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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely rubbish, 16 Sept. 2003
This review is from: The Catcher in the Rye (Paperback)
I've read my fair share of books over the years and when I decided to buy Catcher in the Rye, I was looking forward to a "classic". Unfortunately, I was left with the worst book I have ever read. Everything about it was poor.

Firstly, it spends two weeks in the life of an adolescent who thinks he is an adult and wants to act like one, but fails miserably.
Secondly, and the more important of the two, the way the book is written is a joke. All Salinger does is repeat himself over and over again. He constantly uses phrases like "I told him that, I really did" and everyone that Holden Caufield meets is "phony, they really are".
For a book of just over 200 pages, it took me a long time to plough my way through it.
I think this book is only famous for the wrong reasons. Had John Lennon still been alive this books sales would be significantly less than it is.
This is one to be avoided like the plague. A disaster.
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Initial post: 22 Sep 2008 00:10:21 BDT
A Customer says:
Your comment about Lennon is irrelevant. The book was already an established classic and part of the American High School curriculum.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Sep 2009 14:53:16 BDT
Are you saying The Plague is rubbish too?

Posted on 29 Dec 2009 12:09:09 GMT
I have got this book, but haven't read it yet. It will have to be really bad to be worse than Catch 22 - what unmitigated rubbish that was.

Posted on 14 Feb 2016 21:52:13 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Feb 2016 21:53:47 GMT
artistry says:
What your comment about the late John Lennon’s 1980s murder is inappropriate and upsetting to the fans of his songs and his band, Beetles. What you’re said is the fact you haven’t put any further research on his murder’s background but said that this book alone is the REASON of the murder’s motivation to kill the singer. Not mention on the document from books and television and psychology aspect with the murder’s personal life which he struggles from. Plus, like A Customer said the reason this book called “Classic” is because the original book release in year of 1951 era. And accordingly, to Wikipedia this book you called “Famous for the wrong reason” and “A disaster” made into the Time’s 2005 List of the best English – Language novels written since 1920 and BBC’s survey The Big Read in 2003 at #15 places. Also before reviewers started give shorter viewpoint on this book or ANY books in general they should at least done observant research on the content such as theme, issue and character development NOT just writing style alone. I don’t agree with you. When you said this is “Rubbish” book alone. I have seen other modern books who are extreme worse THAN this one and copy other exist book like Fifty Shade of Grey which end up getting a film in 2015! And the author of this book you called “Rubbish” don’t want this novel into a film version.
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