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the Cather in the Rye
March 24, 2011, 3:08 am
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the CATCHER in the RYE by J.D. Salinger

Teenager Holden Caulfield is kicked out of yet another Private school. This one being Pency which is “a very good school”. Holden has trouble focusing in school which has resulted in him being kicked out of countless schools. The story starts out with Holden at his last day at Pency which happens to be a Sunday and continues on with his journey back to New York where he must wait until Wednesday to go home. The end of the story (which I find to be non-existent) just drops off.

Honestly, it would be me that would  lucky enough to end up reading two books for RFL both about crazy people and their journeys into the nut house (Referring to the deplorable book Going Bovine).

Over all I just can’t see why people seem to think this is a such a great book. There really is no plot to the story, basically the majority of the book is taken up by Holden thinking about the past and about useless facts about people who don’t even appear in the story. I understand that this is supposed to be a piece of “Classic American Literature” but come one this is a dull and and somewhat dry piece lacking any substance whatsoever.

I must say that I’m unsatisfied with my experience reading this novel. Hopefully next year when I’m forced to read it again my thoughts on the book will improve.

-Daniel Giovanni Buxton (Class of 2013)

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