The Catcher in the Rye


In Chapter 24, Holden describes a speech class he took to Mr. Antolini when the audience was supposed to yell, "Digression!" when the speaker got off topic. What were Holden's thoughts about this? How might that relate to Salinger's writing style?

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Also during this conversation, Holden profoundly states, "But what I mean is, lots of time you know know what interests you most till you start talking about something that doesn't interest you most." Thoughts on the relevence of this comment in the book?

Holden explains his own (Salinger's) writing style at this passage. Throughout the whole book Holden rambles through his story. The entire book is one big digression, just a big story. The book starts with "If you really want to hear about it", Holden is just telling the story of his crazy digressing experience that led him to finding what makes him a little less phoney.