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What did you think of J. D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye”?

Response Percent Votes
It was great
34% 285
I haven’t read it
28% 232
I read it so long ago I can’t remember
17% 141
It was OK
11% 91
I didn’t like it
8% 66
Total 815


Kelly Johnson 8 years, 4 months ago

I don't understand why this is considered a great book by so many. Please explain!!

RoeDapple 8 years, 4 months ago

"I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you're dead? Nobody." ~J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Chapter 20

.... Nobody wants flowers, nobody....


MyName 8 years, 4 months ago

It's great because the author was very good at putting you inside someone else's head. You may not always like being there, but the character was very interesting.

MyName 8 years, 4 months ago

I think when asked about a movie, J.D. Salinger's reply was something like "over my dead body..."

Okay, not really.

cantbelievemyeyes 8 years, 4 months ago

What a depressing book. I was SO disappointed when I read it, because of all the hype over it. I wish I had never picked it up.

preebo 8 years, 4 months ago

My wife and I (mostly I) are such fans of "Catcher" that we almost named our son, Holden, but then quickly realized that everyone else was doing the same thing, so we went with Miles, instead.

Seriously though, for my money, Salinger was the best American writer to emerge since Thoreau or Twain.

ozzynbn 8 years, 4 months ago

Weirdest book I ever read. Didn't like it at all.

Mariposa 8 years, 4 months ago

I found it to be abominably boring and being unable to understand it at all successful petitioned the professor for a change of books. My choice? Clockwork Orange.

A20271 8 years, 4 months ago

I loved it. It's one of my favorite books.

denak 8 years, 4 months ago

I read it when I was in 8th grade and just didn't get it. I guess there wasn't enough angst in my life.


Flap Doodle 8 years, 4 months ago

I liked the part where Darth told Luke that he was Luke's father.

somedude20 8 years, 4 months ago

not as good as frankenhooker was

"if you see one movie this year, it should be Frankenhooker." Bill Murry

cantbelievemyeyes 8 years, 4 months ago

I could put it down, I just couldn't leave it unfinished. LOL I'm a bit OCD that way. That being said, the book was well written, just extremely disturbing. I can't stand to read all the 'Chicken soup" feel-good type books, but this book left me feeling depressed and disturbed. Just my opinion, and I know there are MANY others of don't feel the same way. I just had to get it out. =o)

dlkrm 8 years, 4 months ago

I agree with 75x55 about 20th century literature. I've never read Catcher in the Rye, but I intend to soon. We'll see....

WilburM 8 years, 4 months ago

Read it as a boarding school freshman in 1960 or so. Hit the nail on the head. Here was an actual writer speaking to a 14 year old in a way that he got immediately. What a concept.

And it was often outrageously funny, if ultimately sad.

Amy Heeter 8 years, 4 months ago

I mostly read it because my mom said we should read banned books. It was a good book and I never understood what everyone was so upset about, but they sure were because it is one of the most challenged books ever.

Tom McCune 8 years, 4 months ago

Too many words. Not enough explosions.

Jeff Kilgore 8 years, 4 months ago

PopcoRN and others,

I don't know if it's "great" in the sense that Shakespeare et al are "great." But there's a strong character who has been terribly damaged by the death of his brother, and because he just can't function, he decides that he would like to be "the catcher in the rye" and catch all the children who are near to falling over the edge as he has.

So, on the one hand is a spoiled, prep kid, but in his heart he has more compassion for his fellow man than for himself. I don't think that many people see the good in Holden. That isn't Salinger's fault.

Jeff Kilgore 8 years, 4 months ago

Uh, sorry spoiler alert would've been appropriate.

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