'Catcher in the Rye' is a book i have alot of attachment towards. However i appreciate other people feel its been over-done and it has to an extent. However, You have to keep in mind that this book was once something revolutionary being banned and what-not. There is alot of mixed opinions, the majorty of the negative stem from percieving Holden as ‘whiny, angsty, mopey, first world probs’ etc, and its true. That is what he is, BUT the depth of your analysis must be pretty slim if that is only what you are taking away from it, look closer.
That. Is. The. Point.
Holden is a set up, a poor one which crashes and his character ferments into something vulnerable, he’s not angsty and pushy, he’s extremely troubled. A result of weakness, which is NOT a bad thing.
What i appreciate most about the novel is Salinger’s approach to Masculnity. His character isnt ruthless and if you become irritated by his character that is the intention! because its not him its fake!
It’s something I think you need to read at some point in your life but read it oblivious to what has previously been implied, think for yourself. It’s honestly ok to read things that aren’t strictly obscure and unknown. It’s important what you take away from it Yourself.
I recommend looking into Sarah Graham’s CIR Guide. It looks into the circumstances outwith the textand has some really interesting points.