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The Catcher in the Rye

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Book Summary of The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in Rye is the ultimate novel for disaffected youth, but it's relevant to all ages. The story is told by Holden Caulfield, a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. Throughout, 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.

Lazy in style, full of slang and swear words, it's a novel whose interest and appeal comes from its observations rather than its plot intrigues (in conventional terms, there is hardly any plot at all). Salinger's style creates an effect of conversation, it is as though Holden is speaking to you personally, as though you too have seen through the pretences of the American Dream and are growing up unable to see the point of living in, or contributing to, the society around you.

Written with the clarity of a boy leaving childhood, it deals with society, love, loss, and expectations without ever falling into the clutch of a cliche.

About the Author
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. It was followed by three other books of short stories and novellas: Franny and Zooey; For Esme with Love and Squalor; and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters/ Seymour – an Introduction. All four of Salinger's books are published by Penguin.

Details of Book: The Catcher in the Rye (BSID:61738)

Book The Catcher in the Rye
Author J. D. Salinger
ISBN 0241950422
ISBN-13 9780241950425, 978-0241950425
Binding Paperback
Publisher Penguin Books India
Publishing Date 2010
Number of Pages 192
Language English
Dimensions 7.05 x 4.37 x 0.98 inches
Weight 126 grams

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Bird Brian December 15, 2010 review from Goodreads

Brian, aged 14 (B14): Holy Cow! Itâ??s Holden Caulfield!! I canâ??t believe itâ??s really you! Youâ??re like my hero!!Holden Caulfield (HC): Who are you?B14: (beaming) Iâ??m Brian- Iâ??m a huge fan!HC: (turns away, bored) Yeah, well, fuck offâ?¦ Iâ??m not interested in talking with you.B14: I get it! I get it! E...

mark July 04, 2011 review from Goodreads

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 cann...

Keely October 31, 2011 review from Goodreads

Sometimes truth isn't just stranger than fiction, it's also more 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 a...

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