I'm discussing this at a book club tomorrow.
Give me some interesting points or opinions to bring up.
>inb4 he rapes his sister phoebe
ask yourself why the ending ends where it does and why holden is telling you that from a mental health facility
why does holden hate his dad
why is sex so repugnant to him
what does adulthood mean to him? inb4 phoniness, phoniness is a kid's conceptualization of a larger malaise, it's not actually what he doesn't like.
When it comes to be your turn say "Well, the truth is that I thought it was low-brow trash and a huge waste of my time." Then you say "The time that it took to read that heap of shit would have been much better spent reading the Greeks and since I know that I'm right on this one I thought we could all just start that now" and once you say that you pull out a copy of "The First Philosophers: The Pre-Socratics and the Sophists" out of your bag and start reading it aloud. If you are confident enough in your delivery that you will convince enough people for it to work and not only will you get laid but you will propel an entire room-full of people on the path towards patrician-hood.
Talk about how Holden's anger was really brought to the late after he rapes his sister Pheobe and then massacres all of those People. suggest it was an almost biblical parable, cautioning against schizophrenic paranoia and advocating for stricter evaluations and more available mental health services.