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The Catcher in the Rye Hardcover – July 16, 1951
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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.
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. --none --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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I think the Catcher in the Rye is a book that subtly introduces ideas through symbols and humor. Holden never directly states his own opinions about reality and innocence which made the book more interesting to read. There was a lot of profanity in this book, but it is understandable considering all the inner turmoil Holden faces and this book is also in first person so the reader reads exactly what Holden thinks. I also liked that Salinger left the reader to wonder what would happen to Holden at the end of the book instead of telling the reader exactly what will happen to him. Overall the Catcher in the Rye is a very meaningful book that conveys Salinger's opinion on reality once the reader looks beyond the superficial meaning of the words.
Holden is 16 years old, confused, lonely, and depressed teenager. There are lots of stream of consciousness to provide many obstacles in life. He always “feels sorry” for people, Holden usually say things that might be too honest to the point that it's offensive. He also doesn't filter words as well. There were also many symbols in the book such as the hunting hat, and children. Overall, Catcher in The Rye is appealing,and Holden's humor was amazing.I recommend reading this book, because it is quite interesting and fun to read.
Instead, Holden wants to learn about the prostitute. He cares for her. He wants to talk to her. Discuss things. Isn't that strange? Totally out of character. It is not what one would expect. That's Holden.
Perhaps one of the biggest problem, though, is that people who do not want to be a "phony" -- those who would prefer to, in Thoreau's words, "march to their own drummer," have a difficult time. Holden doesn't have many friends. He seems like a drifter. Doesn't really do well in school.
Is this a lesson to be learned? Are the bums on the street former Holden's, unable to adjust to reality, drifting to find their authenticity somewhere in the world? It is certainly possible.
On the prose: The prose is wonderful. Very readable, as many have mentioned. It's always very inexpensive and I recommend that everyone should have one copy in their book shelf.
-- Michael Gordon, from Los Angeles.
It is an incredible coming of age story that has been taught in schools for decades.
As far as the copy goes, it came in the condition I expected. It arrived fast. It is a great book.
I remember being quite shocked at Holden's anti-social thoughts and non-stop profanity and not liking him at all when I first read this book. It was a pleasure to reread it forty years later and find that my feelings for him had changed a lot; now I find him a bright, charming, and pitiable combination of the social misfit from "Napoleon Dynamite," the angry young man from "Rebel Without a Cause," and a bit of Eddie Haskell, too. His penchant for vulgarity and manic emotionality remind me of a scared puppy who's all bark and no bite; he's in desperate need of attention and affection and luckily, he gets it.
This classic character study of a troubled boy is highly recommended for mature readers.