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The Catcher In The Rye Paperback – 13 May 2010
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The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye is J . D. Salinger's novel of disaffected youth.
Holden Caulfield is a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. Navigating his way through the challenges of growing up, 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.
Written with the clarity of a boy leaving childhood behind, The Catcher in the Rye explores the world with disarming frankness and a warm, affecting charisma which has made this novel a universally loved classic of twentieth-century literature.
J. D. Salinger was born in 1919 and died in January 2010. He grew up in New York City, and wrote short stories from an early age, but his breakthrough came in 1948 with the publication in The New Yorker of 'A Perfect Day for Bananafish'. The Catcher in the Rye was his first and only novel, published in 1951. It remains one of the most translated, taught and reprinted texts, and has sold some 65 million copies. His other works include the novellas Franny and Zooey, For Esme with Love and Squalor, and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters, published with Seymour - An Introduction.
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I don't think k it is an original penguin print, i am pretty sure the seller is selling a plagarised version of this book. My advice, definitely read this book but do NOT buy from this seller/publisher, very disappointed!
What irked me was the unrealness of his character. Salinger tried so hard to make him 'relatable', that he stopped seeming real at all. Every person has at least a little ability to surprise you. But Holden barely does, says or thinks anything. And the worst part is that this blandness of his character is not realistic. It's entirely artificial.
In conclusion, all I want to say is: They're all phonies!
used to love this book when he was still a man. I remember well how he used to go on and on about it when we first met. There was some connection to The Beatles I’m sure, but I wasn’t really listening. Even then he bored me a little. It was the tone of his voice rather than the subject matter. He could make anything sound dull. And that only got worse as time wore on. Talk about ‘phoney’. Even when he announced that he didn’t think he was supposed to be a man, a gay one at that, that he he he was in the wrong body and all that malarkey, he could’ve been talking about the weather, so monotonous was his voice. I don’t know WHERE I’m going with all this, why I’m telling you, or why I’m buying the book. I just want to understand, though I don’t suppose I ever shall.
I don't really know were I was getting with that point. "The Catcher On The Rye" however is an excellent book, I especially recommend it for someone of my age group. However a basic interest in literature is probably necessary, if your son is pissed because you got him this book instead of, "GTA 5", don't blame me. Overall I conclude that this book satirises youth sub-culture excellently, and whether it has a deeper meaning reflecting the institutes of society is a matter to the reader, in my personal opinion it does. We each will reflect upon this novel differently and that is the beauty of personality.
More like a diary rather than a novel. Just the like of a young lad who flunked school and decided not to go home...but bounce around in NY