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The Catcher in the Rye Paperback – January 30, 2001
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"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 hemorrhages 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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Salinger, whose characters are among the best and most developed in all of literature has captured the eternal angst of growing into adulthood in the person of Holden Caulfield. Anyone who has reached the age of sixteen will be able to identify with this unique and yet universal character, for Holden contains bits and pieces of all of us. It is for this very reason that The Catcher in the Rye has become one of the most beloved and enduring works in world literature.
As always, Salinger's writing is so brilliant, his characters so real, that he need not employ artifice of any kind. This is a study of the complex problems haunting all adolescents as they mature into adulthood and Salinger wisely chooses to keep his narrative and prose straightforward and simple.
This is not to say that The Catcher in the Rye is a straightforward and simple book. It is anything but. In it we are privy to Salinger's genius and originality in portraying universal problems in a unique manner. The Catcher in the Rye is a book that can be loved and understood on many different levels of comprehension and each reader who experiences it will come away with a fresh view of the world in which they live.
A work of true genius, images of a catcher in the rye are abundantly apparent throughout this book.Read more ›
Others have written more "shocking" books or have been more overtly anti-social, but with The Catcher In The Rye, J.D. Salinger captures the bitterly confused mind of a youth who hates the whole world not because the world is worth hating, but because he's frustrated at his own inability to get along in that world, with such crisp reality that it shocks far more than any fantastical American Psycho.
Reading over the negative reviews on Amazon, I can't help but wonder how and why so many people are so unable to get it. The Catcher In The Rye is among the, if not the, most tangibly realistic looks into the mind of a disaffected, disillusioned youth suffering from depression (and a touch of the bipolar). The way Holden Caulfield's mind works is incredibly true to form - the contradictions, the hypocrisy, the confusion, the brief moments of sheer clarity followed by stretches of irrational thought. He thinks he's better than the world, and he thinks he's the lousiest person in the world at the same time. He wants everyone to go away and leave him alone, and he can't bear anyone, not even some schmuck he really dislikes (with good reason), to leave him. He's nothing but hypocrisy and contradictions and confusion. Salinger captures this in an amazing way.
People criticize the book because Caulfield is totally unlikable, a guy who rails against phonies when he himself is something of a phony ... but that's part of the point. Holden throws off all the signals someone in his situation actually throws off in real life, and just like real life, they're almost always ignored.Read more ›
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It was a beautiful written book even though it had more profanity than I like. I am sure it was for effect but then I am really no critic. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by John Manouselis
I read this book in my English class and I really enjoyed the story.
I wanted to order a copy of this book for myself for personal enjoyment, but the paperback copy came with... Read more
How did I miss this classic when I was coming of age? I will certainly read it again soon.
I picked up this volume because reviews of "& Sons" by David Gilbert... Read more
I've read a lot of books and this one is quite awful. #overratedPublished 7 days ago by Jake Swatek
I love reading this novel. It has held my attention the moment I started reading this until I finished it. For anyone who likes family values, look at Holden and his sister.Published 9 days ago by Brian Hakanson
Holden Caulfield has a problem, and its a big one, you see, the kid, as young as he is, barely 17, has already had a nervous breakdown, and truth be told he hasn't recovered from... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Lonnie L. Anixt
With so much hard-boiled grit and soft-spoken wit, it is no wonder this book has risen to such eminence. This should certainly be a staple in everybody's library.Published 19 days ago by Chauncey
I read this book on the recommendation of an old friend who claimed this story changed his life. I do not understand this book. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Kimber Leigh Long