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!