Catcher in the Rye

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    I saw a documentary about J.D. (Jerome) Salinger on a cable show and they raved about "Catcher" being one of the most definitive books of the 20th century. When you add the factor that maniac killers like Hinckely and Chapman had copies of the book on them when they were captured I figured that I would pick up a copy. I'm about a 3rd of the way through and about ready to put it down. Maybe I'm too old to identify with (50's) adolescent angst but I don't get it. So far the principal character, Holden Caulfield, seems like an angry little prick who blames everyone else for his problems like flunking out of prep school.
     
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    Poster Child of Entitled Posers

    The ruling-class's literary critics successfully hid the fact that HC was a spoiled-putrid richkid who could get away with his neurotic childishness, all caused by that unAmerican class's permissive subservience to its brats. He had nothing to say to teenagers from Middle America, yet was forced on us as a typical adolescent going through healthy growing pains.
     
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    He's falling to pieces over the death of his brother, you faggot.
     
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    Faggot? Damn, a guy carries a copy of the book when he goes out to to murder John Lennon and then another maniac claims that "Catcher" ordered him to shoot President Reagan. When I criticize the main character a self described "old lady" gets so caught up in the book that she calls me a "faggot". Now I'm afraid to finish the damn thing.
     
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    It's good, but overrated.
     
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    Maybe it's just me but I get the feeling the dialog from the movie "the Graduate" is kind of similar in cadence to "Catcher". So far ho-hum for the self centered little prick about a 3rd of the way through.
     
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    Pay no attention to the open window with bugs flying in and out...
     
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    Over-rated coming of age tale by a one-hit wonder.
     
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    It's obviously way over your head, anyway, so that's not a bad idea.
     
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    "Plastics"

    The Graduate was also about a confused upper-class brat. The problems of those immature and self-centered young adults are totally irrelevant to American youth who have to compete in the real world.
     
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