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‘The Catcher in the Rye,’ a powerful American novel

J.D. Salinger’s 1951 novel, “The Catcher in the Rye,” gives the angst-ridden teenagers of this world a worthy champion: Holden Caulfield.

Set in the ‘50s, “The Catcher in the Rye” describes the misadventures of sixteen-year-old Holden Caulfield before he is hospitalized after a mental breakdown.

After flunking out of a reputable preparatory school, Holden flees to his hometown of New York City on a midnight train. While in the city, he takes refuge in a seedy hotel that Holden describes as being “lousy with perverts,” which, unknown to Holden, ends up being the best decision that he makes throughout the novel. From there, he finds himself searching for something, or someone, to fill the emptiness that resonates within him

Holden Caulfield shares several qualities with typical teenagers, regardless of the era. That is, he hates himself but still thinks he is better than everyone else. He often finds himself in states of unwavering depression that no amount of cigarettes or conversations with prostitutes can cure.

Holden can be described as many things, few of which are positive, but the simplest description of his character would have to be: lovable douchebag. Holden is crass, judgmental, sexually frustrated, a compulsive liar and teeming with teenage angst. But who isn’t at that age?

It’s these characteristics that make “The Catcher in the Rye” classically popular with teenaged readers.

Like any novel, “The Catcher in the Rye” has its share of both positive and negative criticism. For instance, Adam Gopnik of the The New Yorker said, “No book has ever captured a city better than ‘Catcher in the Rye’ captured New York in the ‘50s.”

In contrast, BBC’s Finlo Rohrer, whom Holden would undoubtedly shrug off as a phony, said that Holden was a “self-obsessed central character” with “too much whining.”

Salinger’s novel has faced a bit of controversy in its near 62 years since publication, because for some reason or another, fanatics of the novel think it’s a grand idea to murder people. Some of the shootings associated with the novel include John Lennon’s 1980 murder, in which the shooter was arrested with the novel on his person, and the 1981 attempted assassination on then-president Ronald Reagan.

So, if you already have some homicidal tendencies, “The Catcher in the Rye” may not be the best literary choice for you.

But if you’re a moderately sane person with limited access to firearms, why not head down to Linfield’s Nicholson Library and borrow this charming (and strangely influential) novel?

Paige Jurgensen/For the Review

Paige Jurgensen can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com

Historical novel touches on feminism during times of war “

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book review“The Dovekeepers,” the newest novel by Alice Hoffman, is often disturbing, occasionally sexy, usually sad and an oddly satisfying work of feminist literature.
“The Dovekeepers” is a novel inspired by actual events. According to historians, the fortress of Jewish rebels was surrounded by Roman soldiers and destined to be violently desecrated by the soldiers. So, instead of letting the Roman soldiers destroy them, the citizens in the fortress (around 900 people) committed mass suicide and burned down the fortress.
In this novel, only two women and five children survived to tell the tale.
Don’t worry, this is history, and therefore, not a spoiler.
Set in 70 C.E. in the deserts surrounding Jerusalem, “The Dovekeepers” tells the story about the Roman army’s siege on the last Jewish fortress on the mountain of Masada. The story is narrated by four women who were seemingly unimportant during the time period, but in reality, they were the backbone of the Jewish resistance against the Romans.
The women work together as dovekeepers, hence the title of the novel, and witness all the heart wrenching events within the fortress. Each woman, Yael, Revka, Aziza and Shirah, tells of her traumatic journey from the home she was chased from, to the mountain of Masada, and the ongoing events within the fortress. Each woman faces her own difficulties, such as adultery, unwed childbirth, cross-dressing and witchery.
Alice Hoffman is an experienced author. She wrote the children’s novel “Aquamarine,” as well as “Practical Magic” and the screenplays for both films that were based on her novels. In total, she has written 33 novels and five
screenplays.
Ron Charles of “The Washington Post” describes Hoffman as, “The most uneven writer in America. A trip through her enormous body of work—for adults and young people—is a jarring ride… But nothing she’s written would prepare you for the gravitas of her new book, an immersive historical novel about Masada during the Roman siege in the 1st Century.”
When one thinks of the times of the Romans, his or her mind goes to Spartacus-style battles or Julius Caesar and his troops, but one rarely thinks of the women of that time.
“The Dovekeepers” is a refreshing feminist reimagining of true historical events that doesn’t coddle the reader. Unlike Hoffman’s other works, “The Dovekeepers” is full of gratuitous violence, several vivid rape scenes and many vicious murder scenes. So, if you’re easily disturbed and prone to nightmares and bedwetting, you should steer clear of this novel. “The Dovekeepers” should be on any ambitious reader’s list this flu season.
Paige Jurgensen/For the review

Paige Jurgensen can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

Funk band refreshes music scene

Made up of college kids who graduated with an appreciation of rock and punk, Guy Fox is a band of four Bates College graduates who then moved to San Francisco to produce their self-titled EP Guy Fox.

The unique thing about Guy Fox is that all four musicians sing on their tracks, even the drummer Peter Granquist. Even the story behind the name of the band is a story that Guy Fox tells at every performance.

Guy Fox was a 17th century assassin who tried to demolish the British Parliament. The band wanted to exhibit the same passion and drive as the legendary Guy Fox, thus the name of their passionate band.

The band reminds me a lot of a funk band I used to listen to back home call Mingo Fishtrap. Both bands incorporate a soul and electronic feel into their beats and rhythms. The college music grads were able to take everything they learned in their music program and bring it to life through funk sounds.

Rasputain’s Music and Artist of the Month by San Francisco Deli Magazine labeled Guy Fox Buzz Band of the Week.
Guy Fox has now sold out shows all of San Francisco as it continues to host guest appearances and go on radio talk shows all across the Bay Area.

The second song on Guy Fox’s self-named LP, “Live Forever,” gives a jazzier recap of what it could be like to go to sleep and never get to wake up.

It connects with the listeners on a deeper level, which I think has to do with its attention to detail and lyrics throughout the EP.

Guy Fox just released a brand new single called “San Francisco” on Feb. 19. The new single can be streamed online through its website and is definitely worth a listen. The new track brings a newer sound that leans toward a more soul-pop sound.

Listen for Guy Fox, an alternative modern-day funk that will make you want to dance, on KSLC. To hear more songs and to check them out for yourself you can go to KSLC and listen. We are now streaming online so go to our website and listen to the Best in the Northwest Student Station, KSLC 90.3 FM, www.linfield.edu/kslcfm.

Haydn Nason

KSLC General Manager

Haydn Nason can be reached at kslcmusic@gmail.com

Del Rey leaves listeners lost in paradise

The self-proclaimed “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” releases the follow- up to her debut album, her much-anticipated EP “Paradise,” just in time for the holiday season.

With the EP’s nine tracks, “Paradise” is what you would expect from the 26-year-old singer, who shot to fame via YouTube videos.

Though I never heard Del Rey’s debut album in full, her singles, such as “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans” offer an eerie sense of what type of musician Del Rey is and strives to be. It takes a lot of guts to call yourself the “Nancy Sinatra” of our generation.

Born and raised in New York, Del Rey suffered through a tough childhood and found solace in music.

Citing Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Janis Joplin as some of her inspirations, Del Rey wanted to create music that was reminiscent of ’50s and ’60s Americana.

“Paradise” includes direct references to pop culture icons, such as Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe in “Body Electric” and Bruce Springsteen in “American.”

The top three tracks to check out on “Paradise” are “Ride,” “Gods & Monsters” and its closing song, “Burning Desire.”

“Ride” references Del Rey’s dark days as an adolescent, regarding her alcohol abuse, parental problems and depression.

“I don’t really wanna know what’s good for me,” Del Rey sings in “Gods & Monsters,” which may also parallel the criticism she has received since she’s been under the spotlight.

What’s intriguing about Del Rey is her ability to be a breath of fresh air for the music industry. Her voice is unique and distinguished, which allows listeners to emotionally connect to her lyrics, as well as the cinematic sound she has embodied.

With lyrical content regarding Americana, love and lust, loneliness, and suffering, Del Rey’s “Paradise” creates an atmosphere for listeners to get swept away due to her deep, sultry soulful voice. In other words, listeners will find themselves ‘lost in paradise’ and enchanted by Del Rey’s refreshing sound that the indie/pop industry is now lacking.

While “Paradise” contains some explicit content, it’s worth a listen. Del Rey takes some risks on her follow-up to “Born to Die,” and though it’s not an extreme departure from the latter, her musical experimentations are certainly appreciated.

Tune into KSLC 90.3 FM to hear Lana Del Rey: “Paradise.” You can also listen online at www.linfield.edu/kslcfm or stream the station on iTunes.

Vanessa So

Assistant Music Director

TLR looks forward to a new school year

Although summer is drawing to a close, and classes are in full swing, The Linfield Review has a lot to be excited about this year.

last school year, members of the mass communication department were busy readying a student media convergence room for all campus media organizations to use.

The room was finally completed this summer and can be found int he basement of Renshaw.

Now, the Linfield Review, KSLC, Wildcat Productions and CAMAS have a work area of our own to produce materials for the Linfield community. The room was made possible through a generous donation from the grandmother of a previous Review editor.

The Review’s goal for the room is to promote collaboration between all student media groups and offer the opportunity for student to express their creativity whenever they please.

However, in order to use the room, you must be a staff member of one of the organizations.

But don’t fret. If you are interested in becoming involved with The Linfield Review, there are positions still available.

The review is seeking a copy editor, online editor and illustrator at this time. Previous experience at a newspaper is not required.

For more information about open staff positions, please visit www.linfieldreview.com, and look under the ‘Jobs’ tab.

Applications, along with work samples or a resume are due noon Friday Sept. 7 to Renshaw 102B. They can be slipped under the door or left in the drop box next to it.

For those simply wanting to keep up on happenings around campus, look for the Review at popular spots, such as Renshaw, Dillin, Riley, the post office and more.

We publish every Monday afternoon throughout the year, expect during breaks and January Term.

For more information about the Review, feel free to email me at linfieldrevieweditor@gmail.com

Jessica Prokop/Editor-in-Chief