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.
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a true classic
the Rye captures the angst felt by every child passing through adolescents on their way adulthood. it resonates with everyone who reads it.
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I ignored the endless praise for this book. I went out of my way to avoid reading The Catcher in the Rye. When I was 21 and bored, I finally got around to reading it and I was not disappointed. The writing style is one of a kind. Although the story isn’t necessarily interesting to me, the writing itself got to me. Who would’ve known? Everyone should read this book. Everyone takes something different from it. Some have described it as “life changing” although I’d hesitate to state openly that it had that effect on me. As a writer, however, this book was an antidote to writer’s block. If only for the educational merit, this book is a must read.
One to come back to!
I love this book, especially coming back to it again and again. There’s no more serious disillusionment than realizing the nuance of the world and that everything isn’t so simple, no matter what lens you use. And through the eyes of the disaffected teen Holden Caulfield, JD Salinger helps everyone feel a little less sure of themselves, and a little more jaded. Or, maybe, a little less, depending on where one is in life.