The Catcher in the Rye, Chapter 1-3

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The Catcher in the Rye, Chapter 1-3

I started reading The Catcher in the Rye. I’m in a mini-book club, and when I say mini, it’s super duper mini. There is me and then one other person, who is a really close friend of mine.

The book has been interesting thus far… to say the least.

Here are a few thoughts…


The narrator, whose name is apparently Holden Caulfield, does have a sense of humor. He’s sarcastic, for sure. But he is also funny. I think that is what keeps me turning pages.

For example, he writes a note to his professor on his exam: “That is all I know about the Egyptians. I can’t seem to get very interested in them although your lectures are very interesting. It is all right with me if you flunk me though as I am flunking everything else except English anyway” (12). The narrator’s tone has been so lax…

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On the other side of silence

In case you’re interested, George Eliot was actually a woman who took a man’s “pen name” in order for her work to be taken seriously.

R. D. Shanks

If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.

Middlemarch, George Eliot


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