Just finished reading The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. A random purchase, purely on the back of needing a new book, and it was the only one that ASDA had that appealed at the time. I quite like the idea of reading ‘classics’ every now and then.
I had no pre fixed expectations of this book, I knew nothing about it. I liked it. Unexpectedly funny, in a Napoleon Dynamite kind of way. A story of a the inner ramblings of a churned up “nobody understands me” teenager, with his angst baggage of psychological and social perceptions. The outside illustrated a particular time and place at ‘street level’ – the late ’40’s New York. A fascinating snapshot of the city.
My favorite lines from the whole book would be this quote by the psychoanalyst Wilhelm Stekel “the mark of an immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one”