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Catcher in the Rye | Paperback

Released on 04 August 1994

Author: J. D. Salinger | Format: Paperback

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"The Catcher in the Rye" is J . D. Salinger's world-famous novel of disaffected youth. Holden Caulfield is a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. Navigating his way through the challenges of growing up, Holden dissects the 'phony' aspects of society, and the 'phonies' themselves: the headmaster whose affability depends on the wealth of the parents, his roommate who scores with girls using sickly-sweet affection. Written with the clarity of a boy leaving childhood behind, "The Catcher in the Rye" explores the world with disarming frankness and a warm, affecting charisma which has made this novel a universally loved classic of twentieth-century literature. J. D. Salinger was born in 1919 and died in January 2010. He grew up in New York City, and wrote short stories from an early age, but his breakthrough came in 1948 with the publication in The New Yorker of "A Perfect Day for Bananafish". "The Catcher in the Rye" was his first and only novel, published in 1951. It remains one of the most translated, taught and reprinted texts, and has sold some 65 million copies.His other works include the novellas "Franny and Zooey", "For Esme with Love and Squalor", and "Raise High the Roof Beam", "Carpenters", published with "Seymour - An Introduction".

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 Almost perfect!

| | See all DemonSun's reviews (9)

I loved this book. It's an intriguing narrative into an erratic, misanthropic and ultimately pitiful mind. Disturbing at times and hilariously mad in places. I really felt for the main character 'Holden Caulfield'. My only criticism is for the ending which I felt was frustratingly abrupt and unsatisfying, purely because the rest of the story was so captivating and always felt like it was leading to an intersting end. However despite this, I still thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who is intersted in checking it out.

 Reclusive Brilliance

| | See all Cahilljpaul's reviews (1)

The Catcher in the Rye is one of those books that can change your life, but only if you let it. The Idea of this complex character struggling between an apparent social dismay and the need for close intimacy can be both interesting and melancholic.
The story follows a young man named "Holden Caufield" whose search for meaning and reassurance in a "phony" infested city takes him on an adventure of self discover, Meeting and thinking of true to life characters.
This book should not suffer in the shadow of a murder case but reside in the hands of anyone who questioned life. This book is a classic and it deserves to be bought read and talked about.
I urge you gently to endeavor and see for yourself how good this story is.
Unless your a phony.

 Enjoyed it!

| | See all Vernhead's reviews (21)

I actually brought this because I wonderd why the assasinator of John Lennon was holding it in his hands when he killed him. I was expecting some sort of psycopathic book which maybe gave some explanation to as why he killed him. Maybe it does to an extent as he called a lot of people "phonies" and maybe he thought John Lennon was one but still not really much of a reason to kill a legend!

Apart from that I enjoyed the book its about a young guy growing up over a particular summer in New York. He gets fed up with everything probably mild depression and tries to run away.

The text is from his point of view so dont expect any highly detailed explanations about the sea and stars.

The thing about this book is I'm not sure if I get it, maybe a spoilers review section could be put up to stop me ruinging it!

 Why all the hype?

| | See all gavinro's reviews (19)

As an avid reader of anything that is supposed to be a 'classic' i approached this book with a great deal of excitement, only to be left feeling hugely let down. When i finished this book, i really could not for the life of me grasp what people rave on about this book for. For me anyway, it just felt rather vague and pointless and i found the charcaters in the novel massively frustrating, i just felt like shouting out 'Get a life and do something with yourselves. I will not be recommending this book.

 Smells Like Teen Spirit (R.I.P. JD)

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I studied this book in college a few years ago- to me this book is a perfect encapsulation of the teenage angst that i felt (and still feel today, even though i'm 20 years old i'm still a teenager at heart) this is the literary equivalent of Kurt Cobain & John Lydon & every other youth rebellion since then. if you're an angry young man/woman, you gotta read this


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AuthorJ. D. Salinger
PublisherPenguin Books Ltd (United Kingdom)
FormatPaperback - 208 Pages