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Old 08-13-2007, 07:47 PM
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So I read The Catcher in the Rye today. And I would very much appreciate an explanation for why in the fuck it's considered a classic. Scott? Anyone? Whyyyyyyy?
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Old 08-13-2007, 07:50 PM
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So I read The Catcher in the Rye today. And I would very much appreciate an explanation for why in the fuck it's considered a classic. Scott? Anyone? Whyyyyyyy?
Cuz its good
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Old 08-13-2007, 07:55 PM
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Really? Because as I understood it, it was a two hundred page series of barely coherent rants that foreshadowed everything under the sun and cashed in on none of it.
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Really? Because as I understood it, it was a two hundred page series of barely coherent rants that foreshadowed everything under the sun and cashed in on none of it.
You didn't understand it.
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Old 08-13-2007, 08:18 PM
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You didn't understand it.
I think I got it. Holden is supposed to be a crusader for youth and independence, constantly being told by everyone who and what he's supposed to be. He achieves his victory by not giving in to the demands. He doesn't fit into the world and prefers a fantasy world to it.

I just wanted there to be something more to it. When every other sentence is "I swear to God I'm crazy", you want a shooting spree or something.
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Old 08-13-2007, 08:29 PM
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Really? Because as I understood it, it was a two hundred page series of barely coherent rants that foreshadowed everything under the sun and cashed in on none of it.
Well, as I understood it.............THRASHFUCK I dunno I liked that book even though it wasnt super duper special or anything.
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Old 08-13-2007, 08:32 PM
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Well, as I understood it.............THRASHFUCK I dunno I liked that book even though it wasnt super duper special or anything.
I didn't hate it. I just wish he made good on some of his threats. Kill yourself or someone else, fool!
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"You can read me Catcher In the Rye, and watch me jack off."

From the "I must emo" song. Sounds like a dumb book. To bad I have to have that and Huck Finn done in a week.
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So I read The Catcher in the Rye today. And I would very much appreciate an explanation for why in the fuck it's considered a classic. Scott? Anyone? Whyyyyyyy?
I think it's because Holden Caulfield is an original character with an original voice. He might not seem like it so much to us now because we've seen his type of character imitated and duplicated so often -- but before Salinger, how many serious authors were featuring wiseass misfit teenagers as protagonists?

I didn't read it until I was almost 30, but it made me wish I'd read it when I was 15; I probably would've enjoyed it more then. Meanwhile, as far as young wiseass misfit protagonists go, I enjoyed the novel A Confederacy of Dunces a lot more than Catcher in the Rye.
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"You can read me Catcher In the Rye, and watch me jack off."

From the "I must emo" song. Sounds like a dumb book. To bad I have to have that and Huck Finn done in a week.
I started to type "Oh fuck off, those are both good books and you should be glad to be reading them" but then I remembered how as I high school senior I didn't read most of the novels on my required reading list, including Crime and Punishment and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, both of which I still haven't read and kick myself incessantly for not having read in the first place.
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