“Holden” to your Horses!
So, Catcher in the Rye was really all about female suppression in communist
As today’s guest blogger, and as someone who has read every “jot and tittle” written about Catcher in the Rye this week…I thought a re-cap (with a purpose) would be in order. Besides…who doesn’t love reading what they have written? I promise…there IS a point.
“Of course (Jerry) writes for himself, we all write for ourselves, but I believe he stopped writing for the same reason that he started writing… to gain notoriety.”
“At last I understood. I understood what I missed before because of the last two lines in the book. ‘Don’t tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.’… I know what it is like to miss people so much it can drive you crazy, because somehow, in some cosmic way they own a part of you.”
“I don’t get literary symbolism… What I think is that the way Holden feels about other people is the way he really feels about himself…” (And Kaycee thought she didn’t “get” symbolism…)
“Holden just can’t take it anymore… His imagery of catching all the children (in the rye) so they didn’t get hurt or lost is very touching. In my opinion, that’s what kept him going…That vision, if you will, saw him through. Maybe that’s Salinger’s image of hope.”
“So I hated Catcher in the
…Maybe (Holden) was just a spoiled brat. Maybe he was not held to a high enough standard…I hated it, but I feel that old JD succeeded as an author. He evoked some kind of emotion.” Rye
“I just want to give the “phonies” a chance to be understood today… While Holden disparages the traits of the “phonies” he himself is literally running around town lying, charming, and manipulating… he sees younger children as innocent and ‘real’… youth angst… They are stuck in the middle; betrayed by both worlds… Holden is a peacemaker at heart… Next time I see him, I’m just going to say “hi” and see where it goes from there…”
This is the first time I’ve read Catcher. If someone were to ask the inevitable question, “So, did you like the book?” this is what I would answer. There is a reason this book is a “classic”, and it’s not because it’s a joy to read. It’s depressing and mostly sad, and the teenage boy first-person narrative often digresses for pages and pages, leaving you wondering where it could possibly take you of significance. The point is…it doesn’t. Therein lies the genius of JD Salinger’s writing. The ramblings of Holden and his misadventures takes us inside the world that most of us could never otherwise understand.
I love conversation, but novels and blogging are better for the reasons I just mentioned. Writing is a medium where we, just like Holden, can be heard and understood as we truly are. That is, if we allow ourselves…AND if someone is reading. That’s why we all love to get receive numerous comments in our blogs . “Someone IS out there who understands me, right?”
Holden (all of the “Holdens” out there), I hear you! As irritating, irrational, or mentally ill as you may be…I am trying to understand you! Until I get my superhero power…I’m giving it my best shot.
And as I’ve pulled quotes from the contributors of VSoM…I think they demonstrate that everyone here has tried to do the same. We’re on our way to world peace.
(Or is it “whirled peas”?)
Posted by Guest Blogger: Suzie Petunia from "Suzie's Petunias"