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The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

Book rating: 04 Paperback

By (author) J. D. Salinger

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  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 106mm x 170mm x 18mm | 140g
  • Publication date: 1 May 1991
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0316769487
  • ISBN 13: 9780316769488
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 110

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A 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?

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By Rachel 29 Mar 2013 5

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!
Genuinely funny!
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 JV 07 Feb 2013 1

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 Rolando Ventura 30 Jan 2013 4

Great classic about teenage angst and loneliness. Love the writing style and attitudes expressed in this book.

By Laura 30 Jan 2010 5

A book that must be read. Simply wonderful, a classic, an evergreen, that never die.