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A violent surfacing of adolescence (which has little in common with Tarkington's earlier, broadly comic, Seventeen) has a compulsive impact. "Nobody big except me" is the dream world of Holden Caulfield and his first person story is down to the basic, drab English of the pre-collegiate. For Holden is now being bounced from fancy prep, and, after a vicious evening with hall- and roommates, heads ... Read full review

Review: The Catcher in the Rye

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Since its publication in 1951, this novel is the comingofage story of Holden Caulfield whose fourday "odyssey" leaves him broken by society yet still compassionate. Read and cherished by generations, THE CATCHER IN THE RYE is one of America's literary treasures. Read full review

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The Catcher In the Rye is the story of Holden Caulfield and of his misadventures with the phoney adult world. Holden is on the quest to find his lost youth and innocence but to no avail. His adventures with his roommates, his kid sister Phoebe and his history teacher are all described in the novel. Holden learns to accept reality and must join the 'real world of phoneys.
My notes: In the novel Catcher in the Rye Holden Caulfield is an artetypal teenage rebel. In a sense he is a rebel without a cause. His enemy clearly is the adult world and he tries unsuccessfully to conquer their world.
Holden flunks out of the college or school he's in Pencey Prep. The timing of the story is at Christmas vacation. Of course this isn't the first school he's flunked out of, several other schools have classed him as a failure!
His kid sister Phoebe jostles with him. "Why did you do it?" is one of her questions, "I was surrounded by phoneys and mean guys" is Holdens reply to her. Phoebe listens and Holden words "Phoebe was listening, at least when someone listens it's alright" or words to those effect.
Holden brings Phoebe to the fairground where he watches as she goes on the ride. He gives her all of his Christmas money he'd left after flunking college. Holden feels so happy to see her going around and around on the dodgem rides "I was nearly crying for Christsake."
Holden hears this child singing the song "The Catcher In The Rye" and he wishes to be that himself. It reads "If a body catch a body coming through the rye", based on a poem by Robert Burns. The song cheers him up and he wishes to catch all children before they fall over the edge into the adult world and lose their innocence. "That's all I really want to be." are his own words, meaning all he wants to be is The Catcher In The Rye.
Quotes, humour: "H.V.Caulfield": "Holden Vitamin Caulfield"., "The whole lobby was empty. It smelled like fifty million dead cigars. It really did. I wasn't sleepy or anything , but I was feeling sort of lousy. I almost wished I was dead".
"Old Luce. What a guy. He was supposed to be my Student Adviser when I was at Whooton. The only thing he ever did , though, was give these sex talks and all, late at night when there was a bunch of guys in his room."
I'll now describe Holdens interactions with his history teacher whom he visits before leaving the college that Christmas.
"Do you blame me for flunking you boy?" he said.
"No, sir! I certainly don't," I said. I wished to hell he'd stop calling calling me"boy" all the time.
He tried chucking my exam paper on the bed when he was through with it. Only, he missed again, naturally. I had to get up again and pick it up and put it on top of the Atlantic Monthly. It's boring to do that every two minutes. "What would you have done in my place?" he said. "Tell the truth boy."
Well, you could see he really felt pretty lousy about flunking me. So I shot the bull for a while. I told him I was a real moron, and all that stuff. I told him I would've done exactly the same thing if I'd been in his place, and how most people didn't appreciate how tough it is being a teacher. That kind of stuff. The old bull.
Holden writes the novel from a mental hospital where he ends up, unable to fulfill his dream of being a Catcher in the Rye. From the last page of the novel I quote "That's all I'm going to tell about. I could probably tell you what I did after I went home, and how I got sick and all, and of what school I'm supposed to go to next fall, after I get out of here, but I don't feel like it. I really don't. That stuff doesn't interest me right now. A lot of people, especially this one psychoanalyst guy they have here, keeps asking me if I'm going to apply myself when I go back to school next September

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Simply a classic.
Must read, but read while your attending a school or university....for me it allowed me to imagine the environment much better.

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I just finished reading this classic by JD Salinger “Catcher in the Rye”. Reading the book was like reading a 16 year old kid, Holden Caulfield’s blog, a medium through which he is venting out his angst towards life in general. The author Is Holden as in, the book is written in first person. The kid is angry, depressed, sick and tired of his monotonous life, sick of going to schools full of phony people. Phony as in fake, hypocrite, pretentious.
Holden, has been a drop out from most of the prestigious schools, the novel begins when he is about to drop out of yet another school. Spread across around 3-4 days of his life in New York, a place where he was born and brought up, the entire book is a reading of his thoughts he has during these days.
The language of the book is that of a high school going American kid extremely casual and smooth and most importantly its like a talking. When you read the book you feel as if you are listening to some on radio or something and not reading a piece of literature. Phrases like, “anyways, as I was saying”, “…if you wanna know the truth”, “man that kills me” are extremely common throughout the book. The language sort of grows over you. After reading bout 10 chapters of the book I myself started using that kinda words while I was on Gtalk. Its strange one has to read it to know it I guess.
There is ample humor in the book. Humor is bound to be coz you are looking at the world through this kid’s eyes. So when one of his teacher gives him a serious lecture on how to go about his life, how to find what is it that he wants according to the mind he has got, all he can gather from the speech is that he was being very nice trying to help me find the size of my mind. Everything that’s serious and important to us adults seems to be funny and phony to him.
There is a line in the book where Holden talks about his favorite authors and books, he says he likes reading those books the most where he feels like he can call up the author as if the author is his buddy and discuss the characters and events in the book. This book is exactly that book. As I was reading it, I felt like talking to Holden. Felt like telling, “Kid, don’t be such a pessimist, life is not all that bad. You are a beautiful person, don’t let all your negative energy ruin that beauty of yours.” I believe this is what has made the book a classic, the way you connect to the protagonist.
Holden has an opinion about everything and body. Most of the time he isn’t impressed and is sarcastic. But there are things which he likes. His sister, the nuns a the station the ducks in the lagoon. I wonder what opinion will he have for me if he happens to meet me. Would he think I am a phony or would he like me? That’s how much I could connect with the character.

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The Catcher in the Rye is the story of a young man named Holden Caulfield. Holden is telling the story of his teenage life and the time his spent at a boarding school named Pencey Prep. He had attended a few other schools before Pencey that he flunked out of. Holden did not enjoy these boarding schools because they were full of, what he called, ‘phonies’. The story begins the day he leaves Pencey Prep in Pennsylvania and heads towards his home in New York. When he reaches New York he has no plans for the next few days so he decides to rent a hotel room for the night. After a visit with his sister he makes plans to hitchhike out west and starts a new life. Though he plans are cut short after he says goodbye to his sister.
In my opinion, The Catcher in the Rye was a very good book although it did use profanity very often in the text. I believe that the book could have left out many parts that had nothing to do with the story. The idea that Holden hated phonies was very strange since he was phony himself at times. He would overreact over small situations and think too far into things. He believed that people who acted like someone else was a phony but everyone acts that was at some point.
I would recommend this book to teenagers and adults as well. It is something that everyone should experience at least once in their life. This book gives a provoking look into the life of a ‘madman’. It will show you that even though things may look okay on the surface, real human emotions run much deeper than that.

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My favorite book of all time. I strive to be like Holden Caulfield (aside from smoking). Simply awesome, but you probably won't get everything out of it on your first read.

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this book is alright... i dont recommend reading it unless you would like to be inside someones head for 3 days, while they are having an emotional and mental break down....

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I didn't relate to the character of Holden and it made the book hard to enjoy. Reading it as an assignment took some of the enjoyment out of it.

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I think this book works well for younger students in their younger grades maybe 8th or 9th. I just read it and found it had a good story behind it looking back, but i thought it was dry. Personally it is not something that i usually just pick up and read but having read it for class i think that it was pretty good. If you are reading it to write a report on or to just have the book background it isnt to bad. Reading it for fun or pleasure might not be to great. 

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