- Library Binding
- Publisher: Paw Prints; Reprint edition (18 Sept. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439550050
- ISBN-13: 978-1439550052
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (776 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Catcher in the Rye Library Binding – 18 Sep 2008
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Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with "cynical adolescent". Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his 16-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. It begins:
If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two haemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them.His constant wry observations about what he encounters, from teachers to phonies (the two of course are not mutually exclusive), capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation. --Amazon.com
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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.
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Long story short, I think this is amazing. Right from the first page I was hooked. I'm very much on the same level as Caulfield. His mind set is similar to my own, and he came to life right before my eyes. It's difficult to put my finger on why I love this novel so much, I think it's because of how introspective it is. I spend a lot of my time thinking, and I suppose that aspect of my personality transcends the form of this story. For my own reasons, this is one of my favorite novels. I think that the majority of people can relate to this, as there will always be things in this world that anger us, and this is a brilliant indulgence in the cynical side of ourselves.
From what I've experienced in other reviews, there's a divide between those who think the character is unappreciative and the novel simply boring, and people who say it is a brilliant classic. It's the detractors which I will address. The beauty of the novel (at least for me) is the cynicism. Don't let this criticism put you off.
Holden's stream of consciousness is fascinating. He is a well meaning, flawed eccentric. He's looking for meaning in a meaningless world of 'phonies'. His search for meaning, and need to connect, causes him to ask seemingly crazy questions about 'where the ducks in Central Park go in winter and why the fish don't die when the lake is frozen over'. He is transcending the ordinary visceral selfish world of the material and the flesh and looking for fulfilment. He is of course looking for a reason for the death of his innocent teenage brother although this is never made obvious by the author. Holden is trying to be grown up by drinking, dating and engaging a 'gas cooker' but his heart is firmly ensconced in childhood, hence his desire to save youth and innocence enshrined in his 'catcher in the rye' myth.Read more ›
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