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Nov 16, 2019 18:25:13


by @abrahamKim PATRON | 250 words | 6🔥 | 436💌


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In middle school my uncle gifted me The Catcher in the Rye while mentioning that  I probably wouldn't understand it for awhile. It sat untouched for years until out of boredom I one day opened the book with no expectations.

Back then I didn't read for fun. But these words read like my own thoughts and feelings inked onto cheap pulp sheets. I couldn't fully understand the plot, couldn't understand what the moral was, but the feeling inside... it felt like me. 

Immediately after, I wanted something similar. After searching around the internet, I found The Catcher in the Rye frequently associated with The Great Gatsby. My english class was assigning it for next year, but I couldn't wait.

The novel hardly resembled my high school life in rural-suburban America, but I felt inside their melancholic shoes. The Great Gatsby became my favorite novel for years. It changed the way I consciously viewed the world, which is funny because it didn't present any new ways of thinking or seeing, but rather just the way I already thought and felt so relatably. And just like with The Cather in the Rye, I couldn't actually understand what was happening. All I knew was that it felt like me in those pages.

In retrospect I finally understood what lay within those novels that allured me. It was for me a permission to be what I've -- against much denial -- always been. An outsider.

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    @abrahamKim when I think about it now it seems pretty surreal, but Catcher in the Rye was an obligatory reading in my high school... Maybe they wanted to show us how lost and confused kids are in the imperialistic culture... Well, whatever reasons, I read it when the time was right, and loved it. And then fell in love with Sallinger and read more or less... oh, according to Wiki, seems all of his books. There is some very special mood in them, not so much rebellion though.

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | Nov 20, 2019 19:14:44
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    @abrahamKim It is interesting how these books have had such an impact on you. For whatever reason, I somehow have avoided reading either book. I wish I would have been steered toward these books and less of Shakespeare.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Nov 17, 2019 10:53:05
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      Did you actively avoid it? Or just happen to never come across reading it?

      I never read much Shakespeare growing up and wish I had lol

      Abe avatar Abe | Nov 18, 2019 15:46:18
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      @abrahamKim I took all honors English classes, and yet somehow I was never assigned those books and never read them on my own. I think my teachers were obsessed with Shakespeare.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Nov 18, 2019 20:24:37
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    @abrahamKim - Now I need to read these books! Awesome conclusion Sir Abe!

    Keni avatar Keni | Nov 16, 2019 13:56:00
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      I wouldn't recommend them anymore though to anyone who's quite mature. like it's a good book for coming of age youngsters. But hten again you're 16 so nevertmind haha

      Abe avatar Abe | Nov 16, 2019 20:05:59
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