Catcher in the Rye Book Review
Over a month I have really enjoyed reading this novel. It’s a very perceptive book, but only in one point of view: Holden’s. I never felt attached to the book in any form, and when I wasn’t reading it, there was nothing that drew me back to want to read more. However when I wasn’t reading I would ponder about the book a lot and question the meaning and depth that Salinger was trying to get across. It’s a very interesting style of writing, as there is a plot to what’s going on but there’s no obvious or exciting climax. You have to sort of find your own climax. I feel as though the main moral of the story is to find your morals and ethics of life, to develop your own thoughts and perceptions of life. This means that for the reader you find your own climax in the book, when it gets through to your way of thinking and affects your thoughts. I found that the story was told in a way that Holden was reviewing his life and re-telling this specific point in his life. At some points he came to a stage where he couldn’t remember what he said next in the dialogue, or he knew what the outcome of a situation was, but he couldn’t remember the precise words that he used. When the first example of this was used I questioned everything he had previously said. Was it just a biased one sided look on all the events he had already re-told? Could he truly remember every dialogue he had ever exchanged, and what made it so imperative to himself that made him remember what had happened and made him want to re-tell it?
The main character was Holden Caulfield, and there were few other characters that I actually met in the story. Holden often talked about other characters though. This was one of the main writing strategies used by Salinger, instead of introducing a new character he would get the character he already had, to talk about them or review past memories about this new character. I felt as though Holden was a