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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
This book was assigned reading in high school in the late 60's. I enjoyed it then. Reading it again was nostalgic.Published 1 day ago by Big D
How anyone can claim this stink bomb is classic literature needs to go back to reading comic books. This meaningless collection of words has no plot, no story line and absolutely... Read morePublished 2 days ago by camera man
So I decided to read one of America's great literary classics. I really did. After reading, I can see the underlying themes and style that made it so popular in the 50's. Read morePublished 2 days ago by James B.
It is redundant for the times. I do not know why it is extolled so much.