The "brilliant, funny, meaningful novel" (The New Yorker) that established J. D. Salinger as a leading voice in American literature--and that has instilled in millions of readers around the world a lifelong love of books.
"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."
The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caufield. 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.
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File J.D. Salinger’s iconic first novel under Early American Young-Adult Blockbuster. The Catcher in the Rye revolves around protagonist Holden Caulfield, who’s recovering from a nervous breakdown in a sanitarium out West, giving him time to reflect on his tortured trip home to New York City after being expelled from Pencey Prep in Pennsylvania. It seemed shocking when this mixed-up, foulmouthed prep-school reject became the hero of teens all around the world. But more than half a century later, Holden’s radically authentic voice continues to entrance readers of all ages. By the time you finish reading this heartbreaking and hilarious story of disillusionment, Holden’s collapse seems like the only sane reaction to this “crappy” and “phony” world we live in.
Favorite book of all time
I recently re-read this. We read it in school but it never really stuck with me. Honestly the whole time I was reading I kept waiting for something major to happen or a plot twist. It never did. It seemed to just be the normal day to day of a teen. Full disclosure I have bi polar disorder and other mental illness. And when the realization came at the end and the sudden rush came over me at once I cried til I couldn’t breathe. No book has ever related to me so perfectly and no other ever could. If you start to feel like the book isn’t really going anywhere just keep going, I promise you will see. Especially if you suffer from mental illness. 20/10 would recommend!
Love this book
Til death do us part. I read this book a million times and I’m still not bored with it. It resonates with me, I understand the main character. For those who have never faced or seen this hardship of depression and grieving will consider the protagonist annoying but he is simply misunderstood. I say give it a go.
Not my favorite
The story line was good but the words didn’t really flow for me. Holden swears kinda excessively which kind of made it less enjoyable.