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    Posted February 1, 2010 by
    Hillsdale, New Jersey
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Your thoughts on 'Catcher in the Rye'

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     TeacherMM84 says he expects half his students to love Salinger's 'Catcher in the Rye' and half to hate it. He even hated it himself the first time he read it!
    - rachel8, CNN iReport producer

    I am proud to say that I was one of the last teachers to read Catcher with his students before Salinger's death. My high school sophomores read the book between this past November and December, and the feedback I received was just as I had hoped. Half of the students absolutely hated the novel. "He isn't saying anything!" they complained, "Holden is just whining about his life!" The other half of the class, however, loved the book, saying that in Holden's "whining" he was revealing the Truth-- we are all scared, alone, and disenchanted with the world around us. But of course, as Holden stands beside the carousel in the final scene of the novel, we know that amidst all the pain, there is a glimmer of hope. This is the message I take from the novel, and the one I hope to impart to the countless students I teach throughout my career.


    Thank you, Mr. Salinger, for giving us this stark, realistic, and ultimately hopeful portrayal of human frailty.

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