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02:23 PM on 01/29/2010
You obviously didn't get that Holden was never meant to be someone to aspire to be. You were supposed to identify with him and also be somewhat disturbed by the fact that you did.
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holyfrak
08:12 PM on 01/29/2010
I never identified with him and was disturbed too so many who did.
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LibChicAZ
I am the People, the Mob
04:03 PM on 01/30/2010
I guess you are just cooler than the rest of us.
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TremoluxMan
Politics: BS on Steroids.
01:42 PM on 01/29/2010
As a 62-year-old veteran of the 60s Flower Power, peace-love-incense, British Invasion generation, I never got around to reading TCITR. Oh, it was gushed over by many of my fellow hippies and hippie wannabes. I just never bothered. I have always tended to go my own way and was gifted with an early skepticism and curiosity and invariably shy away from the herd mentality. My BS Detector is very sensitive and finely tuned. Perhaps I'll get around to reading it, perhaps not.

I've found over time that not everything popular is good, beneficial, or wise. I'm not saying the tome is not, but I prefer to draw my own conclusions while I disregard the hype.
01:51 PM on 01/29/2010
your loss
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ReichWingKaput
a working class hero is something to be
01:51 PM on 01/29/2010
Bravo.
A kindred spirit.
You didn't miss much.
Perhaps it resonated with immediate post-war teenagers,
but by the sixties it was terribly passe.
We didn't need a book to tell us about phonies and hypocrisy.
We had LBJ, Nixon, Strom and an endless, pointless war
we were all heading to.
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02:42 PM on 01/29/2010
It may have been passe in the sixties, but in the eighties, when I had it thrust upon me, it was positively quaint. It was like a kid reading Dickens during the Cold War - the world in the book simply had no connection with the one I was living in.
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ReichWingKaput
a working class hero is something to be
01:42 PM on 01/29/2010
So glad to know others disliked RITR as much as I did.
I was in an Honors English class in the 1960s and had to endure the
hostility of my English instructor because I found Holden to be a whiny, obnoxious,
co-dependent twit, clearly a sick, sick role model. My contemporaries followed the party line
until years later when they felt comfortable to admit they had hated it too
but they wanted an "A" and a letter of recommendation for college.

Literature Lesson #1, don't listen to the swooning adulation
of adolescents, no matter how old and esteemed they are.
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ReichWingKaput
a working class hero is something to be
01:45 PM on 01/29/2010
CITR
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02:22 PM on 01/29/2010
He wasn't supposed to be a role model. You were supposed to feel some complex mix of attitudes toward him, but he definitely wasn't supposed to be a hero.
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Glad2bCdn
05:55 PM on 01/29/2010
I love how people tell me how something is supposed to make me feel or think. The English teacher(s) I had made me mad with requests to interpret the thought the writer had when he described the sky as blue. If you didn't think the same as the teacher then you didn't get the mark. I maintain to this day the writer intended to tell the reader the friggen sky was friggen blue.
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AlexNYC
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12:46 PM on 01/29/2010
When it comes to The Catcher In The Rye, there are many people out there who never "got it". When I was a high school sophomore and the class had to pick a book from a list of about 20 handed out by our teacher and write a book report, it was just luck that I happened to pick The Catcher In The Rye, because it was the first book on the list that was available at my local library. As it turned out I loved the book; because of the writing style and because I identified very much with the protagonist. The main reason some people don't "get it" is because they never main that connection with Holden Caulfield. Yes, the angst of youth is something you eventually grow out, but the spirit of the character remains vivid in our memories.
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01:44 PM on 01/29/2010
I was one of those people that never got the book. As a teen, I tried reading the book, but I would always end up throwing it to the ground. Later in life I saw the movie "Conspiracy Theory" with Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts, and then it hit me: the book was about MK Ultra and the CIA.