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The catcher in the rye - a matter of taste,
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Catcher in the Rye (Taschenbuch)
I have a divided opinion about the novel "the catcher in the rye" by J.D.Salinger. On the one hand I have to admit that it gives the reader a very good insight into the world of a depressed teenager living in a world he doesn't want to accept. Holden Caulfield is a very sensitive boy and there are parts of the novel in which I can understand him very well. most of these parts are at the beginning of the novel. On the other hand I didn't like the book too much, because after I read half of it I started to hate Holden Caulfiel and as he is the main character, this was a real problem. I regard Holden as very naive: He judges almost everybody in his environment by calling them "phony". For him this is the most negative quality a person can have, but he also behaves phony in so many situations.Furthermore Holden is such a pessimist that I could hardly bear it. And because Holden always repeats himself the novel was a bit boring in some parts. Summing up I can say that "the catcher in the rye" is probably a book that one should have read to be able to have a say in a discussion about it. And maybe with this novel it is like with very depressing songs:It depends on your own mood whether you like it.If the reader is in a good mood while reading it, Holden's emotions seem to be so far away that it is not very interesting to read on.That's how I experienced it.