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I still felt the book was funny, but it was no longer humor which made me declare this my favorite novel. Academia, too, pressed on. Holden may be a rebel without a cause, but he is not a rebel without an explanation: It is easy to read the death of his brother as a stand-in for unspeakable trauma. Many of those novels are still fresh in my mind! Other critics did say it made them "chuckle and ... even laugh aloud," and many immediately compared Holden to Huck Finn. … He was—well, is he Jewish? � Qe�W�hcɥ��j������5 n�����Že�S�9�����]�0�"�ds8L��&=�L��E�78u���xʱ� ����(�e�g�U�P;$%V��u�"�-~/��k�u-�qnX�>e��c^ΰ$�b�_1j�J�W��ҹ˫\c�㽅�[#t[�A�r�����Μ�Ty�ɩ�f�\X��TQg�9�3��R��ur`�u�1�QU��H� �VD��܆�D� ‎ 'If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want t… My answer is, “Beats the heck outa me.” I never could see what all the fuss was about J.D. ", But what of Margaret Salinger's theory regarding anti-Semitism? My first instinct is to say no, b/c they think EVERYONE is gay. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. I love The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger characterized himself as "a dash man and not a miler"; and indeed, though Catcher's opening explodes with life, the whole reads like a novella that only just managed to shed its diminutive. Numerous youthful acquaintances remember him as sardonic, rant-prone, a loner. More importantly, Salinger seems to have shared Holden's disaffection. And it can only be counted ironic that the result came to exemplify American authenticity: Like James Dean, Holden Caulfield is for many the very picture of the postwar rebel. What critic George Steiner was to call the "Salinger industry" began to swell fantastically, until it sat like a large, determined bird on a bunker-like egg. "It was no asset to be Jewish either, but at least you belonged somewhere. 0000041187 00000 n What with the recent invention of the "perfect binding"--a book binding using glue rather than stitching--there was the paperback to consider, as well. Never mind that Holden is white, male, straight, sophisticated, rich, and a product of the '40s; he personifies anguished resistance to '50s America--indeed, for many, America's truest self. Which means he can’t have sex with her – “I felt more depressed than sexy, if you want to know the truth.” Holden's lousy childhood experience emphasizes his love for childhood innocence throughout the book. I thought that might explain the way he acted. I’m teaching Catcher in the Rye for the umpteenth time, and every year the kids are fixated on this one point: Is Mr. Antolini gay? Where did all this start? Holden recognizes a kind of innocence in Sunny. The whole, too, is slight. MY . A haunting and deeply personal portrait of family tragedy from the much-loved author of The Catcher in the Rye. Like The Catcher in the Rye, David Copperfield is a coming-of-age novel whose protagonist also acts as the first-person narrator. 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