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The Catcher in the Rye Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1991
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 Literature
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"The Catcher in The Rye" is an excellent book. Salinger's writing is superb and flawless. The story line and the characters are very well developed. You will come to love Holden Caulfield, the main character. "The Catcher in he Rye" is an ideal read for high school students, but great for adults as well. I highly recommend this book to you for your reading pleasure.
I still think elements of the story are forced and pretentious, and I hate Holden, that self-absorbed sexist little, uh, brat. But the literary bones of the novel are lovely, and, in the context of the conformist stifled era in which it was written - and all of the turmoil that came after - it's revolutionary. Do I hold it responsible for a lot of consumerist takes on anti-conformity? Sure. But that is precisely because it resonates so with the kids who at least on some level realize that there is something very wrong with our priorities and the way we go about things.
I think people should note that Holden DOES realize he is a phony, too. Therein lies his struggle. It's pretty easy to see how conflicted he is about everyone and everything around him, and himself. Take how he's always listing the pros and cons of everyone he knows, and even goes so far as to admit on several occasions that he's acting less than admirably, hypocritically, or even in a "phony" manner.
I'm not sure why people hate him so much; I think this kind of teenage angst and disillusionment with oneself and society is quite common. I think he's more honest than most people, but like many, had difficulty dealing.