Teenager Holden Caulfield has just been expelled from yet another prep school for failing his classes and having a really bad attitude. This story recounts his adventures and observations during a weekend on his own in New York City.
I remember being quite shocked at Holden's anti-social thoughts and non-stop profanity and not liking him at all when I first read this book. It was a pleasure to reread it forty years later and find that my feelings for him had changed a lot; now I find him a bright, charming, and pitiable combination of the social misfit from "Napoleon Dynamite," the angry young man from "Rebel Without a Cause," and a bit of Eddie Haskell. His penchant for vulgarity and manic emotionality remind me of a scared puppy who's all bark and no bite; he's in desperate need of attention and affection and luckily, he gets it.
This classic character study of a troubled boy is highly recommended for mature readers.
As a college student, I can still easily recall reading "The Catcher in the Rye" for English class during my sophomore year of high school. J.D. Salinger's coming-of-age story spoke to me-- it spoke to all of us who read it. No one really reads the books in sophomore year English class at a public high school. But everyone, and I mean everyone, read this book, willingly, every word of it. I don't want to give spoilers, but the story is that … more
The Catcher in the Rye will always be one of my favorite books. His writing style is very unique in that there are so many elements that draw the reader in immediately. There truly is nothing else like it out there. J.D. Salinger created the perfect literary character in Holden Caulfield and by the end of the novel you feel like he's one of your very own life long friends because the way he feels is so relatable. Many of us will probably never get into the situations that he manages to, but … more
Well, It wasn't the most interesting book I've ever read but it's special like all the other books I read when I was younger in school. I read it again not long ago. I found a lot more humor in it than when I was younger. I remember thinking a long time ago how the book would just drag on and on and there wasn't much of a point to the story. Now I realize what a great novel it is and how wonderfully written it is. … more
Holden Caulfield, the main character of J.D. Salinger's novel is a teen age boy filled with angst that we can all relate to at some point in our lives. Holden Caulfield like many of his age is bored with his current life. Living at an all boy school, nothing too exciting happens for him. Seeking something more, he leaves and goes on an adventure throughout New York City. The duration of the story is about a full day, but it is the most action packed day that ensures Caulfield enough life … more
The Catcher In The Rye is a controversial book both due to its content and the amount of profanity and because of the writing style. Is it a great book written in a satirical style? Is it a poor book written by a subpar author? That's really up to you to decide although in my case I feel it's the former. It's a short story written in a very novel fashion - as if the main character, Holden Caulfield, was telling you the story rather than you reading it. This brings an interesting perspective … more
As so many other young American high schoolers were, I was assigned to read The Catcher in the Rye. I had heard good things and my teacher had said this was considered an influential book. As I began reading I found a very whiny, angst-filled boy lacking adult direction. As the book continued little change. Holden annoyed me and I do not feel bad for him. His fate was of his own doing and whining about it doesn’t help the situation. I feel like this book gave a lot of people … more
Like many who have come before me and are sure to come after me, I had heard many good things about The Catcher in the Rye. Going into it, I had heard that it had been placed on the banned book list at one point due to the profanity of language and certain adult themes that were presented.. However, upon finally reading it recently, I found it quite disappointing. It seemed like countless other coming of age tales which star a rebellious teen who gets kicked out of school … more
The Catcher in the Rye will always hold a special place in my heart. I read it in High School, and I can remember thinking "when are we going to get to the point of this story!?" Then I read it again, in college, and saw so much more. In the few years between readings, I watched so many people experience some of the same frustrations as Holden Caulfield; the story finally made sense. My favorite character every time I’ve read this book … more
The Catcher in the Rye is a 1951 novel by J. D. Salinger. Originally published for adults, it has since become popular with adolescent readers for its themes of alienation and rebellion. It has been translated into almost all of the world's major languages. Around 250,000 copies are sold each year, with total sales of more than sixty-five million. The novel's protagonist and antihero, Holden Caulfield, has become an icon for teenage rebellion.
The novel was included on a 2005 Time Magazine list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923, and 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 frequently challenged in the United States for its liberal use of profanity and portrayal of sexuality and teenage angst. It also deals with complex issues of identity, belonging, connection, and alienation.