Author Topic: Catcher in the Rye = Overrated  (Read 9672 times)

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Re: Catcher in the Rye = Overrated
« Reply #45 on: December 09, 2010, 08:03:19 pm »
You lack the intelligence to understand why it is great, therefore you believe it is terrible.

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Re: Catcher in the Rye = Overrated
« Reply #46 on: December 09, 2010, 10:06:23 pm »
Why did he start the fight with his roommate?
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Because he had a huge crush on the girl his roommate went out with, so huge that he chickened out when given a chance to talk to her, and his roommate, who was a serial date rapist, probably coerced her into sex. Also, said roommate basically crapped all over what was essentially a cry for help when Caulfield wrote an essay about his dead brother's baseball mitt.
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Another part that struck me in the first half of the book...

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When the history professor that Caulfield describes as kind of phony talks to him about why he... well... there was an essay quiz at the end of the term on Egypt and rather than write nothing or try and make something up, Caulfield wrote something along the lines of "I didn't read any of this text and I will be okay with it if you flunk me". Who does that? This is a kid whose parents apparently respond to his breaking out every window in the garage after his brother dies with shipping him off to one boarding school after another, where he seems to be doing everything that he can to get someone to step in and save him. But nobody notices this, or if they do notice (like the history teacher) they seem powerless to do anything about it. So, so depressing; I think the only uplifting part is, as was noted by the YouTube video previously noted, is that the book is supposedly being written one year later by Caulfield. This at least implies that he didn't kill himself that week.
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Re: Catcher in the Rye = Overrated
« Reply #47 on: December 16, 2010, 10:45:11 pm »
I loved this book so much. My friends and I were playing a game of Napolean in Europe, the most boring, long-winded board game of all time. Turns took hours to play out, and when a battle occurs that doesn't involve you, all you can do is wait it out.

So I went into my friend's library and found this book. I read it in one sitting--their turn took so damned long that we skipped the rest and called it a night, giving me a chance to finish it on the walk home. High school was tough for me, so I connected with the characters and the writing style in a way that made it feel so personal, so modern (I was completely surprised that the book was published years before my parents were born).

This was about my first summer out of college, I believe, but it was enough for me to realize that I wanted to have that affect on people--to tell stories that altered the way people viewed the world. So I switched my majors to something that would involve writing (history, it turned out). Now here I sit in a new city working toward my PhD in history.

I should read it again.

Then again, graduate school doesn't give you much time for reading for pleasure!
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Re: Catcher in the Rye = Overrated
« Reply #48 on: December 17, 2010, 01:59:21 am »
I think CitR has now become so overrated it's actually underrated.
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