March 12, 2005

People always clap for the wrong things

Book #15 of 2005
The Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger

The thing is, it’s really hard to be roommates with people if your suitcases are much better than theirs – if yours are really good ones and theirs aren’t. You think if they’re intelligent and all, the other person, and have a good sense of humor, that they don’t give a damn whose suitcases are better, but they do. They really do. It’s one of the reasons why I roomed with a stupid bastard like Stradlater. At least his suitcases were as good as mine.

For the most part, Lyle is quite right.


5 thoughts on “People always clap for the wrong things

  1. That book is completely over-rated. You just want the guy to die in a horrible painful way.

  2. No no NO.
    It is a wonderful book, I LOVE that book.
    Oh sure the writing isn’t that great but it was the first time I read a book that was.. you know.. critically acclaimed and whatnot. It was a defining moment when I realised one simple truth.
    The critics don’t know squat.

  3. I’m with Pam, I’m afraid. After a couple of chapters I was just itching to rub his forehead very slowly up and down a brick wall.

  4. I dunno, I kind of liked it. During adolescence, I leant upon it as a friendly guide through the social mire of suitcase etiquette and such. Then again, that was probably a bad thing. Oh dear, I hate these moments of clarity.

  5. The thing about JD Salinger is that he himself is far, far more interesting than any of the books he wrote. Which is why, I believe, he gave it all up and became a recluse, writing only for his eyes only. The book ‘In Search of JD Salinger’ is a bloody good read – I highly recommend it.

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