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What are your thoughts on catcher in the Rye? Was the protagonist gay?

Was the protagonist gay? And also I read a critical analysis of the novel. Was the protagonist molested? I can't tell.

by Anonymousreply 1303/09/2013

I think the correct way to phrase that second question is, "Was the protagonist a flit"?

by Anonymousreply 103/05/2013

I never got all the fuss about this book.

by Anonymousreply 203/09/2013

No I don't think he was gay. He was mentally ill and probably bi-polar and did not take medication. Also, his young brother's death obviously sent him into a deep depression. He was having a nervous breakdown during the whole book.

by Anonymousreply 303/09/2013

He was mad because his parents had him genitally mutilated.

by Anonymousreply 403/09/2013

Never heard of it.

by Anonymousreply 503/09/2013

r3, are you serious? Using the DSM to discredit literary creations. HMMM. Hamlet was histrionic, I'm supposing. Bartelby the Scrivener, an aspergers with defiance disorder? Gregor Samsa, a mood disordered narcissist?

by Anonymousreply 603/09/2013

No, he and the author were raging heterosexuals. Holden waxes about his lust for the ladies.

Read Edmund White's semi-autobiographical novels if you want a gay Holden.

by Anonymousreply 703/09/2013

I don't normally read antique fiction but that sounds interesting, r7. What's a good place to start with Edmund White?

r6, what do you mean by "discredit"?

by Anonymousreply 803/09/2013

I don't think Holden Caulfield was gay but he did have weird fetishes. His obsession with his roommate's fingernails/toenail clippings struck me as odd and slightly neurotic when I first read the book in high school. I also think that Holden secretly got off from being admired by his English teacher/tutor who was obviously gay.

by Anonymousreply 903/09/2013

Not R7, but "The Beautiful Room is Empty" or "Boy's Own Story".

After that, "The Farewell Symphony" and "The Married Man".

IMO these four books are the most characteristic of his fictionalized autobiographical style.

My favorite is "Forgetting Elens", his first, but it's not to everyone's taste.

His other works are flawed, but all good.

by Anonymousreply 1003/09/2013


by Anonymousreply 1103/09/2013

r10, how about the Noah York character in Leave Myself Behind? Greatest gay character ever IMO.

by Anonymousreply 1203/09/2013

"Nocturnes for the King of Naples" is also really good.

by Anonymousreply 1303/09/2013
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