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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.
This book seems to be one you love or hate. In my case I found it stultifying, many years ago, but many people - mainly English teachers I suspect - seem to love it. Read morePublished 3 days ago by gordon macgregor
I read this book "at the right time" as so many people say is a requirement to enjoying this meretricious "classic. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jacob Riley
There wasn't even a rip or anything written in book and the shipping was fast!Published 5 days ago by Sheridan
Even though a student of literature, somehow escaped reading at an early age. Perhaps if I had, I might have related more closely to the character. I was bored with the book.Published 6 days ago by Stephen P.
I did not realize until I had finished my own coming of age novel (Bougainvillea Blues) that the voice of Holden Caulfield was the kind of voice I wanted for my first-person... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Dublin Galyean
This is one of the most beloved books of the 20th century. I really don't feel qualified to review a classic like this. It is a great coming of age novel. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Annie M daffodils
Gee. I have had many copies of "Catcher" over the years and end up giving them away so the others can enjoy it as well.Published 9 days ago by Doncus
In all honesty, "The Catcher in the Rye" is not that great of a book. It was not absolutely unbearable, but in my opinion is a bit overrated. Read morePublished 9 days ago by J