Thursday, January 8, 2009
So I just finished reading Catcher in the Rye. And now I'm a bit confused. Hopefully, you, my bloggy friends, can help me.
Now I don't want to go around bashing novels that are considered borderline god-like, but I really don't get this book. And it could be because I'm reading it 15 years too late. I never read it in high school, though I'm not sure why. I remember it being offered, by I think I selected an alternative book that was being offered at the same time. Anyway, I have recently been on a reading frenzy and am trying to go back and read some of the classics that I've never gotten to.
If you've read this book, you know it's a quick read, and that the entire book is about this teenager who is the most miserable, depressed, sonofabitch in Manhattan. Everything makes him angry, annoys him, or makes him want to punch someone in the face (which I can sort of understand).
I get the whole teen angst thing. I've been there. But there is nothing in this novel but whining and bitching and rants. There is also a scene with a prostitute, copious amounts of smoking and drinking, and lots of swearing, which makes it interesting to me that high school students are encouraged to read this. He's obviously hurt, depressed and deeply lonely. And that's all very sad. But I'm truly having a hard time understanding the point of this novel, and why it is such a classic.
Anyone want to chime in and give me some insight here?
PS - you are encouraged to make me feel stupid and all un-literate-like here.