Book Review – Catcher in the Rye

Book 2 of 50 in the Alternative Graduate Program – Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

What does it have to do with becoming a Mogul?

This book is not really about becoming a Mogul. However, it does show a side of what a mogul parent could do to a child. The main character in this novel, Mr Caulfield, is notably depressed and taking destructive actions in his personal life that will impact his future life. He seems to have endless amounts of money and no real sense of direction. One big concern for my upcoming child is that we end up with a spoiled brat who like Mr. Caulfield, has no sense of reality when it comes to the future. I know people may view this book very differently than I and if you do please do not feel like my opinions have anything to do with yours.

What did I learn from it?

I learned that the death of a sibling can be very troubling for a young person. My take is that he is troubled by the death of his younger brother and hasn’t really come to terms with it. I personally remember the year after my grandmother died, in 2006, feeling lost and uncertain about the next steps in life. It really shook me up. It was sudden and we were close. I made MANY decisions that year that have impacted the rest of my life. I met my spouse that year, we moved to San Francisco, I quit my stable job at Harrah’s in search of doing something that would really make a difference in the world. But much of that year was clouded by an ever-present sadness. So I could relate to him on a level that I never had been able to in the previous years that I tried to read it.

Should others read it?

I have to admit this is probably the 10th time I have tried to get through this book. I have a rule that if by page 50 I am not into it I can freely put it down and I have NEVER made it to page 50 before. Many things about the authors tone and language negatively  impact me, but since it somehow became a classic I figured there was gold in it somewhere and I was able to find it. I am glad I read it. I would not recommend it to others simply because there are so many other great books out there.

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