August 5th, 2006

I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes.

I just finished reading The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger.
It's quite famous and I was curious to know what the fuzz was about. I bought the book during my trip to London last year, but I started reading it in the plane to Uganda, some weeks ago.

First of all, the book is good, really good. I'm not surprised all the fame it's gotten since its publication on 1951.
It's hard to explain what it's about and its main appeal is the narrative style. It follows Holden Caulfield's life and it's written in first person.
It's not nice and I found it quite depressing. Maybe it got me in a bad moment or something, I don't know. I had a feeling of impending doom while reading it and, as one of the characters says, it looks like Holden is about to fall anytime.

There's a really good page about it in the Wikipedia, and another extensive one about the author.
I'll leave you with some quotes from the book:
-"I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes. That way I wouldn't have to have any goddam stupid useless conversations with anybody."
-"Anyway, I'm sort of glad they've got the atomic bomb invented. If there's ever another war I'm going to sit right the hell on top of it. I'll volunteer for it, I swear to God I will."
-"But what I mean is, lots of time you don’t know what interests you most till you start talking about something that doesn’t interest you most."