The Catcher in the Rye (Paperback)
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DescriptionA 16-year-old American boy relates in his own words the experiences he goes through at school and after, and reveals with unusual candour the workings of his own mind. What does a boy in his teens think and feel about his teachers, parents, friends and acquaintances?
- Published: 01 May 1991
- Format: Paperback 224 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780316769488 ISBN 10: 0316769487
- Sales rank: 93
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Reviews for The Catcher in the Rye
This is a great, funny book that needs to be read several times. Every time I read this book I notice or learn something else!
I don't know how old the "Disappointed" reviewer is, but they are very wrong. I first read this when I was 16 and didn't like it, but read it again several years later and it was much better. This book was written quite a long time ago, and Holden talks the way a young man from the 40's would talk.
Great book! by Rachel
Definitely in the top 5 WORST books I have ever read. I'll go further and say it was actually frustrating to read - every second sentence ends in, "and all" or begins with, "so what I did was".
Everyone is either a phony or "old" so and so. Even his little sister is "old Phoebe". The main character, Holden, is one dimensional and the story goes nowhere. Literally nothing happens apart from Holden meeting a few people, who he doesn't like anyway, and proceeding to deliberately annoy them.
The flow is disjointed, going off on wild tangents at times (two whole pages on how it is hard to live with someone if you have a nicer suitcase than they do) and repetitive at others...or both!
I can't believe I read the whole thing but I persisted in the hope that it would get better. I was genuinely disappointed.
Do yourself a favour and read something else instead. by JV
- Top review
Great classic about teenage angst and loneliness. Love the writing style and attitudes expressed in this book. by Rolando Ventura
A book that must be read. Simply wonderful, a classic, an evergreen, that never die. by Laura