The Catcher in the Rye (英語) マスマーケット – 1991/5/1
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"We read The Catcher in the Rye and feel like the book understands us in deep and improbable ways."―John Green
used to love this book when he was still a man. I remember well how he used to go on and on about it when we first met. There was some connection to The Beatles I’m sure, but I wasn’t really listening. Even then he bored me a little. It was the tone of his voice rather than the subject matter. He could make anything sound dull. And that only got worse as time wore on. Talk about ‘phoney’. Even when he announced that he didn’t think he was supposed to be a man, a gay one at that, that he he he was in the wrong body and all that malarkey, he could’ve been talking about the weather, so monotonous was his voice. I don’t know WHERE I’m going with all this, why I’m telling you, or why I’m buying the book. I just want to understand, though I don’t suppose I ever shall.
I don't think k it is an original penguin print, i am pretty sure the seller is selling a plagarised version of this book. My advice, definitely read this book but do NOT buy from this seller/publisher, very disappointed!
What irked me was the unrealness of his character. Salinger tried so hard to make him 'relatable', that he stopped seeming real at all. Every person has at least a little ability to surprise you. But Holden barely does, says or thinks anything. And the worst part is that this blandness of his character is not realistic. It's entirely artificial.
In conclusion, all I want to say is: They're all phonies!
As folhas da edição de capa comum são amareladas e a leitura é confortável. A capa é fosca e com relevo dourado. O vocabulário é simples, nada difícil de compreender, ideal para níveis semi-intermediários, intermediários ou avançados. Quanto à historia, isso depende do gosto particular de cada pessoa, mas ela é uma das minhas favoritas desde a adolescência. Incrível, cheia de críticas sociais de uma forma simples e leve. Mas depende do seu gosto de leitura.
I entered university only a few months after having read the novel. The main thing that I recall about that reading of the novel is being given a lift by a philosophy professor who was curious as to how someone who was so young (I was 17 but looked more like 12) was getting along in university. A philosophy course was mandatory in first year. There were four choices - Philosophy 100 to Philosophy 103. I chose Philosophy 100 because it was first on the list. I was so naïve that I didn’t understand that the 100 course was designed as the first course for those majoring in the subject. The others were much easier and intended for everybody else.
I remember the professor who picked me up asking me about the course. I answered him truly that I did like it. However, I do remember in the theory of knowledge of having a significant amount of difficulty understanding the difference between a correspondence theory of the truth and a coherence theory. I was young and very naive like Holden. For me then, reality was reality and there was one sort of truth. That there could be many types of truth was something that I had just not encountered as such. Holden faced the same sort of difficulty. He had difficulty understanding the changes going on around him. His reaction to this is anger and to run away from the world. He refuses to confront his troubles and acts out by refusing his work in school. He runs away from school and his parents and hides out in New York. He has escape fantasies of setting up a new life in the west. Like Holden, I found myself in a world that required emotional and intellectual skills that I just not grown into. The professor asked me about what I had been reading. I told him about Holden and his talk about 'phonies.' I had much to learn about the world.
The novel is presented in the voice of an adolescent. Holden’s reaction of anger and escape are not untypical. However, this reaction is not limited to adolescents and the novel’s themes are not limited to them. This reaction of anger and denial is common when people are confronted with situations which challenge their preconceptions. There are many truths in the world and the truths that one finds thought life change with forces that lie both within us and without us. The novel is an examination of this for me.
Reading it again now at 71 is something quite different from what I recall of reading it at 17. It does make me realize the naivete of how I understood the world then. I realize now how much I have learned from others over those 54 years of my life. I remember being puzzled by people talking about social theories of knowledge and of seeking out books on philosophy which could help me understand just what they meant. I recall how they helped my understand that I could not understand the difference between correspondence and coherence theories not because I did not understand the answer but because I did not know what the problem was. Life and the knowledge of others did teach me humility. I might have called people ‘phonies’ back then but I wouldn’t now.
I would like to meet that philosophy professor again and talk to him about ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ again.. Now that I’m not that Holden Caulfield any more but a different one who is willing to listen and try to learn. It took me about 3 days to read the novel this time but maybe one could say that I have been reading it for the last 54 years.
In my defence, your honour, David Sedaris also admits that many of the books on his school literature reading list he didn't read until mid-age. I’m not alone, thankfully, and it worked out quite alright for him.
Just as I hated ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ when it was forced down my throat to dissect line for line in a stuffy classroom, I suspect, in my youth, I would have hated ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ too.
Being then the type of boy that would have made Holden Caulfield ‘mad’, ‘The Catcher’ would have been a book I simply didn’t ‘get’.
Thirty-five years on, weather worn, battle scarred and locked down by a virus, I love this book!
Every second social media post I read talks about the problems mental health: read ‘The Catcher.’
Bored? Don't know what to do? read ‘The Catcher’.
Need inspiration, something to fascinate? read, the bloomin’ Catcher.
Studying the art of writing: read Catcher, read Catcher, read Catcher!
I don't really know were I was getting with that point. "The Catcher On The Rye" however is an excellent book, I especially recommend it for someone of my age group. However a basic interest in literature is probably necessary, if your son is pissed because you got him this book instead of, "GTA 5", don't blame me. Overall I conclude that this book satirises youth sub-culture excellently, and whether it has a deeper meaning reflecting the institutes of society is a matter to the reader, in my personal opinion it does. We each will reflect upon this novel differently and that is the beauty of personality.