I haven’t read that book yet, but going by the kind of people who go on about it, it seems to be the number one choice of book for letting people know how brooding and deep you are. Kinda hard to want to read a book favoured by pretentious dickheads. But that’s not Sallinger’s fault.
Now there are going to be groups all over the place with roughly the exact same message and nearly the same posts. Who would want to be remembered that way?
#17 The significance of the ducks:
The ducks are important to Holden because he is straddling youth and adulthood and he doesn’t want to make the leap. He likes the things that he can count on to always stay the same: the museum, the park, the merry-go-round, the lion statues, and the ducks that return year after year. Change (ie a change from a boy to a man) makes him nervous and he is drawn to innocence, and that which he can depend on to always stay the same.
re: Salinger and “Catcher,” the most popular work is often not the best one. I suppose everyone here thinks sgt. pepper is the best beatles album, as well. “Catcher” is so popular because almost everybody identifies with Holden at some point, usually around age 15. Those much older than fifteen tend to find the book whiny, because it is–it’s an accurate view into a teenager’s mentality, and there is no one whinier than a 15/16 year old, except maybe a baby.
Try reading nine stories and franny and zoeey. These are mature books. Though you have to REALLY like dialogue.
Abbey Road is the best Beatles album. And I’ve no interest in reading a book about a teenage boy, especially if it involves angst. I hate teenagers and their angst. I also lost any interest in reading it when I found out Mark David Chapman had it with him when he assassinated John Lennon. Illogical, I know, but I’m sticking with it.
I’m 13 and I think Catcher in the Rye is great, but as far as I know, I’m not filled with teenage angst, or angst of any sort. I just enjoyed the book and have found more and more to enjoy about it the more times I read it.
Kellie’s desperate attempt to convince herself that she’s attractive. Postscripted with a half hearted “ouch” to give the impression that she finds it an insult, rather than the only compliment she received all week.