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Catcher in the rye 
12th-Apr-2009 11:00 pm
Philosophical
This weekend, I finally managed to read the much talked about book Catcher in the rye. I am still not sure what the title means, I did not understand the reference to some song in the book.

What I do know is that the book makes for a good read. I could have made some phony statement like it is a refreshingly different style but for the minor detail that the book was written before my mother was born. The fact remains that it is a refreshing book for me since I haven't come across something like this before.

I had little or no idea of this book expect that I had heard of it being mentioned in many a discussion and in Billy Joel's song "We didn't start the fire". I seem to be one of the last people to have read. When I started talking about it to anyone and everyone I knew, the reaction seems to be that if you are a normal person, you would find the book weird and you need to have some issues (psychological kind) to actually like. That doesn't stop me from saying I sort of liked the book.

First off, I like the continuity of the thought process. Usually, it is th plot that has continuity in a book. People don't look at their life like a plot. There are so many unrelated things happening in your life and you tend to think about a lot of those things in a short span of time. It never makes for a focused plot but that is how life is. Secondly, it makes being sort of depressed appear normal. The general contempt towards a lot of things in life seems to facilitate this depression. That sort of a contempt is something that I can relate to.

And just for fun, I'll put a line that someone said after I expressed my liking for the book:
dude, if you didn't know, catcher in the rye was kinda influential in john lennon getting killed by his assassin who was overcome by depression after reading this book!
Comments 
13th-Apr-2009 07:09 am (UTC)
I kind of liked the book too. And I know what you mean by the continuity of thought......
13th-Apr-2009 07:45 am (UTC) - Heh.
"catcher in the rye was kinda influential in john lennon getting killed by his assassin who was overcome by depression after reading this book!"

Well, thats true, but it is still a good book.
22nd-Dec-2009 01:02 pm (UTC) - Catcher in the Rye
'Catcher in the Rye' is a book that has come under a lot of scrutiny in recent times. It is about an adolescent's coming to terms with the world around him. We meet our protagonist a little after he's been kicked out of his prep school in Pennsylvania. (Not a very good first impression, is it?) But gradually, as the story progresses, we begin to see Holden in a different light. He is disgusted with the artificiality and phoniness around him. One of the themes that runs through the novel is that of innocence. Holden Caulfield is almost obsessed with saving children from the dirtiness he sees in the adult world. A good read, actually. And one that will make you think and re-think about the madness around us. I found an interesting trivia on this book on Shmoop. The man who murdered John Lennon was carrying a copy of this book when he was arrested!
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