Skip to comments.J.D. Salinger in Purgatory (Political Cartoon)
Posted on 01/29/2010 5:05:02 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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I struggled through “Catcher in the Rye” one time about 30 years ago and wondered what the heck all the fuss was about.
It ranged between utterly incomprehensible to totally boring.
Shouldn’t them “angels” be teenage boys ?
I read it in high school and again at 29 years. What an absolute waste of time. Another one of those books that’s a “classic” merely because everyone says so.
I read it for fun when I was in college and it’s one of my favorite books. Maybe you should try reading it again. You might like it this time.
I read it because everyone was all atwitter about it being in our middle school library. I too, thought it was boring, and I thought the writer must really be a boring guy.
Never read it, but I guess you're not the right one to ask... *\;-)
I was an English Lit major and Salinger was out of style in the early 70's. I finally read "Catcher" a few years ago. I can understand that it might have been a book that might have affected me a great deal more at 18. I certainly never had the skill to write its equal.
Ha! I love Steve Breen’s cartoons.
About all I ever got from that book was Caulfield’s ‘secret slob’ roommate, who had to shave twice; I’ve had to do that a few times.
Great book. I really liked Franny and Zooey. The second half is excellent.
Me, too. I didn’t get it....oh, the teenaged preppie angst!
What’s it about?
I have found this to be true, myself. For example, some of Swift's satire eluded me in high school. My wife told me she rediscovered Lewis Carroll.
The books must have changed, huh?
What was ‘incomprehensible’ about it? It’s written in very forthright prose.
It’s written from the point of view of a self obssesed adolescent. If you read Salinger’s short stories you’d see that it’s a ‘character’ nothing like Salinger himself.
It was a best seller upon release and became a classic because it appealed to multiple generations.
It is highly over-rated.
The left is trying to tie the novel and Salinger to the beatnik and population-gap group of writers.
The truth is, for anyone who actually studies literature, he didn’t do anything all that original or great.
He was a good writer. He wrote a good rejecting-coming-of-age novel. That’s about the extent of it.
Swift’s satire takes some background to fully appreciate — background that comes with age and/or experience.
Salinger’s works don’t require that kind of background. You either like the story and get an emotional massage from angst or you don’t.
Deponds on your definition of prose.
I like many others was forced to read it 50 years ago. I read it again last year. It’s fothright crap.
Sleeping would be more beneficial than reading his nonsense.
Yeah that’s why it has continual appeal to one generastion after the next. There’s a lot of thematic strands going on nd they’re put across via an unreliable narrator. It’s amazing how people can just summarily dismiss something. A while back I got into an argument with another poster who claimed James Joyce was essentially a fraudulent hack.
For what it's worth, I tried to read Ivanhoe 4 times, at 4 different times of life. It just never "took" with me. And I love great books.
I've read it about 4 times and its never knocked me down as overly brilliant but I still enjoy the prose, however Salinger's "Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters" is one of my favorite reads and has a prominent place on my "emergency book" bookshelf.
(When I can find nothing new to read I choose something from my "emergency book" bookshelf...)
He was often overtly Christian in his fiction. CITR pops up on lists of All Time Favorite Conservative Novels.
He was not alone in that. It was a movement. The modern short story was structured by many writers all adding and taking away pieces of straw and mortar.
Subtlety, nuance, and paradox are all part of the modern formula.
As I said, he was a good writer. To me (as a professional and creative writer), what you define is a good writer, but not a great one (as Melville, McCarthy, Wolfe, and, yes, I hate to admit, Hemingway, too).
If people like him, fine. I would never try to take that away. I just don’t like the way several groups rise up as soon as a writer dies and (usually with an ulterior motive) start declaring him/her “One of the top 5 American authors.”
Come to think of it you’ve probably never read a word of his.
That’s what you call it? I read a boring book about a whining spoiled brat little rich prick who liked to hit on older women, get drunk and make an idiot out of himself.
LOL, I guess that my extreme lower income, foster homes and juvenile hall childhood left me under-equipped to deal with that guy’s profound angst.
I wanted to kick his a$$ and make him join the Army.
Anything in it that would make you want to shoot a rock star?
Holden Caulfield is now running the country. Even given the passing of his creator, it’s unfortunate for conservatives to be celebrating him.
The devil you say.
They aren’t celebrating him anymore than people who like the play Macbeth are celebrating the title character.
J.D. Salinger was okay, pretty good, not great.
I read it so long ago I don’t remember much about it but I know I didn’t hate it as badly as I hated the movie “Raging Bull” that was supposed to be such a masterpiece. I thought it was more like raging Bullshit. I would call it one of the WORST movies ever made. If I had to drink Starbucks coffee and watch “Raging Bull” at the same time it would be a death sentence.
Pretty much my assessment of it also.
I think the main reason liberals were so orgasmic about it is because it had the F-word in it a couple of times which was apparently a big deal when it was published.
It’s popped on lists of all time favorite conservative novels.
Well, it ain’t on my list.
I just couldn’t empathize with HC.
He’s not a likable character.
..back in college we read CITR in American lit class...along with Melville,Faulkner,Steinbeck,Hemingway and Fitzgerald....I’m GLAD they had us read those great writers...guys like Steven King and John Grisham couldn’t carry their jockstrap...on their best day!
Not that I remember. Unless, of course, the brat grew up to be a rock star.
But, he WAS in the army.
As you wish.
How do you know he was an a-hole? His son claims he was a good guy and a great grandfather to his kids.
The guy was just a quiet writer wanting to be left alone.