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The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

sachabooks's review against another edition

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3.0

Der Fänger im Roggen von J.D. Salinger

⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3*)

Update nach dem ich etwas nachdenken konnte und nach einer interessanten Diskussion mit meiner Frau (What.Thea.Reads):

Ich werde meine Bewertung tatsächlich auf 3 Sterne ändern. Dabei ist es nicht so, dass ich ganz plötzlich das Buch mag. Leider war es auch weiterhin nicht einer meiner Favoriten. Jedoch musste ich feststellen, dass ich mich von Holden's Persönlichkeit etwas in die Irre führen liess. Ja er ist unglaublich nervtötend und ja er nörgelt an allem und jedem herum und ja er ist teilweise arrogant, naiv, kurzsichtig und alles andere auch. Ich muss aber auch zugeben, dass er sehr liebenswürdig und beschützend mit seiner kleinen Schwester umgegangen ist und deswegen auch nicht von zu Hause weggelaufen ist. Er hat viele Floskeln oder komische Verhaltensweisen von anderen erkannt und sich gefragt, wieso die Leute das machen oder sagen und ob das wirklich Sinn macht. Er hat in seiner Vision des Roggenfeldes andere Kinder in Ihrer Unschuld und Unversehrtheit beschützen wollen, bevor diese in den Abgrund stürzten. Die Zeichen waren also da, ich habe mich aber von einer Fassade beeinflussen lassen.

Zusätzlich habe ich mir überlegt, dass ich seit einigen Jahren versuche Menschen nicht einfach als unfreundlich, dumm oder nervtötend abzutun, sondern mir immer bewusst zu machen, dass jeder seinen Rucksack trägt und manchmal die vordergründige Emotion oder die vordergründige "Frechheit" weniger mit mir als mit der jeweiligen Situation der Person zu tun hat. So ähnlich geht es mir mittlerweile mit Holden. Er ist kaum nur ein arroganter, nörgeliger A...., sondern hat er auch Ängste, Unsicherheiten und vieles mehr und evtl. kann sein 16-jähriges Ich nicht anders damit umgehen, als dass er an allem rumnörgelt und sich sehr störrisch und rebellisch gibt. Lange Rede kurzer Sinn, was ich sagen will ist, dass evtl. trotzdem mehr hinter Holden und seinem Verhalten steckt, als ich zu Anfang dachte, auch wenn ich der Meinung bin, dass es deswegen weder das Buch des Jahrhunderts noch sehr gut geschrieben ist. Neue Bewertung also: 3 oder 3,5 Sterne.

angelsubrinaa's review against another edition

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5.0

This book was really nice! The character development of Holden Caulfield is so good! I find that I somewhow relate to him so much? I don’t know. It’s funny and emotional.
SpoilerI get connotations that he may be a mental illness patient, suffering from the trauma of his brother, Allie’s death
There weren’t as many huge plot twists which put me off or anything which made me like this book as well.

ury949's review against another edition

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1.0

Wow. Now I understand why I didn't remember a single thing about this book from reading it back in high school. It's basically a long-winded rant by a teenage boy who seems to have a grudge against practically everything and everyone. He spends so much time complaining about how stupid and lame everything is that he hardly notices what's going on in the world. Barely anything actually happens in the story.

Was this really part of my English Lit curriculum? I'm kind of disappointed. I obviously didn't get anything out of it, but it's referenced so much and commonly used as a comparison tool, so I felt like I should re-familiarize myself with it. But I could have read the first page and that would have been enough.

To be honest, I couldn't even finish it.

raidingbookshelves's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging emotional reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

aya777's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional funny reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.25

purrrcilia's review against another edition

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dark emotional reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

authoringheaps's review against another edition

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2.0

yeah i get it i get the point but that doesn’t make these people any less insufferable

x_tora's review against another edition

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reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

kellyrochellesmith1's review against another edition

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1.0

If I wanted to listen to a whiny teen, I'd go back to high school. Hard pass.

favvn's review against another edition

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dark emotional funny reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

This is still not my favorite Salinger (I am a Franny & Zooey Supremacist, it must be said). I read it once in high school, not for assigned reading because my school was Quirky and Not Like the Others and I was on my "Let's read all the banned books for funsies!" kick, but mostly forgot a lot of it. Cue my surprise to watch the Salinger documentary and see all the gushing about, "it changed my life!"

It's not my favorite Salinger but his writing and set up of the story truly makes me want to sonic scream. "I don't even like to talk about it," Holden says, as he casually delivers devastating information within the next paragraph. He spends most of the book saying he'll call his old friend and neighbor, he goes into phone booth after phone booth, but he never calls her, the one other character who would understand what he won't talk about. The whole book is set up in a frame narrative so Holden does, in fact, talk about it! But not explicitly, he talks around it, the elephant in the text. And we, the reader, are supposed to be fine with this. 

Holden spends a weekend playacting as an adult around NYC meanwhile most adults call him on his bluff. Despite his height, his graying hair, his rough voice, all these physical signposts of old age, he's still a kid! He's still a kid but it happened to him anyways!

But all of that aside, holy guacamole do you need to check your feminism at the door when cracking open a Salinger. I don't know what I enjoyed more, Holden's ranting to Sally about running away to get married and live in the middle of nowhere sounding like dialogue from Jimmy Stewart in a Frank Capra film (irony!) or that Holden doesn't bother to see how bleak a future that would be for Sally--a few years of college just to marry and have kids out in the countryside with only Holden for a companion (or that this mirrors the life of Claire Douglas, Salinger's third wife). Betty Friedan, take the wheel.