I just finished reading J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" today. I figured I had better read it, since it is such a famous American Novel. So many folks have tried to have it banned, and assassins read it! I figured there must be some pretty interesting stuff in that book.
I don't get it.
I mean, I understand the book. I just don't understand why everyone has made such a big deal about it. I even went online and read several analyses of the durn thing to figure out if I had missed some symbolism or insight or something.
Nope, several hours of reading later I have not found a single comment on the book that I hadn't already thought of.
Now, I will give you that the language is pretty strong. Given the time that it was written and published, I can see why a lot of folks would be shocked by that. And I can even see why some folks wouldn't really want their kids reading it until they were a bit older. It isn't exactly the kind of story I would like to have shaping the Sprouts' psyches.
Basically, I thought it was just a sad tale of a messed up kid. End of story.
Maybe I am just jaded by all the violence, language and sex in mainstream media. It just didn't seem too shocking to me. The whole time I was reading the story, I was remembering kids I knew in high school who were very much like our Holden Caulfield. I know none of them had read it...they read mostly comic books and the backs of cereal boxes.
Anyway. I just thought I would reveal how little I know about Great Literature, since I can't figure out what makes "Catcher" great.