One thing that stuck out to me from the early chapters of Catcher In The Rye was how real the author is, first of all. He makes the writing more relatable, and he writes exactly how people talk. I appreciate that because most books are so proper that you don’t even want to bother reading them considering it’s like having a conversation with someone who speaks in Old English or something. It’s just not real. Sure, some books are relatable, but I’ve never read a novel as real as this one- because the main character who just happens to be my age tells it exactly like it is. He doesn’t sugar coat things, he doesn’t make things sound better than they are- even if they’re negative statements about his own self. My favorite example of this from the book so far is on page 16, when he tells us one of his biggest faults. “I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It’s awful. If I’m on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I’m going, I’m liable to say I’m going to the opera. It’s terrible.” Even though he most likely isn’t too proud to admit that, he does, for the sake of being real with us. That’s something I wish I could do more easily- say my own faults. I mean don’t get me wrong- I’m the first to admit my faults to myself or to God, but saying them out loud is a different story, and I think it’s because I fear human judgement, which has formed the society we live in. Another thing i liked so far and found different about this book is the way in which Caulfield describes his friends (or acquaintances)- he gives us the real description of them, not just the good things, not just the bad, because there’s both in everyone and both are what make our personalities- not just one or the other. It also helps us get a better grip on how to character acts and moves and helps us get a better mental picture while reading. That’s a big deal to me, because often times, I judge a writers descriptive ability based on how much detail my brain draws up while reading their book, and of course, the more the merrier. The way his roommates are described (Ackley and Stradlater), I can place their images in my head to look like guys around their age and physical features I know, and for me personally, it helps the story flow better in my mind.
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