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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.
Rereading the classics for the second time around now that I'm old enough to enjoy them rather than rushing through them for purposes of a book report! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Donna H. Burns
Who could ever say anything but wonderful things about this classic? Came in fine shape. No problems.Published 8 days ago by Jennifer A. Bremer
I see how it is a classic, but it just isn't relevant for my generation nor for this time period. Leave it for English majors to read.Published 10 days ago by Rachael
I had never read this (failed education system I suppose) and now that I've read it I really don't get what the hype is about. Read morePublished 10 days ago by chemistrymonkey21