Title: The Catcher in the Rye
Author: J. D. Salinger
Page Count/Review Word Count: 202
A lot of different people say a lot of different things about this book – for me, I find myself siding with the people who thought that Caulfield was too whiny, and I also thought that the little plot that there was just seemed too transient. That said, I read this when I was sixteen, and so I did at least find a few different ways to relate to the protagonist, who might as well be the only character in the book. And this is one of the dilemmas that I faced – I could relate to Caulfield, but I also didn’t like him, so what did that say about me?
The Catcher in the Rye has a well-deserved place on any serious book lover’s bookcase, and everyone should read it at least once (and preferably in their teens), but I’ve never felt like re-reading it, and I’m not particularly bothered that Salinger never released anything else of note. I would have read it, but I wouldn’t dare to look forward to it or to harbour high hopes.