“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.”
I just realized something rather interesting. I bought this book because I heard it being mentioned quite a few times, but I never heard anything about its content. This is true. I reached The Catcher in the Rye in total darkness. I could have looked it up, but I didn’t. Why is this interesting? I had basically zero expectations. It’s a classic, yes, but long ago have I given up on thinking that I am going to love it just because it’s a classic.
I must confess that at first I thought Holden’s language was going to be the death of me. His character’s voice isn’t one that blends with the background, no, it stands out like a flag on fire. The only way of avoiding his tone is by giving up on the book. It did get on my nerves, but then it just became sort of a… ‘oh, it’s just Holden’. Like when you get used to a new friend’s way of expressing herself/himself? I guess it helped that I read it in one sitting. I just got used to it.
I understand the feeling of disappointment with the human race. Being human himself, I believe he has, at the beginning of his story, reached the point when he thinks he can’t expect anything wonderful from himself, so why bother? There’s zero motivation to do anything. That is, until we meet Phoebe. I absolutely love her. Her energy and excitement are truly contagious. So I guess that is what changes Holden’s path. I found that to be rather beautiful, to be honest.
“About all I know is, I sort of miss everybody I told about.”
I guess this is it. At first Holden might seem to be a total pain, but the reason he is a pain is because you care. There’s no indifference. That is why at the end of the day you might find yourself missing him…