I got the book Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger.I hadn’t heard of this book before so the first thing I did was look into the story line and work out how I might make my own.I have been listening to the audiobook and what I have gathered so far is that he is a 16 year old boy called holden. We find out he was sent to a rest home or mental hospital and is now undergoing therapy.It is not discussed much about his life although he does mention having an older brother named who is a hollywood write.Begins talking about this breakdown which took place after he was expelled from pency prep where he failed all his subjects but 1.Makes a comment about not really having connected with the rest of the students in the class so he wasn’t to upset, This makes him seem like he may be a “lone ranger” as such and that he’s not a very connected person and tends to like his own company, the audio book makes him seem quite down and unhappy, almost fulfils the grumpy teenager stereotype.This is something I will think about communicating with my typography in my piece.
We are given a hint of how the breakdown process of this character started, the mental health of the character is a large part of this book and stands a monumental foot in the plot of the book.
This is hinted at by them speaking about when his brother died of leukaemia and that then night he died he broke all the doors and windows in the house with his bare hands and slept in the garage we then get told about various things that he has done like attacking his room mate and blooding his nose and other kick offs that makes it seem as if he is a very angry and temperamental person.
He leaves to Manhattan early as he gets angry, he walks around the city until his parents have processed the news of his being expelled before he goes.
He asks the cab driver where all the ducks go in central park when the pond freezes over. Holden’s curiosity about where the ducks go during the winter reveals a genuine, more youthful side to his character.For most of the book, he sounds like a grumpy old man who is angry at the world, but his search for the ducks represents the curiosity of youth and a joyful willingness to encounter the mysteries of the world. It is a memorable moment, because Holden clearly lacks such willingness in other aspects of his life.It reveals a venerability.What I gathered from understanding the book is that a very strong theme is alienation, most scenes in the book are of him trying and failing to interact with people. This is a theme as well as the mental health theme that I will insure I include.