So I just finished pic related, what does /lit/ think of it? Honestly, I'd say I liked it over all. The colloquial writing style was a bit of a pain but I'm glad I stuck it out. It became really rewarding to read through and realise that the protagonist was having a
mental breakdown. I think I enjoyed it so much because I've been in a similar scenario. I would have liked to see the relationship between Holden and Mr. Antollini explored further though, I feel like that was the beginning of some interesting thoughts on sexual abuse and betrayal of trust that never got fully explored.
I heavily dislike the novel because Caulfield is not very relateable. At all. I showed many of the same behaviours of being misanthropic and bitching about the world, but I did it because I really had reasons to. He does it just for the sake of being an annoying fuck. I personally do not think Salinger did a good job at all writing from the teenage perspective. Because none of my friends can relate to Caulfield.
>The "I have to like the main character to think a book is good" meme
Have the people that claim Caulfield has no reason to be a whiny bitch just not read the book? His little brother dies of cancer and it sends him into a depression which he doesn't recover from. His mother becomes a nervous wreck and he can't stick in school to save his life. The book ends with him in a mental hospital.
I'm glad it didn't go into the sexual abuse aspect more. It wouldn't have made sense for Holden to want to talk about it. The way he reacts to Mr. Antollini, and him only alluding to past assaults are pretty telling about how it's effected him.
I also just finished it and loved it.
So you think it happened to him in the past? He alludes to men "getting pervy" but I wasn't sure what he actually meant by that. By the end of the book I hadn't made my mind up if Antollini was actually a predator or if Holden was overreacting due to the fact he was having a breakdown.
He's unwilling or unable to respond to the genuine affection that the old guy has for him. He doesn't want to confront the demons that are haunting him, doesn't want to show vulnerability, or he's just unable too because it would be too painful.
>When something perverty like that happens, I start sweating like a bastard.
The fact that he knows how he reacts in those situations, I took to mean that it's clearly happened before, even if the "20 times" part is an exaggeration.
Also, doesn't he say that Mr. Antollini "forgot" to give him pajamas, so he had to sleep in his underwear?
literally fucking NO ONE in this thread has said antollini molested him you fucking idiot, you have literally missed the point as 3 or 4 different people have tried explaining it
god I hate this board, fuck off
Outstanding piece of literature; Holden may not be likable or relatable to some readers, but I consider him one of the most interesting characters in 20th century lit.
Many on this board dislike it because they think any novel that isn't Finnegan's Wake is below them.
Of course he did. viz. http://postflaviana.org/a-pedophile-fantasy-in-the-rye/
You show your fignewtonness by doubting this senpai. There was such a long thread proving it extensively. C'mon man. Think it through man, and don't just dismiss it because it's 'a meme,' you internet-obsessed faggot.