July 2014 Read of the Month Review

Where has the summer (if you call it that based upon our recent weather) gone?  It is hard to believe that August is just around the corner.  Although Michigan public schools start after Labor Day, my college courses will be starting before I know it in August.  I sure hope I can balance my time and keep reading and writing.  Well enough of the back to school talk, I need to review my my July 2014 Read of the Month.

I know it is hard to believe, but this was the first time I ever read J. D. Salinger's classic The Catcher in the Rye. I want to start my review by stating this is not going to be some academic review of this classic novel.  There are plenty of those out there if that is what you want to read.  What I will provide is my feelings on reading this novel for the first time at the age of thirty nine.

I loved this book, 5 out of 5 stars from me.  I loved Salinger's main character Holden Caufield, probably because I see a lot of myself in Holden.  Now I am not going to get into some deep analysis over Caufield's mental state, but I will tell you that find myself saying much of the same stuff he says.  I am not depressed at all; but there are many things in this world that annoy me or I dislike (keep an eye on my Twitter account and you will often see what I mean.  When Caufield describes the movie he watched at Radio City Music Hall with "All I can say is, don't see it if you don't want to puke all over yourself" I immediately thought to my self "this is me!"  Some may get annoyed with Caufield's constant repetitions, but I loved his use of language.

After completing this novel I amused that this book is so often challenged.  The content and language may have been "risky" twenty plus years ago, but in 2014 not so much.  Besides a few mentions of the dreaded "F" word I see much worse on network television.  I guess as a librarian I will always find it amusing when books are "challenged." 

I really regret waiting so long to read this novel.   I am sure I will re-read it, just as I do with The Great Gatsby.  I have already started my August 2014 Read of the Month, so keep your eyes open for my choice.  It is a title that has been on my "to read" list for a while.  Happy Reading!

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