J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye, died 1/27/10. Anyone else think that book sucked?

  • bijockmuscle

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    Jan 28, 2010 7:38 PM GMT
    So overrated and hugley suckable
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    Jan 28, 2010 7:42 PM GMT
    Agreed. I would add: Overwrought.
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    Jan 28, 2010 8:15 PM GMT
    It's on my list of 'classics' to read. I have to choke down some Jane Austen first, though.
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    Jan 28, 2010 8:16 PM GMT
    I loved it.
    I read it when I was 14 (and countless times since) and nearly every word spoke to me. It was authentic and equally as exhilarating as it was frustrating and heartbreaking. Feeling disillusioned by the very things you are supposed to aspire to be is something, I think, most of us can relate to at some point in our lives.

    Not every work of literature is going to be palatable for everyone, but this one isn't a classic (still selling 250,000 copies a year 50 years later) by accident.

  • Tyinstl

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    Jan 28, 2010 8:17 PM GMT
    GwgTrunks saidIt's on my list of 'classics' to read. I have to choke down some Jane Austen first, though.


    You're crazy, Pride and Prejudice ruled.

    But yeah, catcher in the rye was lame. I think it was popular because it was one of the first teen angst novels, but they're a dime a dozen now so it's harder to get worked up about it.
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    Jan 28, 2010 8:19 PM GMT
    Overwrought and only 200 pages? I am not a huge Salinger fan but he had enormous sense of economy in his writing.
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    Jan 28, 2010 8:21 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidOverwrought and only 200 pages? I am not a huge Salinger fan but he had enormous sense of economy in his writing.

    look at all my posts...so do i!
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    Jan 28, 2010 8:22 PM GMT
    bijockmuscle said
    MunchingZombie saidOverwrought and only 200 pages? I am not a huge Salinger fan but he had enormous sense of economy in his writing.

    look at all my posts...so do i!


    Trying to start a flame war with an incomplete sentence isn't quite the same thing.
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    Jan 28, 2010 8:26 PM GMT
    Tyinstl said,,,I think it was popular because it was one of the first teen angst novels, but they're a dime a dozen now so it's harder to get worked up about it.

    Well, when we were living back then, and that's all we had, it was pretty damn good. Nice to critique it 50 years later, but ya know, if you weren't back there at the time, shut the fuck up, OK?
  • bijockmuscle

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    Jan 28, 2010 8:29 PM GMT
    GwgTrunks saidIt's on my list of 'classics' to read. I have to choke down some Jane Austen first, though.


    put it on classics you need to wipe your ass with....
  • groundcombat

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    Jan 28, 2010 8:32 PM GMT
    I thought it was awesome. Easily the best read of my K-12 education. I should read it again.
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    Jan 28, 2010 8:38 PM GMT
    I have to say this was one of the few school-assigned books that I really enjoyed.
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    Jan 28, 2010 8:38 PM GMT
    Yeah, some people think JD Salinger sucks. But then again, some people think Dan Brown is good. There's no accounting for taste, now, is there?
  • DrewT

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    Jan 28, 2010 8:45 PM GMT
    I've only read a few stories by Salinger: Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey. I found them both to be quiet similar and not to my taste at all. I don't really like his work. I'm a writer, and one can learn a lot even if one doesn't like a particular piece of work. I have his "Nine Stories" to read as well at some point.

    Unfortunately, Salinger didn't really leave his home much, and with his death, I think we may see some of his work come to light in the coming months or years.
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    Jan 28, 2010 8:48 PM GMT
    Salinger spoke to an entire group of young men (and women) in a way their parents couldn't because of the time. I am not a fan of 98% of the Cannon, but Salinger is not typical Classic.

    Look at the modern adaptation of Catcher (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) written by Pittsburgh native Stephen Chboski. Chboski does for today's young what Salinger did decades ago! He gives them a voice and allows their voices to be heard. icon_eek.gif
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    Jan 28, 2010 8:48 PM GMT
    I am actually sorry to hear that he is gone.

    I never thought "Catcher in the Rye" sucked, but I never understood why it was so controversial. I mean, I am sure that for the time it was written and published it was quite shocking, but I just never understood why so many people got so bent out of shape about it... enough to ban it, even.
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    Jan 28, 2010 8:49 PM GMT
    Simply_Drew saidI don't really like his work. I'm a writer, and one can learn a lot even if one doesn't like a particular piece of work


    I've found that too. Salinger, Hurston, Twain...many of the 'classics' that we read in high school weren't to my taste at all then, but I can appreciate their literary value nonetheless upon re-reading now.
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    Jan 28, 2010 8:49 PM GMT
    Simply_Drew saidI've only read a few stories by Salinger: Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey. I found them both to be quiet similar and not to my taste at all. I don't really like his work. I'm a writer, and one can learn a lot even if one doesn't like a particular piece of work. I have his "Nine Stories" to read as well at some point.

    Unfortunately, Salinger didn't really leave his home much, and with his death, I think we may see some of his work come to light in the coming months or years.


    i hope you are right brother!
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    Jan 28, 2010 8:50 PM GMT
    bijockmuscle saidSo overrated


    Like you in bed, that's what I heard!

    I really loved The Catcher in the Rye!
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    Jan 28, 2010 8:52 PM GMT
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    bijockmuscle saidSo overrated


    Like you in bed, that's what I heard!

    I really loved The Catcher in the Rye!


    is that what your mother told you after i fucked her slutty ass
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    Jan 28, 2010 8:53 PM GMT
    Tim you're wrong. bjm doesn't do it in bed because you can't sneak a bed into a public bathroom.
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    Jan 28, 2010 8:57 PM GMT
    bijockmuscle said
    TigerTim said
    bijockmuscle saidSo overrated


    Like you in bed, that's what I heard!

    I really loved The Catcher in the Rye!


    is that what your mother told you after i fucked her slutty ass


    O, so you're a necrophiliac?!? DEPRAVED!

    Still, that's what you expect from a narcissistic headless corpse, no?
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    Jan 28, 2010 8:58 PM GMT
    My brother had a friend that was killed cause some stupid idiots wanted to act out a scene from the book. I think the book was okay, but nothing spectacular or insightful to me. I think people really should read a book before buying it... damn media marketing frenzies. It's hard to find a good book in the 'hype' section... bleh!
  • turbid2wenty

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    Jan 28, 2010 9:00 PM GMT
    I thought it was a great book. Though, I haven't read it recently...I'd be curious to see if increased age changes my opinion of it or not.
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    Jan 28, 2010 9:00 PM GMT
    Ahh, there it is. You don't like someone's opinion of a subject, so you attack the opinion-holder. Typical fags.