The Catcher in the Rye
Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with "cynical adolescent". Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his 16-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on... show more
Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with "cynical adolescent". Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his 16-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. It begins:If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two haemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them.His constant wry observations about what he encounters, from teachers to phonies (the two of course are not mutually exclusive), capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation. --Amazon.com
Format: library binding
Publish date: January 1st 2001
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Pages no: 277
Edition language: English
, Read For School
, Classic Literature
, Coming Of Age
, High School
I understand why you should not read this for the first time as an adult but my education was neglected in my teens, obviously, since I did not read it then. Holden is a pain where the sun don't shine. He is so whiny. He acts as if he's seen everything, done everything, and knows everything but, ...
This review will contain spoilers, so if you want to avoid knowing all the details of the sparse and meaningless plot, maybe skip the first couple of paragraphs. Holden Caulfield is a self-important, spoiled and worthless little shit. At the start of the book, he is cooling his heels at the fourt...
Going to have to separate the artist from the art here. I know that Catcher was a deeply personal book to Salinger, but that doesn't change the fact that it was immensely dull to read.In theory, this should have appealed to me, according to the vast majority of the readers who consider it an endurin...
I honestly don't know where to begin with this mess of a novel. It was repetitive and boring. The main character had his head up his own ass through this entire book, which is not surprising since he is a teenager. I know that I was supposed to probably sit around afterwards and discuss how profound...
a great story ! Holden Caulfield is a unique character. a kid dissatisfied with everything and everyone around him. He tells the events and thoughts of what he experienced in days after he gets kicked out of his school for bad grades. i liked the way how he saw people and the honesty in it. He poin...