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The Catcher in the Rye Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1991
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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.
It seems most people who’ve read this book dislike Holden. Some actually feel serious contempt and loathing toward him. Those people are as equally suprised and confused by our feelings, as we are by theirs.
So...what does that say about me and my daughter? Probably best we don’t think about it too much.
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.
Some of the descriptions of New York were very good, and the dialogue with his sister was well done. I have many friends who love this book and really identify with it, but personally it didn't connect. Maybe if I were an angst-filled teen I would have enjoyed it more.
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I was really skeptical of it because my english teacher said it was a "classic" and my...Read more