One notable aspect of Holden Caulfield as a narrator is his repetitive and sententious narrative style; in fact, Caulfield spends considerable time repeating ideas with slightly different wording. When he says “If you really want to hear about it” etc. Salinger’s narrator affects an insecure teen longing to communicate and be heard. However, I think Salinger is also deliberately reacting to the terse, ‘modern’ style characterized by Anderson and Hemingway by creating a narrative voice which is neither lean nor athletic.

Friends in the backseat
behind your driver's side searching for a reason to be alive
in the front I'm looking for a way to kill the time.

The road looks out
above a branch, the leaves head south
fall like the rest of us
not our fault but it felt like a plan.

Words tasted good in her mouth
but it wasn't enough to even make a sound.
and i felt that now.




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