Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Catcher in the Rye:

The Catcher in the Rye has got to be one of the most overrated books in the history of English literature. It's about a couple of days in the life of a sixteen year old boy that keeps failing out of elite preparatory schools. The novel covers his return home after being expelled from his last school for failing three out of four subjects. Instead of heading straight home, he stays overnight at a hotel in New York and wastes a bunch of money on dates, booze, shows, and a hooker. He could have just went home and faced his parents and got the matter over with.

There's nothing about the story that profoundly provokes the imagination. There's no overarching theme or great struggle. Just a spoiled kid that hasn't learned the value of money and has had virtually no life experience. It's well written and fairly easy reading. I kept reading to find out what would finally happen when the kid, Holden Caulfield, finally had to face his parents. But the author  ends the story before that ever happens.

There's virtually no plot to the story. Just a pointless story about a spoiled kid. I don't get how this novel could have been so highly rated for so long.

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