The catcher in the rye is one of my favourite books as you probably already know from my checking out the classics post on the novel but it also turns 65 this year. Holden wants to feel the deepest type of love possible, the love that died when he lost his sibling years ago. 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"Holden Caulfield's my name." I first read it when I was a sophomore in high school, and loved it then. ! Many of those novels are still fresh in my mind! Fish and fowl, adored and criticized, Salinger was remembered by some military academy classmates as a guy whose conversation "was laced with sarcasm" but by others as "a regular guy" and by teachers as "quiet, thoughtful, always anxious to please." ", But what of Margaret Salinger's theory regarding anti-Semitism? I finished the program, published a short story collection and a YA novel, and then something wild happened, a cymbal crash of validation: I sold a book about you, an updated version of Catcher in the Rye. Drawing on the work of Donald Pease, critic Leerom Medovoi has described how a new Cold War American canon arose around this time--a canon in which American Renaissance works like Moby-Dick and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were cast as a "coherent tradition that dramatized the emergence of American freedom as a literary ideal, somehow already waging its heroic struggle against a prefigured totalitarianism." 1 . … He was—well, is he Jewish? "I don't know what I think about it": Is this the author of the military academy class hymn wondering about the act and value of writing? I thought he had a chip on his shoulder. r�9��b��K �ٓ��J��\o/2x���B��~ &oP;̔��Y�r^�H`�(�Bb�(����$�T�K�G��G�?�+X����v��S���H��cx���ޛ9ϥ*1��=�@{ ~�9����m3�az��e���Y�1�5�VP�+ϩ���V��4J��vF�V�6XJ�&��[ But, now, that was in hardcover. This way you were neither fish nor fowl." I think I owe a lot of my love for the classics to Mr. Michaud. I know it’s crazy.” I was in half love with this ‘Holden Caulfield’ by the time I am through. Salinger’s book. 0000002740 00000 n She characterizes Salinger as sensitive about his Jewishness with good cause—noting, for example, that a few years before her father’s arrival at the military academy, a Jew who had graduated second in his class found his picture printed on a perforated page of the yearbook so that it could be torn out. "It was no asset to be Jewish either, but at least you belonged somewhere. I'm a working gal." And is there not something, if not phony, then at least a little strange, about Holden's enshrinement in American culture? Holden's lousy childhood experience emphasizes his love for childhood innocence throughout the book. I love the metaphor when he says he wants to be "the catcher in the rye" on the baseball so in case the kids fell he could catch them. 9 quotes worth re-reading in the Catcher in the Rye. And it can only be counted ironic that the result came to exemplify American authenticity: Like James Dean, Holden Caulfield is for many the very picture of the postwar rebel. Instead the book starts to feel narrow and maniacally one-note; reading it today, one wonders whether its real contribution lies in its anticipation of Christopher Lasch's The Culture of Narcissism. This book is personally my favorite. This piece was originally published, in somewhat different form, in The New Literary History of America, edited by Werner Sollors and Greil Marcus (Harvard University Press, 2009, copyright, the president and fellows of Harvard College). Catcher demonstrates, among other things, how variously and mysteriously novels finally work and how even sophisticated audiences tend to genuflect to art but yield to testimony. But others saw its success as a promising development, indicative of something enduringly young, defiant, and truth-loving in the American spirit. Has Holden, the avatar of American authenticity, become an avatar of American inauthenticity? Academia, too, pressed on. I love The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. 2047 0 obj << /Linearized 1 /O 2050 /H [ 1163 433 ] /L 555295 /E 41580 /N 115 /T 514235 >> endobj xref 2047 16 0000000016 00000 n "It wasn't nice to be part-Jewish in those days," she says. If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, an what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were Did not Catcher seem like the sort of book that might do well in the new format? It wasn’t romantic love. Holden at story's end is under interrogation--more isolated than independent, more defeated than defiant."D.B. In the novel, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. 0000001573 00000 n 0000002709 00000 n ‘What are you going to do?’ I said. 0000040979 00000 n MOTHER . Many features of the narrative--the obsession with control in its rhetorical patterns, as well as its preoccupation with duplicity and compulsion to "name names"--bespoke, for Nadel, a psychic imprisonment in which the performance of truth-telling could never yield truth. Still, Medovoi's ideas may, in conjunction with the book's Mona Lisa-like ambiguity, help explain how Catcher came to occupy what by other measures seems a strangely high place in American letters, for the book strays notably from mainstream literary values. It did change my life!! As in, he wants to catch them from losing their innocence. "Well, look, Mr. Cawffle. Well, Happy Mansion itself have a variety to offer in terms of food and then add in the foodie square next to it, where cafes like Tujoh is located, oooo yess, soo many choices. The critic Alan Nadel--noting that the Cold War blossomed in the period between 1946 when, for unknown reasons, Salinger withdrew from publication a 90-page version of the book, and 1951, when it was published--interestingly saw in Holden, not so much heroic nonconformity, as a reflection of McCarthyism. Moreover, in 1956, some dam in critical interest seemed to burst. Salinger . I was 14 and on a really awful holiday with someone I thought was my friend at the time, but of course she wasn't a true friend as herself and her … The Catcher in the Rye. This can, of course, have value--sensitizing an audience to the real limits of its freedom, for example--but can support solipsism, too. H��M(�qǟ���l��,Jꟓ�NjVspT�8,r!��8�P�m᰼\(y�)�R$���H�v���a�-�����O���}��"+)���bˏl��U+4�!G��C�;nt�azI�J�7f�$���V$BXClb��V봉 h�U ����޹�)f�p�5WA���fu�Ƙ�s����:�M�u6�'of\��+o���賮ذ>���Ȏ��*?yN�5܎�����\��+J�!R)��N|�x�қ�t��d_ I mean I couldn't sit there on that desk for the rest of my life, and besides, I was afraid my parents might barge in on me all of a sudden and I wanted to at least say hello to her before they did. My answer is, “Beats the heck outa me.” I never could see what all the fuss was about J.D. It is, to begin with, often precious and sentimental. t@i"�0�J8� ��*�lӰ�. I’m teaching Catcher in the Rye for the umpteenth time, and every year the kids are fixated on this one point: Is Mr. Antolini gay? #2: “I think that one of these days...you’re going to have to find out where you want to go. One of Holden's greatest internal quandaries regards how to resolve the paradox of love and sex. Salinger *.. LOVE it. My 16-year-old son--who has, coincidentally, been reading Catcher for his 10th grade English class even as I write--puts it this way: "You feel [with Catcher] like you're in on the real story," but that in the end Catcher is a "break" from reality rather than a source of information about it. m���n��b�/ I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be. Additionally complicating the picture is the fact that Salinger seems to have grown up revered by his Irish-Catholic mother but disparaged by his Jewish father, who wanted him to enter the family food-import business. In contrast to, say, The Great Gatsby, this is manifestly not a book to be studied for insight into the novel form. My first instinct is to say no, b/c they think EVERYONE is gay. For some, The Catcher in the Rye can act as our sponsor. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. While visiting his sister, Phoebe, in New York City, Holden divulges to her that all he really wants to be in life is the “catcher in the rye.” He later clarifies his statement by explaining what he thinks the song means, what he thinks the catcher in the rye really does: protects the young and innocent from harm. What critic George Steiner was to call the "Salinger industry" began to swell fantastically, until it sat like a large, determined bird on a bunker-like egg. 0000001596 00000 n It does not develop appreciatively through its middle; Holden neither deepens nor comes to share the stage with other characters. "Tomorrow's Sunday," I told her. For his age of Sixteen, I didn’t know anyone who is more clear thinking and muddle headed than he was. I read Catcher In The Rye on my 18th birthday. For more TNR, become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Ian Hamilton's unofficial biography of Salinger, too, cites a letter from the father of a girl to whom Salinger once proposed, describing him as "an odd fellow. You know how it is." ‎ 'If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want t… Gish Jen's new novel, World and Town, will be published by Knopf in the fall. Other explanations of the book's popularity, though, must of course include its outrageous humor and the cult appeal of Salinger’s anti-celebrity, anti-consumerist stance: His contempt for hippies and support for the Vietnam War notwithstanding, he became--first for the '60s counterculture and then for others--the consummate dropout. The man falling isn’t permitted to feel or hear himself hit bottom. Chapter 7. His wife is much older, and Holden mentions that Mr. and Mrs. Antolini are never in the same room together. Alfred Kazin, among other critics, took the harsh view, characterizing Salinger's audience as "the vast number who have been released by our society to think of themselves as endlessly sensitive, spiritually alone, [and] gifted, and whose suffering lies in the narrowing of their consciousness to themselves.". To some degree, academia took its cue from the culture; Catcher's skyrocketing sales amid the mid-'50s "youthquake" fairly demanded explanation. The "brilliant, funny, meaningful novel" (The New Yorker) that established J. D. Salinger as a leading voice in American literature--and that has instilled in millions of readers around the world a lifelong love of books. 0000000675 00000 n Still, Harcourt Brace, which rejected the book, did not yet have much to live down: The overall critical reception was decidedly un-extraordinary. - J. D. Salinger To remember J. D. Salinger is, of course, to remember The Catcher in the Rye—though not, perhaps, how some critics didn't like it in 1951. And then you’ve got to start going there. I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all. Kid's notebooks kill me. A haunting and deeply personal portrait of family tragedy from the much-loved author of The Catcher in the Rye. I should've given her a phony name, but I didn't think of it. Never mind that Holden is white, male, straight, sophisticated, rich, and a product of the '40s; he personifies anguished resistance to '50s America--indeed, for many, America's truest self. And though he was later rumored to have gone quite bonkers—drinking urine, espousing Scientology, sitting in a Reichian orgone box, and more--he managed to retain an aura of martyred integrity, which the recurring censorship of Catcher only intensified. THE CATCHER IN THE RYE . Other critics did say it made them "chuckle and ... even laugh aloud," and many immediately compared Holden to Huck Finn. A poignant part of Salinger's genius seems, in any case, to include the way that he transmuted--as he perhaps felt he had to--his particular issues and injuries into a more enigmatic "autobiography" of alienation. However, there is some textual evidence to suggest that he is. And indeed, the insistence of phrases such as "I really mean it" and "to tell the truth" do finally seem to signal quicksand more than terra firma. Unless, that is, one is interested is how a book can hit home with no evidence of its author ever having read Henry James's The Art of Fiction. [his brother] asked me what I thought about all this stuff I just finished telling you about. What I think is so great about Holden is that he is so carefree and he just wants to live his life to the fullest. Catcher In The Rye may have saved my life I read Catcher In The Rye at one of the peak moments of my teenage depression. Then I lit another cigarette--it was my last one. Holden recognizes a kind of innocence in Sunny. To remember J. D. Salinger is, of course, to remember The Catcher in the Rye—though not, perhaps, how some critics didn't like it in 1951. A prostitute who won’t use profanities! That is because my students saw Holden as a limited character, a bitter figure of wealth and privilege whining his way to the point of misery and despondency. ‘I know,’ Seymour said. H��Wmo�8�n��a�/�l����$ظ�l������J�-6*�#�xu�~gHJ�c%͡�+���33�<3����ryw������������R����T�bл��f��R����Z��E��7��3�����f3�6��p�F�6)�O���&���b��Vs����7�7p�asu{�ֿ}���.6�{7����jq��;�1���a����|5���(v� 0000001163 00000 n The Catcher in the Rye por J. D. Salinger ... the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth." MY . ‘She’s ten months old, for God’s sake,’ I said. Whether Salinger intended his creation to assume anything like this role--indeed, if he had any notion of the projection of a national identity as a desirable literary goal (as did his contemporary, John Updike, for example)--is unclear. Not you.” #3: “This fall I think you’re riding for—it’s a special kind of fall, a horrible kind. He was such a passionate teacher! >E�ܳB��/�w�r1��_��d>;�/؛t�;�2_D��X����l-��kVf]V���%���d��M�ڟ}���x1����1����S����Q��T�������^�����6&�==/O����՛S=[N�p��������bDu[�-��S3��i���/��l�S;� U`�*��q�h�{q^�� 'I sat up in bed. When I first read The Catcher in the Rye, I felt like I was truly Holden – so angry at the world with a mind exploding with thoughts, feeling so lonely as I listed and relisted the people in my life who truly care about me. But Holden’s rejection of the Dickens novel as “crap” signals that Holden’s role as a narrator will reject the trappings of the traditional coming-of-age story. Why Do I Read? In short, one part of Catcher's appeal lies in its purveyance of fantasy. And witness the notable vehemence with which Holden talks about the war--declaring, for instance, "I'm sort of glad they've got the atomic bomb invented. But immediately. During my second journey into The Catcher in the Rye, I discovered my best friend within those creamy white pages. Childhood is where every conscious child wants to be an adult and Adulthood is where every adult secretly wants to be a child again - Abhimanyu Singh. by J.D. Strikingly, this sometimes scathing student wrote a class song so convincingly straight ("Goodbyes are said, we march ahead/Success we go to find./Our forms are gone from Valley Forge/Our hearts are left behind) it is still sung at graduation. You can’t afford to lose a minute. I gotta get my beauty sleep. I read “Catcher in the Rye” more than 40 years go. Which means he can’t have sex with her – “I felt more depressed than sexy, if you want to know the truth.” The whole, too, is slight. His daughter, Margaret Salinger, likewise traces the alienation in the book to him, though it does not reflect for her either her father's innate temperament or difficult adolescence so much as his experiences of anti-Semitism and, as an adult, war. What with the recent invention of the "perfect binding"--a book binding using glue rather than stitching--there was the paperback to consider, as well. In a 1940 letter to a friend, a 21-year-old Salinger described his novel-in-progress as "autobiographical"; and decades later, too, in an interview with a high school reporter--the only interview he's ever given--Salinger said, "My boyhood was very much the same as that of the boy in the book." Numerous youthful acquaintances remember him as sardonic, rant-prone, a loner. And so it did, going on to sell over 60 million copies. (Psst… if the following lines don’t do enough to back up this sentiment, read what advertising extraordinaire, David Ogilvy, had to say on the matter.) I liked how Holden who is in a fragile state of mind, overtime, thinks as an adult, given his ability to accurately perceive people and their motives. What's more, while the critic Alfred Kazin is, I think, on the mark in ascribing the excitement of Salinger's stories to his "intense, his almost compulsive need to fill in each inch of his canvas, each moment of his scene," the writing in Catcher is nowhere near so alive with moti mentali. TO . He likens Holden's appeal to that of Harry Potter: Just as Harry speaks to children because Harry is like them only able to do magic, Holden interests my son because Holden rebels and "gets away with it" in a way my son guesses—rightly--he would never. Catcher in the Rye was an excellent and well written book that helped my transition from adolescence to adulthood even though I was completely unaware at the time. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. Sales-wise, too, Catcher did reasonably but not exceptionally well. I've had quite a few opportunities to lose my virginity and all, but I've never got around to it yet. �&]�A��z�*AsV��`�i`�*-; �s� He did, though, like Holden, flunk out of prep school. %PDF-1.3 %���� 0000041187 00000 n If there's ever another war, I'm going to sit right the hell on top of it. 642 quotes from the catcher in the rye. 0000005191 00000 n Yes, I mined my embarrassing young dream about exploring Manhattan with Holden Caulfield and was rewarded with a minor miracle. 0000002972 00000 n ", Interestingly, though, Salinger's sister, in an interview, focuses on his in-between-ness as well. I'll volunteer for it, I swear to God I will. 0000005215 00000 n Where Salinger fought in some of the bloodiest and most senseless campaigns of World War II and apparently suffered a nervous breakdown toward its end, shortly after which--while still in Europe--he is known to have been working on Catcher--it is hardly surprising that Holden's reactions should evoke not only adolescent turmoil but also the awful seesaw of a vet's return to civilian life. We are enthralled by voices that tell it like it is--or, in the case of Catcher, that seem to. I love the beauty of the writing and Holden Claufield , so imperfect that he is perfect! He provocatively describes how Catcher came to join those works and how the lot of them, read as national allegories, located the very essence of American-ness in principled dissent even as McCarthyism cast it as un-American. If you want to know the truth, I'm a virgin. He edited the yearbook, too, with what so completely passed as earnest conscientiousness that though it is tempting to view his activities as virtuoso performances of deep subterfuge--given his youthful interest in acting, especially--they might also be imagined to have been painfully disconcerting. He didn't mingle much with the other guests [at their Daytona Beach hotel]. My favorite teacher, Mr. (Steve) Michaud introduced me to the classic novels like “The Catcher in the Rye”, “The Great Gatsby”, “Moby Dick”, “Catch -22″, and so many more. Holden may be a rebel without a cause, but he is not a rebel without an explanation: It is easy to read the death of his brother as a stand-in for unspeakable trauma. Then, finally, I woke her up. Holden had too many issues! I'm not in the habit of making engagements in the middle of the night. So many Catcher studies appeared that the '50s were dubbed "the Decade of Salinger"; contemporaneous writers complained of neglect as Holden Caulfield was compared not only to Huck Finn but to Billy Budd, David Copperfield, Natty Bumpo, Quentin Compson, Ishmael, Peter Pan, Hamlet, Jesus Christ, Adam, and Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom put together. In years past, it was a struggle. I must've smoked about three cartons that day. Where did all this start? I picked it up again when I was a junior in college in order to try to better understand one of my friends who was a Holden-esque character himself, and loved it … I really am. The catcher in the rye is a 1951 novel by american author j. Salinger, Holden dislikes The Catcher in the Rye has been a hit in my classroom lately, but this wasn’t always the case.. Whenever we feel like falling into a pit of despair, as is customary around the holidays, we can just pick up Catcher and it'll talk us down. Holden's description of himself as "the most terrific liar you ever saw" might well have applied to Salinger, and Salinger's own judgment of his divided nature, in this era before "situational selves," might well have involved the word that haunts his book, "phony.". Here Salinger's funhouse proves, yet once again--perhaps enduringly--ours. Like The Catcher in the Rye, David Copperfield is a coming-of-age novel whose protagonist also acts as the first-person narrator. "Well, anyway. Catholic World noted its "formidably excessive use of amateur swearing and coarse language," and there seemed to be some question as to whether an alienated, hard-drinking, chain-smoking flunkie like Holden Caulfield was going to prove a good influence on the young. trailer << /Size 2063 /Info 2030 0 R /Root 2048 0 R /Prev 514223 /ID[<0d57ef987b1a463590b966e8a2580ce5><00d63f4384c4b737fbf3401865c18c72>] >> startxref 0 %%EOF 2048 0 obj << /Type /Catalog /Pages 2043 0 R /Metadata 2031 0 R /OpenAction [ 2050 0 R /XYZ null null null ] /PageMode /UseNone /PageLabels 2029 0 R /StructTreeRoot 2049 0 R /PieceInfo << /MarkedPDF << /LastModified (D:20010630080453)>> >> /LastModified (D:20010630080453) /MarkInfo << /Marked true /LetterspaceFlags 0 >> >> endobj 2049 0 obj << /Type /StructTreeRoot /ClassMap 345 0 R /RoleMap 344 0 R /K 1908 0 R /ParentTree 1909 0 R /ParentTreeNextKey 115 >> endobj 2061 0 obj << /S 554 /L 602 /C 618 /Filter /FlateDecode /Length 2062 0 R >> stream Leave a Comment on Catcher in the Rye @ Section 17, PJ – Yumm! I felt like the character was speaking to me. I had fallen in love with the protagonist, Holden Caulfield. 1. More importantly, Salinger seems to have shared Holden's disaffection. 0000038300 00000 n And he was also, like Holden, manager of his high school fencing team, in which capacity he apparently really did once lose the team gear en route to a meet. I still felt the book was funny, but it was no longer humor which made me declare this my favorite novel. �k�����T��SpF0����!���H��`9���bٯ.�>�4��(�\��-�#����9�g�Kk�@F[����J�r/x�a �[��1� Critics like George Steiner saw the bookas all too fitting for the paperback market--short, easy to read, and flattering "the very ignorance and moral shallowness of his young readers." No doubt other scholars, being scholars, disagree. 0000001915 00000 n Young, crude, misunderstood, he stands up to conformist pressures, is drawn to innocence, etcetera. It changed my life because I had always felt different an outsider. Of course, there were differences: unlike Holden, Salinger was, among other things, a half-Jewish, half-Catholic brotherless World War II vet who attended a military academy. "��T��w�АN��`< #� ��k�Z�:*s. I really am. 0000001018 00000 n 0000001958 00000 n I just related so much and I never expected that. ‘I thought maybe I’d read something to her,’ Seymour said, and took down a book. � Qe�W�hcɥ��j������5 n�����Že�S�9�����]�0�"�ds8L��&=�L��E�78u���xʱ� ����(�e�g�U�P;$%V��u�"�-~/��k�u-�qnX�>e��c^ΰ$�b�_1j�J�W��ҹ˫\c�㽅�[#t[�A�r�����Μ�Ty�ɩ�f�\X��TQg�9�3��R��ur`�u�1�QU��H� �VD��܆�D� If you want to know the truth, I don't know what I think about it," he says, touchingly. Something always happens. Salinger characterized himself as "a dash man and not a miler"; and indeed, though Catcher's opening explodes with life, the whole reads like a novella that only just managed to shed its diminutive. I loveeee Section 17, not the whole bit, just the part surrounding Happy Mansion. 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