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Perhaps It's Just Not for Me,
This review is from: The Catcher in the Rye (Paperback)
This is a classic American novel beloved by many. I read it first time in high school and read it over a few more time over the past decade just to understand the appeal. Even if I am not enthralled by a famous novel, I am usually able to understand why people like it, and I kept an open mind. I still fail to see the appeal. Perhaps this book is just not for me.
All I see is a whiny, confused child angry with the world without really knowing why. The child seems inteligent and caring and will probabaly grow into a fine person eventually. But the pointlessness and lack of substantiation for his anger makes it seem like a simple teen angst. It felt melodramatic and self-centered during my teen angst days, and now that a decade has passed, it looks just downright immature. O his brother sold out to Hollywood and does not write things that he likes anymore! O his father is just an upper-middle class corporate manager! Well, grow up, will you? Perhaps this was new and fresh back when there were many fewer outlets for teen angst and rebellion, but now it's just boring.
There is no denying Salinger is a fine writer, and the story flows and reads very nicely. But I just do not see a timeless literary classic.