Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Age Range: NA - NA years
Grade Level: NA - NA
Mass Market Paperbound: 224 Pages
Product Dimension (L x W x H): 17.02 x 10.41 x 2.03 CM
Shipping Weight: 0.11 Kg
The book touches on important themes in a manner that excels in impacting the reader. As a relatable character, Holden helps to make the book a fairly worthwhile read. However, as Holden meets character upon character in the book, it can be difficult to keep track of them. The nature of Holden’s wandering means nearly constant changes that sometimes make the plot feel incoherent. His frequent tangents can be an insight into his mind, but can occasionally leave the reader thinking “get back to the story already.” While it is certainly a good book, it is questionable whether it deserves its classical literature reputation or not. I did not find it to be significantly better than an average book to be worthy of the popularity that it has.
Is it the book which purposely made its reader hate every single thing about it? Or is it just me?
It reminded me all those years ago when I started reading Paulo Coelho's works. Everyone loved it. Everyone talked about how important his works, the meaning, and whatnot. And I was like..."Okay what are you trying to say?". I didn't understand them. All of them. I gave up.
And similar thing happened with this book. While I couldn't help but notice how many people gushing over this book, I couldn't even enjoy this book. I simply didn't get it. The character kept complaining about this phony and that phony while being a phony himself the entire time.
Maybe that was what exactly Salinger tried to accomplish? Making reader hate his charaters?
I. Didn't. Understand. It.
Had heard of this book since high school, but never read it. When the author passed away, I decided it was time to buy and read it. Had no idea of what to expect, and was surprised with what it was about. I think the main character had ADHD. I think he was quite intelligent, although he could not make it in the school environment. I tired of the explanation he went into on each topic, but forced myself to finish the book. It was a quick read but did not pass this one on.