I just finished reading all of J.D. Salinger's books for an author project. To put it bluntly, there is a reason he is
only known for Catcher in the Rye,
which happens to be
admirable, amazing, astonishing, astounding, awe-inspiring, awesome, brilliant, cool, divine, dynamite, enjoyable, excellent, extraordinary, fabulous, fantastic, fine, groovy, incredible, magnificent, marvelous, miraculous, outstanding, peachy, phenomenal, pleasant, pleasing, prime, remarkable, sensational, something else, staggering, startling, strange, stupendous, super, superb, surprising, swell, terrific, too much, tremendous, unheard-of, wondrous, and wonderful.
a definite favorite of mine
It is the only book of his that has nothing to do with the Glass family. Does that imply something? I certainly hope so.
All his other books lack the lovely simplicity of Catcher in the Rye. They are jumbled and it seems like they were written to convert people to Buddhism. They do reveal his character though, which is what I need for this project, but I wouldn't read those books for pleasure.
I found myself skimming over lengthy descriptions, which in fact, were not well-done, and skipping to the parts that actually interested me.
I should not be so judgemental, considering I can't write at all, but I adored Catcher in the Rye. He should have stuck to the straight to the point style of Catcher in the Rye, and kept the universal themes as the focus. Buddhism was too emphasized and made the stories more complicated than they would have been.
Speaking of stories, there were no stories in the books. They were just dialogue. Catcher in the Rye at least had some story to it, although it lacked action, yet I loved it for that (excuse the grammar). Holden's thoughts and his experiences were all it needed. .
Catcher in the Rye was also nice because it was through the eyes of a teenager. It did not have sophisticated language and random French, Japanese, Chinese, etc. words thrown in.
Basically, if you are sleepy and your history book is not putting you to sleep, try Franny and Zooey or Raise the Roof something or other. Nine Stories isn't so bad, so you might use that if you have nothing else to put you to sleep. But if you want a good read, read Catcher in the Rye, but be warned, it may change your view of the world.
Wow, I sound very harsh. I guess it is because I am a bit frustrated. I read 800 pages of Salinger's work and I cannot believe Catcher in the Rye is so different from the rest of his novels. It was even more terrible for me because I read Catcher in the Rye first, so the rest was a downward spiral. In addition, the only reason I picked him for the project was because of Catcher in the Rye, and he disappointed me, greatly. I guess it's like the Mark Twain thing. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is great, but The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is rather shallow (or so I've heard).
I feel rather bad saying all this considering that I can't write, but I do read, and I did not enjoy those books the very least. (excuse the grammar)