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Roundtable Pictures talks about how teachers ruin Catcher in the Rye by trying to present it as something it isn't. (AmSpecBlog)

I avoided that book like the plague, deliberately taking forensics and grammar courses in high school to avoid being assigned what people had been sighing over as a "classic". I'd been reading classics for a long time, and I was pretty sure nothing this damn popular with English teachers qualified. It still doesn't sound like something I'd want to spend any time on now.

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433
Jun. 23rd, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
I read it for school, but I had a good teacher (despite the mullet) who would assign a book to read and then have conversations with us about what we got out of it and what we thought it was trying to say.

I like it more growing up. Even twenty years ago when I read it, I thought he was a whiny asshole. Reading it again after growing up, I see that it's a facade, it's him trying to deal with a bunch of crazy crap and failing miserably. Reading it even later, there are more layers. I would recommend reading it. It's a good book.
wombat_socho
Jun. 23rd, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
Maybe you're right.
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