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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 sixteen-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 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.
Novel by J.D. Salinger, published in 1951. The influential and widely acclaimed story details the two days in the life of 16-year-old Holden Caulfield after he has been expelled from prep school. Confused and disillusioned, he searches for truth and rails against the "phoniness" of the adult world. He ends up exhausted and emotionally ill, in a psychiatrist's office. After he recovers from his breakdown, Holden relates his experiences to the reader. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of LiteratureSee all Editorial Reviews
I have two teen boys and both of them could not put the book down. There was a connection there. It may not be for everyone. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by JLKO
I read this book like many others in high school. I misplaced my original copy so bought this to replace it.Published 6 days ago by NLA
I hardly know where to start in writing a 'review' for Catcher in the Rye. Never read it as a young man, but here, as a Senior citizen thought it might be an about-time read,... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Curt Jester
I think we're all mature enough to agree that while JD Salinger's life and mind are their own 'things', you can't let those interfere with his excellent execution of describing a... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Subaru4Life88
perfect book for people who hate to read! its only like 70 pages, and you feel like you accomplished something. The bitter teen protag gets a little wearisome at that point.Published 7 days ago by Donald Jans author of Freaks I've Met
Easy read. Has an assessment at the end to help you determine your love language which is very helpful. Would definitely recommend.Published 8 days ago by Tamika M. Howard