- Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (May 1, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316769487
- ISBN-13: 978-0316769488
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3,806 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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I have continued to think about this book, and why it is so unsatisfactory to me. It's because it's written as a monologue by the protagonist/narrator, who is presented as the child of an upper-middle-class New York City family, but his vocabulary is not in character. To my ears, it sounds like he was written to sound like he did not, could not or would not use the language of his peers. Maybe we are to assume he is mentally retarded, or in modern parlance "intellectually challenged". Since the other characters he interacts with read as normal, that may be the answer to my complaint.
Whatever the answer, I'm sorry I read the book. Then I could continue to think it and its author were special and excellent, instead of being disappointed.
People were raised differently in times passed. We did have disturbed individuals but not to the extent that we have now. Psychologists had not begun to tell people that they were not to blame for their feelings, thoughts or actions. It was someone elses fault, ie. your mother did not understand you, youf father was not around enough as he was too busy working (to make a living, actually) and so on and so forth.
Parents tended to side with the authority figures. Teachers and policemen were looked up to and kids got in trouble if they did not follow the rules. Now, teachers for example, have the parents of their students tell them how wrong they are and they their child is fine and should be catered to. I know this first hand as one of our grown children is a teacher. I NEVEr would have gotten away with some of the stuff his students get by with. I would have been in trouble at home if I did anything wrong at school..
To sum up, odddly enough, this book represents the past and the present. Therefore it was an interesting read.
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the future of our life. A complex character written with satire.