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Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Catcher in the Rye ; book review


It requires special patience to read this book. Not that this book is bad, but at times it seems too depressing.
But nevertheless its a well written book. The book is written in a narrative style, the narrator is the lead himself. Not only do we get a insight into his personality, but also he explains his likes and dislikes with sufficient reasons.
Beauty of the narration is that when you feel you have really understood him, he comes around with thoughts that will stump you.
The end is the really beauty of this book, and the reason why I liked it. Not that I would have found it hard to like him, as a part of me identifies with him for his style of thinking.
You will dislike parts of his personality or his behavior. But that is also the reason why this book is so good. You like him, and dislike him in equal parts. And its one good ride into his world, as long as you can tolerate his negativity.
Give it a try, its unusual book, you may just like it.

Trivia-
Adam Gopnik considers it one of the "three perfect books" in American literature, along with Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Great Gatsby, and believes that "no book has ever captured a city better than Catcher in the Rye captured New York in the fifties."

Mark David Chapman murdered former Beatles member John Lennon due to obsession with Catcher in the Rye. Chapman remained at the scene, took out his copy of The Catcher in the Rye and read it until the police arrived. Chapman stated, "I’m sure the large part of me is Holden Caulfield, who is the main person in the book. The small part of me must be the Devil.

3 comments:

Pri said...

a crisp and perfect review.....

Nitisha Pande said...

I never knew about The Catcher in the Rye reference in the Lennon assassination. I'd really liked the book when I first read it, as it was very individualistic in its outlook. Now it seems so morbid. :|

Excellent review, though! :)

tys said...

i loved this book...vernon god little also gave me the same feeling after i read it...

i have always felt that catcher in the rye is a philosophical book...it cud be becoz i was parallel reading the little prince at the same time..

so somehow emotions to this was a bit like having chinese with sambar...everything some what mixed...yeah, i was also reading human bondage ... shud really stop doing that..

but its a beautiful book..

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