I know the failure is mine but Holden has always rubbed me the wrong way. Even when I first read RYE when I was in junior high (middle school) I thought Holden was the biggest phony in the book. I loved the Glass family chronicles though....(Rick Libott)
The Glass Family stories are the largest inspiration for director Wes Anderson's THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS of course.(Rick Libott)
Hated Holden when I read Catcher in the Rye. After reading Nine Stories some years later, I concluded Salinger hated Holden far more than I ever could...
I didn't *like* HC, but I *understood* him. When I read "Catcher," in 1961 or 1962, I was a kid growing up in Indianapolis, a place which seemed to me to be a wasteland populated by hypocrites. So I understood the basis for HC's words and actions, even when he seemed to me to be as hypocritical as some of the people he was condemning.
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