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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.
It is difficult to remember what it was like to read this book for the first time.
"(Holden) has objects for his contempt, but no objects other than his sister for his love-no raft, no river, no Jim, no Tom".
J.D. Salinger wrote this book in first person which makes you feel like you are living Holden Caulfield's life.
I never read this book in school, so I thought I would read it now and see why it is so popular. I was hooked from the first page. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Watcher01
I didn't want to kill John Lennon when I finished reading it!!! It is really sad Chapman had it on him when he killed the most talented,enlightened humanitarian of our generation... Read morePublished 4 days ago by barbara hyde
A fantastic classic. Would recommend for any reader. A must read before you kick the bucket.Published 4 days ago by Redx915
To write yet another review on this book would be absolutely absurd. This story entered the consciousness of a generation on a grand scale. Read morePublished 8 days ago by C. Middleton
Completely ridiculous that this book is banned for sexual content. There is hardly any. Yes it has a casual attitude towards sex yet it is such a great piece of teenage angst and... Read morePublished 11 days ago by J Osorio