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I am a huge JD Salinger fan, and I'm one of those people who's read "Catcher in the Rye" like 200 times, several times a year since I was about twelve. I buy into every cliche said about it: it changed my life, it made me want to write, it validated my own teen angst, Salinger captures teen-speak amazingly well, Holden Caulfield is vulnerable and wise, a kid-hero, etc.
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Review: J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey
I struggled with clenched teeth to digest this dry, stiff, overly pedantic, wordy nonsense. To me, great literature is written in a clear, concise, simple fashion. This work is "frittered away by detail[s]" (Thoreau). Salinger pompously tries to express to his readers (through Franny, at least,) the absurdity of being uppity. If he is attempting to prove her point through his writing style, he should have offered his readers a butter knife rather than a machete to h... Read more→
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