I mean it's a good book, who seems very appealing for teenagers. However, the introspection of Holden is a bit unsatisfying and his opinions seem shoking for an adult in the 50s (when the book was published) which makes them appropriate for a teenager from the same decade. He's right about the phoniness of the adult world but he's not the hero nor the rebel he thinks he is. I think the book adresses not only the superficiality and falsity of the adult world, but also the lack of attention and caring adults offer their children.
>>7565915 not who you were posting at but, >has no emotional response to the emotional delivery system known as literature you talk like a fag. Maybe you will get your ass fucked where emotions aren't possible. >>>/r9k/
>>7565931 You see, if you had brains (which you surely don't) you'd understand that the emotion you were feeling [anger] was derived from your own inability to comprehend basic literature, and not from the literature itself.
I actually do have an emotional response to literature. You're the one who doesn't. Want to know how I know? Because in order to get an emotional response from literature...you have to understand it first.
>>7565985 I'd have to say from a depressed person's point of view it's a relatable story, I personaly felt identified with the character, Holden. I think it has good symbolisms and you end up feeling sorry for the guy... You know cause he is so lonely and just wants to talk his shit through with someone.
There are some connections that can be drawn between Holden and Americans as a nation after the world war. The american dream, the lengths that they had gone to, to separate themselves from Europe, from their past, and to create a new culture, without the impositions of Old Europe, was finally dead, and many of the authors at that time deal with the Past. Holden is essentially wanting desperately to go back to the past, when his brother was alive, his other brother wrote good things, he played checkers with a girl, so on.. His rebellion against everything else is a rebellion against the future and a present which no longer is similar to his past. Everything is phony, his brother is dead, the other one sold himself to hollywood, the girl is now dating an idiot. He hates the future, and, like some americans, wanted nothing more than to go back into the past (obviously an highly conceptualised past, that didn't actually reflect a reality). In the end when he goes to the carrousel with his sister, he listens to the music and says something like, that's the good thing about carrousels, they never change. The idealised America of its inception, a land to discover, that was theirs as they were its people, of individualism, freedom from state, church, money, where people built themselves by their own hands, etc... The America of the Cowboy, of the Ranch, etc.. World War II, put the last nail in its coffin, and many authors, Jack Kerouac, Kurt Vonnegut and even others later like Annie Proulx or Toni Morrison, deal with it. The Idealised Past confronted with the terrible Present (Future).
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