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text 2016-11-18 18:43
Review: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

Goodreads summary:

"The Catcher in the Rye" is J . D. Salinger's world-famous novel of disaffected youth. Holden Caulfield is a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. Navigating his way through the challenges of growing up, Holden dissects the 'phony' aspects of society, and the 'phonies' themselves: the headmaster whose affability depends on the wealth of the parents, his roommate who scores with girls using sickly-sweet affection. Written with the clarity of a boy leaving childhood behind, "The Catcher in the Rye" explores the world with disarming frankness and a warm, affecting charisma which has made this novel a universally loved classic of twentieth-century literature.


My opinion:

I surprisingly really liked this novel. It was a bit slow at the beginning, because Holden is very moody etc., but the writing style kept me going and I ended up really liking this novel. I do understand why this is a classic that most people in USA are required to read in school (I didn't read in school, so I picked it up because I wanted to), because you can learn something from it (or even realize something about life and/or society) and it's (I think) relatable to most teenagers as well. Everybody feels kinda depressed one in a while and thinks about dropping school. This is also a very accessible classic, because it's very easy and quick to read and feels like you're reading just a YA novel. And another reason why I think it's so relatable is because Salinger made the characters so very realistic (which I really loved). Oh and I personally also really liked Holden as a character (which is a very unpopular opinion I think?), even though he could be sometimes annoying to other characters. Those part where even funny to me. So if you like to read YA novels and want to try a classic: read this one! You can also read it if you usually don't read YA; this book is just for everybody. I personally really, really liked it and I'm glad I gave it a shot.


What is your opinion about this novel? Did you have to read this one for school or not?

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text 2016-09-10 09:43
Bookhaul #31

Since my last bookhaul I only bought one book (yes self control hahah) and I got one (my boyfriend's dad got rid of it and asked if I wanted to have it), but because it's been already quite a few weeks since I've posted a bookhaul, I decided to just show these two books. Next weekend I'm going to a booksale that's once a year (you can go different places in the country, so it's basically throughout the entire year) so I think (hope) I will pick up some really nice books (and they're really cheap so yea). Anyways, here are the books:

The Catcher in the Rye is the one I got from my boyfriend's dad and I'm so excited to read it! I love children's classics and I didn't own a copy of this one yet and it's on the Rory Gilmore reading list so yay!


I wasn't planning on buying Iluminae anytime soon (I'd like to read series when all books are already out), but it was so cheap on Amazon.de and the next book comes out in October (and that one is very cheap as well, considering those are hardcovers) so I decided to buy it. I also cannot wait to read this one!


Ps. I also haven't been posting that many reviews lately, but that's because I'm reading a series and I wanted to do a full review when I'm done with it. I'm currently reading the Shatter Me trilogy and today I started the last book in that trilogy (Ignite Me), so a review will be up in two weeks I think. 


What are you recent purchases? 

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review 2016-02-22 12:14
#CBR8 Book 19: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

This review will contain spoilers, so if you want to avoid knowing all the details of the sparse and meaningless plot, maybe skip the first couple of paragraphs. 


Holden Caulfield is a self-important, spoiled and worthless little shit. At the start of the book, he is cooling his heels at the fourth boarding school he's been expelled from because he just can't be bothered to even try to apply himself (having failed four out of five subjects completely), and generally bitching about how phony his room mate, dorm mates and teachers are. Holden, ever heard of the pot calling the kettle black? You are that pot. Not content to waste his the money his parents spent on tuition, he also manages to lose all the fencing equipment belonging to the school before he's expelled. because apparently reading a subway map and keeping track of bags of equipment at the same time overloads the fragile little mind of special disenfranchised snowflake Holden.


Having spent a while internally bitching about some of his school friends and being jealous of their luck with the ladies, he picks a fight with his room mate and decides to leave school early, before his parents are alerted to his most recent failure. His grandmother is apparently overly generous, so he has cash to spare and goes by train to New York, where he books himself into a rather sleazy hotel. Here he proceeds to ruminate about girls he's known but never managed to hook up with (probably because they can tell a mile away that Holden is an emo narcissist with an inflated sense of his own self-worth and no apparent sense of humour) and gets beaten up by a pimp after paying a prostitute NOT to have sex with him. He also goes out drinking and hemorrhaging money all over the place. After a couple of days, when he's nearly broke, he goes home to see his little sister. Then he visits an old teacher who seems to have escaped Holden's go to judgement of being too phony, but said teacher may or may not make a pass at him, so Holden flees into the night. He then has some sort of mental breakdown and ends up in an institution, from whence he tells the entire story of the book.


As is hopefully clear from my rating of this book, I absolutely loathed this so-called piece of classic literature. I don't think I've ever seen a better example of the fact that it's not always the worthy texts that survive to become classics. I honestly have no idea how this book is lauded as a great novel or why it speaks to people even today. Holden is absolutely insufferable. He's a whiny, snivelling, spoiled and clueless little brat, who seems to think he is better than everyone around him, adults as well as kids his own age. The only hardship he's ever experienced is the death of his younger brother, apart from that, he's lived a life of ease and privilege and is determined to throw everything he is given away, because growing up is just so, you know, boring.


Not only is Holden absolutely insufferable, and very high on my list of fictional characters I want to knee in the groin and punch in the face (Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights is probably still number one, closely followed by Cathy from that same book). He doesn't appear to undergo any sort of significant development over the course of the book. He starts out a horrible waste of oxygen, and ends the book the same way. The only nice thing I can find to say about him is that he loves his little sister Phoebe, who is about as great a character as Holden is awful.


I seriously, for real, do not understand what is supposed to be so great about this book. What purpose does it serve? Nothing of consequence happens. Holden is atrocious and likes to ramble on about nothing, thinking back to previous events in his life that are also fairly insignificant and amounted to very little. Like so many other teens, he feels alienated from his surroundings and doesn't fit in. Not that he does a thing to change that or to find some sort of purpose. All he does is complain and sulk, and I wanted to slap him so hard his teeth rattled. My colleagues in the English department have decided that all the higher level kids are to read this book when we're embarking on our current topic of Classics, and I just desperately hope that it reads better to teenagers than it did to me. As several of my colleagues seemed rather appalled at my vehement hate for the book, it can be their job to defend its worthiness on the curriculum. None have so far been able to explain in a satisfying way to me why this book deserves to still be read in schools or by anyone, anywhere. Sorry, Mr Salinger, your book is bad and if you weren't dead, you should feel bad. The only upside for me as a teacher that I can think of is that the kids reading the book won't be able to find a movie adaptation they can watch to cheat and thus escape the reading.


I can now tick this book off the list of "books to read before you die". I found it even more pointless and hard going than The Great Gatsby and Anna Karenina (though at least, like Gatsby, it's a blessedly short book, not a massive brick like Anna), but don't loathe it with every fiber of my being like I do Wuthering Heights and Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Although with all those books, I at least see what they bring to literature. This book - nothing. I'm pretty sure it's going to be the lowest rated book I read this year, so at least I got that out of the way early.

Source: kingmagu.blogspot.no/2016/02/cbr8-book-19-catcher-in-rye-by-jd.html
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text 2015-05-21 08:41
The Catcher In The Rye - J.D. Salinger

I read this for my final book report last semester, but I only just now finished it. Overall, I liked it and found it pretty enjoyable. Holden has quite a mouth on him, though! And it didn't seem like he'd changed or learned anything by the end, so I'm not sure what the point was. A day in the life of Holden Caulfield? It kind of makes me wonder why this book and character is so popular. 

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review 2015-02-09 00:57
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction by: J.D. Salinger
Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction - J.D. Salinger

I wanted to read this book since I finished Franny and Zooey and fell in love with the Glass family.


Without a doubt, Salinger is one of my favorite writers, the way narration just flows and just catches you is so simple and yet so perfect


In this book we get to know more about Seymour Glass through his brother, with just anecdotes about Seymours and his infancy, we get to know and, in my case, loving more this character, that, even if he's not a present character in the whole book, steals protagonist as if he was the one talking about everything.


I enjoyed it so much, I wish I could read everything about every member of the Glass family.

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