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5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST book I have ever read., 12 Feb 2008
This review is from: The Catcher in the Rye (Paperback)
I first started reading this book out of simple curiousity: it had no synopsis on the back. The fact is that there is no real plot, and although others think that there is no point in a book with no story, i love it.
It gives a wonderful insight into the life and mind of a 16 year old boy and by the end of the book I felt like i really knew Holden better than anybody in real life. I was able to identify so well with Holden, which i rarely get with many books. i think that the people who dislike this book are "the Phonies" who always felt like they fit in with the world and they fail to understand the thoughts of Holden.
The way it is written is incredible, it was like having a conversation: Holden would start telling you about one thing, and then sort of get sidetracked by another thought and really get into that. with some books you begin reading about something and you stick on that same thread for a really long time, with The Catcher In The Rye this doesn't happen. its awesome.
The only fault i can find with this book is that for weeks after reading it, i went around calling everyone a "goddam phoney," which does get a little annoying after a while.
In conclusion, read it. it is the best book you will read for a long time. no matter how many times i read it, it remains fresh and has a huge impact on me.
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Initial post: 23 Jun 2010 09:58:55 BDT
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I have just read this book for the first time at the age of 63 and, unlike another reviewer, I didn't think it was too late. I wouldn't recommend anyone who is feeling depressed to start reading it as it would probably make them feel worse. However, if you are feeling reasonably robust, this book will take you into the confused world of an adolescent as he grandiosely tries to take on the adult world and decides he doesn't much like what he finds. From the first sentence, the writing draws you in. Holden, the narrator, is a tease: sometimes he will tell you his innermost thoughts then backtracks on them; sometimes he withholds them just because he doesn't feel like it. Through the distinctive voice of Holden Caulfield, Salinger conveys a convincing character and we start to see the world through his jaundiced eyes. Psychologically, the character is convincing - we see a young man who is at once struggling to be accepted by his peers and by adults but is simultaneously repelled by their "phoniness". Even the more sympathetically portrayed grownups are flawed. Holden prefers to retreat to the simpler childhood world represented by his sister. Holden is both a rebel and a conformist. He loves his sister and his parents and has no wish to hurt them but he can neither live up to adult expectations of him nor fit in with his own age group. The most astonishing thing about this novel is that it was written in the 1940s - way ahead of its time.
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