The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

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By (author) J. D. Salinger

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 111mm x 181mm x 15mm | 128g
  • Publication date: 4 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0241950422
  • ISBN 13: 9780241950425
  • Edition: 10000
  • Edition statement: Open Market ed
  • Sales rank: 493

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"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.

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By Luda 21 Nov 2011 3

I know this is a classic and a lot of people rave about this book.
This book describes and analyses the characters, places and what's happening in that boy's head very well.

However, I was waiting for more story. The moral of the book is either absent or very well hidden. We are so used to some sort of closure in a book, aren't we?

Not bad if you want something philosophical.