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Never understood the big whoop over Catcher myself.LOL! I can't stand CATCHER either. RAGE isn't one of my favorites, but I do like it better. I never considered the reason being that there is some resolution (even if it is drastic)... hmmm... now I have to give that a bit of thought--thanks!
I just finished it and largely, though not entirely, agree. It reminded me of the moral obtuseness of Salinger. The one thing I appreciate the most about King is his surprising moral clarity. I thought that was missing in this story. I thought the writing was good, not great. The story was not compelling. I doubt very much that kids would react the way described. But like so much in life, "eat the meat, spit out the bones."I just started reading the Bachman Books, and I thought Rage was absolutely rubbish?
It was unpolished, rude, offensive and yet tense at the same time, and I have no idea what to make of it. It made me feel ashamed that I liked a writer who wrote such appalling stuff. It was as if he flung loads of moral garbage into a book and got it published.