I finally read Sallinger's "Cather in the Rye". Even though I enjoyed reading it to know what would happen to Holden, I felt so sorry for him. I am not an expert but he is suffering from the loss of his brother. He keeps remembering him and keeps crying about "nothing". He does not seem to concentrate on his study or almost anything as he is grieving secrectly about his brother. At least, he has his sister Pheobe to talk to openly. Otherwise, he escapes his missery by lying about everything. Interestingly, you want to know more about him as you read it. Referencing "Great Gatsby", as Old Sport, just killed me.