Friday, January 29, 2010
Let's re-read 'The Catcher in the Rye'

It's been a while since we first read "The Catcher in the Rye," but since we heard the news yesterday that author J.D. Salinger had died, it feels like a good time to revisit the novel.

 

Here on Team iReport, a few of us are going to start re-reading the book this weekend. If you’re thinking of doing the same, join us here in the comments as we rekindle the spirit of literature class discussions gone by. Or something like that.

 

Here’s a start: If you want to join us, post a comment now with your name, your age today, your age the first time you read the book, and what you remember thinking about it then. And if you've never read this classic, feel free to dive into the novel and comment along with us.

7 Comments
January 29, 2010
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Never read the book, I will this weekend.

January 30, 2010
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Here's my take on The Catcher in the Rye. 

 

http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-401168

January 30, 2010
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here is a very good link about nations favorite conservative making a very insightful idea about 'the catcher in the rye' and barack obama. Its about a 10 min long clip and very recent clip

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVP2k6nRmYg

January 31, 2010
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My turn. I'm Lila and I'm 33. I read "The Catcher in the Rye" the first time in the 11th grade. I was 16. I don’t remember a whole lot about it other than the little thrill over reading so many bad words in a class assignment, and in enjoying a book my English teacher, Mrs. Gilbert, told us she hated. I wonder now whether maybe she told us that on purpose, hoping it’d make us like it more. If that was your plan, Mrs. G., it worked.

February 1, 2010
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Hi everyone! I'm Katie. I'm 24 and "The Catcher in the Rye" was one of my favorite books as a teenager. I read it first in the 11th grade, but have re-read it a few times since then. I was totally smitten with Holden Caulfield -- I'm not exactly sure why.

 

I just re-read the book this weekend. It took me three hours to get from cover to cover and I loved it just as much as before. This time, though, Holden broke my heart. He seemed not so much angst-ridden as confused, lost, but sweet.

February 5, 2010
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This is News Worthy

 

 

There must be a very special place in heaven for this guy.

 

 

 

Subject: NOW THIS IS A HERO

 

 

You're a 19 year old kid. You're critically wounded and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley , on 11-14-1965, Vietnam . Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8 - 1 and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the MediVac helicopters

 

 

To stop coming in.

 

  

 

You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns and you know you're not getting out.

 

 

  Your family is 1/2 way around the world, 12,000 miles away and you'll never see them again.

  As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.

 

 

  Then - over the machine gun noise - you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter..!

You look up to see an un-armed Huey!! But.... It doesn't seem real because no Medi-Vac markings are on it.

 

 

 

 

 

Ed Freeman is coming for you..!!

  He's not a Medi-Vac so it's not his job, but he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire anyway even after the Medi-Vacs were ordered not to come.

He's coming anyway!

  And he drops it in and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 2 or 3 of you on board..

 

 

 

Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire to the Doctors and Nurses.

 

 

 

And, he kept coming back..!! 13 more times..!!

 

  

 

 

 

 

He took about 30 of you and your buddies out who would never have gotten out.

  medal of Honor Recipient, Ed Freeman, died last Wednesday at the age of 80 in Boise, ID

May God Rest His Soul..

  I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing, but we've sure seen a whole bunch about Tiger Woods!!!

 

 

 

Medal of Honor Winner

Ed Freeman!

 

 

Shame on the American Media..!!

 

March 6, 2010
I think I'll start rereading the book again. Always thought it was special. Igor
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