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The Catcher in the Rye The hero narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult secondhand description he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but almost hopelessly impaled on it There are many voices in this novel children's voices adult voices underground voices but Holden's voice is the most elouent of all Transcending his own vernacular yet remaining marvelously faithful to it he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure However like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders he keeps most of the pain to and for himself The pleasure he gives away or sets aside with all his heart It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep JD Salinger's classic novel of teenage angst and rebellion was first published in 1951 The novel was included on Time's 2005 list of the 100 best English language novels written since 1923 It was named by Modern Library and its readers as one of the 100 best English language novels of the 20th century It has been freuently challenged in the court for its liberal use of profanity and portrayal of sexuality and in the 1950's and 60's it was the novel that every teenage boy wants to read

About the Author: J.D. Salinger

Jerome David Salinger was an American author best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye as well as his reclusive nature His last original published work was in 1965; he gave his last interview in 1980 Raised in Manhattan Salinger began writing short stories while in secondary school and published several stories in the early 1940s before serving in World War II In 1948 he publishe

10 thoughts on “The Catcher in the Rye

  1. says:

    journal entrytoday i am 15 years old everything is all bullshit as usual i can't believe how fucked everything is around me like i'm surrounded by zombies i can't talk to any of my so called friends i can't talk to jamie i can't talk to my parents who would bother listening anyway i cannot wait to leave orange county this place makes me fuc

  2. says:

    I was worried as hell about reading this book again The last time I read it was about a thousand years ago when I was just a kid I was lousy with angst just like good old Holden back then I really was Now that I’m a crummy old guy I figured that I wouldn’t like it any That’s the one thing about crummy old guys they always hate books that ki

  3. says:

    I read this book for the first time in the 8th grade I had to get my mom to sign a permission slip because of the cursing Before I began reading I had so many expectations Back then I read Seventeen Magazine and back then Seventeen Magazine ran brainy features about books and poetry There was one feature where they asked people what book changed their

  4. says:

    If I could give this book a zero I would I absolutely hated it Generally I don't hate books either Usually it's a very strong dislike and generally I give them a second chance But no I will never be reading this book againIn my opinion Holden is the worst character in the English language Salinger tried just too damn hard to make him 'universal' to the point

  5. says:

    My theory as to this book's unusually polarizing nature either you identify with Holden Caulfield or you don'tThose who see themselves either as they were or God help them as they are in Holden see a misunderstood warrior poet fighting the good fight against a hypocritical and unfeeling world; they see in Salinger a genius because he gets it and he gets themThose

  6. says:

    50 stars I LOVE IT when I go into a book with low expectations and it ends up knocking me on my ass Admittedly this is tougher to do with classics but it certainly happened in this case I remember first reading this in school like many of us and not thinking it was anything special However having first read it almost 25 years ago I knew I had to read it again before I c

  7. says:

    I read the end of The Catcher in the Rye the other day and found myself wanting to take Holden Caulfield by the collar and shake him really really hard and shout at him to grow up I suppose I've understood for some time now that The Catcher in the Rye a favorite of mine when I was sixteen was a favorite precisely because I was sixteen At sixteen I found Holden Caulfield's cri

  8. says:

    In my hand I hold 5 I will give it to anyone who can explain the plot of this book or why there is no plot and make me understand why the hell people think it's so amazing

  9. says:

    Sometimes truth isn't just stranger than fiction it's also interesting and better plotted Salinger helped to pioneer a genre where fiction was deliberately less remarkable than reality His protagonist says little does little and thinks little and yet Salinger doesn't string Holden up as a satire of deluded self obsessives he is rather the epic archetype of the boring yet self important

  10. says:

    Well this was a pain to get throughFirst of all this is a shitty way to start a novel no matter how you want to introduce your main character 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

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