GET A GRIP!!' I don't know why, but I can't handle people who whine and moan and complain..."

"i do not really km\now the book. I didn't read the book. but from what i heard it was okay."

"Boy, you are not CATCHING kids from going over the cliff, you are pulling them over it. I mean how can you catch someone if you are the one to be stopped, because you yourself don't know what you are doing?
This book may be so misleading... In the wrong hands it is a weapon of self-destruction. The point is it shakes the precarious principles on which teens' understanding of the world is based upon. Is it a good thing to do? I don't know, try to shake the foundations on which your new house is standing. Yeah, it's fun, but don't be surprised if one day roof collapses on your head."


  1. This story, written in first-person narrative and conversational tone, ends with an happy ending. But I keep asking myself: Will every troubled boy find his Phoebe, The Catcher in the Rye? It depresses me when I think about it.

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  2. An extremely overrated book and author. Completely pointless and a waste of time to read or spend any time researching it's author.