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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Catcher in the Rye Part II

Well it was interesting to re-read Catcher in the Rye. I knew I had forgotten much of it but I think I forgot more than I knew. But the gist was the same. Poor Holden Caulfield, kicked out of yet another boarding prep school and unwilling to go home to face his parents, less willing to stick around for the final weekend before school closes for the holiday break.

His answer is an unrealistic sojourn of New York City nightlife. Unfortunately, Holden seems to lack both the funds and the proper identification to get into all but the most flea-bitten of night clubs. The people he meets and the drinks he cannot get only add to his sense of desperation.

On this re-read I had to ask myself – what did I ever see in this guy? The old adage about art imitating life comes to play here. If that seems cryptic I think I will just leave it that way, at least for now.

The book club discussion was quite interesting, much to my surprise. I was afraid I had chosen a real dog but the club members seemed to enjoy the re-read (most had read the book years ago for school assignments or for pleasure) and all seemed to enjoy discussing it. I concede the symbolism. It definitely seems to be there and who am I to argue?

Anyway, I think Holden Caulfield and Salinger are both pretty much out of my system. Now I can get my Salinger book collection off my shelf and to the used bookstore. Maybe there will be room for my Harry Connick cds. I am going to listen once more before I decide if I am all over Harry, too.

Note: listened to Harry’s “We Are In Love” yesterday. Definitely NOT over Harry!

Quotable Quotes; in the category I Wish I Hadn’t Done That!

"Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."
- J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye