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What would be a great part to read in public from The Catcher in the Rye for this year's Banned Book Week?

Asked by Carly (4360 points ) September 30th, 2012

Tomorrow I’m supposed to be reading a part or parts of The Catcher in the Rye for my college’s Banned Book Week. It’ll be in public, so what would be most appropriate/interesting to read in this context?

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gailcalled's avatar

In chapter 22, the famous explanation of the title.

It might or might not be germane to the reason for banning the book, but it’s a start.

janbb's avatar

I haven’t read it in a long time but I like the part where he is wondering where the ducks in Central Park go in the winter.

wildpotato's avatar

I guess one of the bits it was banned for, maybe – the two passages above are both great, but you asked about appropriateness, not greatness, so – the one where he hangs out with the hooker and won’t pay her the jacked up price and then gets his ass kicked.

JLeslie's avatar

Please let us know what you choose. I will be following this Q. I like the answers so far. I love that book. I have a copy on a shelf, I might pull it out and come back to the Q.

Is the book still banned in some places? That is a travesty in my mind.

Carly's avatar

@wildpotato, that sounds perfect!

CWOTUS's avatar

I guess I’ll be following the Q, too, but for a different reason.

Ever since I read the book in high school more than 4 decades ago I’ve been wondering what all the fuss was about. That is, wondering why it was banned, but even more, wondering why it was ever popular to begin with.

janbb's avatar

@CWOTUS I think it was the first book to depict a disaffected teenager but I agree. I liked it when I first read but tried to re-read it recently and could not stand that sniveler.

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