The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

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The hero-narrator of 'The Catcher in the Rye' is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it. There are many voices in this novel: children's voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden's voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, 2001, c1951.
Edition: 1st Back Bay paperback ed.
ISBN: 9780316769174
0316769177
9781439576649
1439576645
9781417646395
141764639X
Call Number: SALIN
Characteristics: 277 p. ; 21 cm
Subjects: Caulfield, Holden (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Runaway teenagers -- Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Bildungsromans.

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blackarrows7954
Aug 21, 2020

The Catcher in the Rye by Salinger J.D. is about 16 year old Holden Caulfield. In the first few chapters, I was convinced that Holden was a typical rebellious teenager who believes what everyone else says is incorrect. Holden is like a typical teenager that hates everything, but he has a really different perspective on the world: he sees everything as fake and depressing. The story also is very good. I think a lot of teenagers have a lifestyle that they want but it is only a fantasy. This book touches on Holden’s fantasy and how he tries to reach the fantasy. I really like the book because it is relatable but through someone with a very different story than me.

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karyn8787
Aug 18, 2020

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Sallinger is a coming of age novel that tells the story of a 16 year old boy, Holden Caulfield. After flunking out of his fancy prep school, Holden decides to go to New York to escape the phoniness and affectation of his former life. Holden holds himself on a pedestal of sorts because he thinks he is above most everyone else in society because he is not “phony.” He does not understand how much of the world works and in that sense is extremely immature. While in New York, Holden reunites with old friends and meets new people. It is these experiences that make Holden reflect inward on his own personality, aspirations, and immaturity and “come of age,” per se.
It may be because I read this for school and was forced to annotate and overanalyze the entire novel, but I did not enjoy The Catcher in the Rye. I felt like Holden’s character and the entire book in general was extremely predictable. Furthermore, while I understand it was not Sallinger’s intention to create a conventional, likeable character, for the vast majority of the novel Holden was incredibly annoying, pretentious, and phony. This would make reading the book a frustrating, tedious task because I could not bring myself to sympathize with a hypocritical character with a massive superiority complex. With that said, I do see the draws of this book since it does not over romanticize the life of a teenager like most other stories do and it is very well written. I did also enjoy the ending because Holden finally grew out of his childish mindset and it was heartwarming to see. Nevertheless, I just cannot bring myself to really enjoy a book with such an unlikeable main character and relatively predictable storyline.

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TheBorgQueen
Jul 28, 2020

Catcher in the Rye is about Holden Caulfield, a 16 year old boy with a sour view about life. He thinks everyone around him are “phonies”, or people who are not genuine. Holden is eventually kicked out of his school, Pencey Prep, because of his low grades. He goes back to New York, where he spends his night roaming the city instead of going home. This book is a coming of age novel, where Holden Caulfield learns about becoming an adult and the things that come along with it.

I would recommend this book to anyone high school age and above. The message of the book may be lost to anyone younger, since many high school students relate to Holden a lot. This is a really good book, despite controversies around it. I liked how the author was able to describe many feelings that teenagers feel in such an accurate way. Many of the things that Holden said were things that I thought to myself, which is why it was so enjoyable to read.

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IshaanGupta30
Jul 24, 2020

The novel details two days in the life of Holden Caulfield after being expelled from a prestigious prep school. Holden travels to New York City all alone and rents a room in a hotel. There, he encounters situations that make him feel uncomfortable and calls them “phony.” He thinks everything adults do is phony and so are they. He then goes to his family and spends time with his sister. As compared to all the bad experiences with adults and teenagers, Holden finds a lot of happiness doing childish things with his sister, Phoebe.
Holden seems to be a relatable character throughout the novel. Yes, there are a couple moments which may seem like Holden is overreacting, but the fact is that his character is very interesting and the experience of the movie would not have been the same. I really liked the concept of the novel, especially because of the theme of innocence. The journey of Holden trying to save his and other children’s innocence is one to be read.

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gippy011
Jul 07, 2020

Catcher in the Rye Review
Catcher in the Rye is a novel written by J.D. Salinger and it follows a young man named Holden as he wanders around New York City and learns about himself and his place in the world. The story may seem small in scale but it has a lot of ideas about being a teenager and growing up in a changing society. A key constant is a change and the effect of it on people and what it can cause people like Holden to deal with. The novel is really relatable for younger people especially hence why it became a staple in high school classes. This novel is very good at conveying its ideas in a feasible and relatable manner for its audience. It’s really good at that especially. While Holden can come off as unrelatable for others he’s great at serving his purpose. The novel struggles with grabbing the reader’s attention at first in my opinion and it takes some time for it to find itself but once it gets going it’s really great but it can struggle at first. Other than that there’s not much else to say with spoiling it. This is a very strong novel and a must-read, especially for teens.

4 out of 5 stars
Age Rating: 14-above

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Arnavb1
Jun 30, 2020

The novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger is an American Classic which sets the stage for millions of future coming of age stories while creating believable characters living in a cruel world. The novel follows a teenager named Holden Caulfield who sets out to explore New York City and find his purpose in life. The controversial book is guaranteed to keep readers’ attention and spark up numerous conversations. One problem with this book is that it is wordy sometimes I would rate this book 13+.

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gurleen03
Jun 30, 2020

One significant teen book that is impactful in their youth is “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D Salinger. Holden Caulfield, a 16-year-old, is expelled from his preparatory school as a result of failing his classes. He is a very smart individual but the society and his beliefs discourage his talents, such as his writing skills. English was the only class he passed. Throughout the story, Salinger teaches teens and young adults by reflecting on how Caulfield is treated by others: being called phony. Caulfield is looked as a phony because of how he gives fake identities of himself to each person he ever encounters. Despite his personality, teenage life is reflected since Caulfield also faces factors that others have. Innocence is one quality teens have despite knowing it and Caulfield, himself, runs away from getting it snatched and helps others from losing it too. Since this book was first only allowed to be read by adults, I found the book extreme at times for a 16-year-old boy. Caulfield is relatable to many teens but by facing a mental disorder after his younger brother died, he had increased depression and isolation than most people. Overall, Salinger’s book was notable and full of lessons that make readers feel as if they are going through his hardships.

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kaitoryn
Jun 25, 2020

I went into this book without knowing much about it. All I knew was that it was, and still is, considered a classic and it revolves around a teenager. Not even my copy of the book had a summary or a page dedicated to the author, and I took it as the book's way of telling me to just simply read the story it had to tell. With those things in mind, I figured that now, while I am still a teen, was the perfect time to read The Catcher in the Rye.
To put it in the simplest of terms, Holden Caulfield is a lonely boy who roams the streets of New York, and despite the countless characters he interacts with, he has a depressingly hard time finding someone who actually listens to him. After reading others' opinions of the book, it appears that there are some who find Holden boring or repetitive with his thoughts. While I can understand why some may feel that way, it wasn't the case for me. Holden is very opinionated about many things, yet there is still much he conceals from the readers. I deeply encourage others to focus on his mental, rather than physical, journey. I found myself to be fascinated with Holden, despite how repetitive he may sound, and as I approached the end of the story, I realized that I didn't want it to end. I didn't want to leave Holden. I felt an incredible sadness for him throughout his journey, to the point where it somehow persuaded my cold-hearted self to fill my eyes with tears, a rare instance that has never happened while reading. Perhaps it was the solemn, silent mood of the 4am night I finished the book that encouraged me to feel deeply. Whether it was simply the story itself, or my emotions taking a larger toll on me than usual, The Catcher in the Rye is a book that has made an unforgettable imprint on my heart. It's one of those books that I will be sure to reread after many, many years when I am no longer a naive teenager, but an adult with an abundance of life experiences, just to see if it hits different.

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jpedone21
Jun 04, 2020

The novel Catcher In The Rye​ is a coming of age story that takes place in New York in the 1950s. The novel is narrated by sixteen-year-old Holden Caulfied. Catcher in the Rye is the recollection of events that Holden experienced after his expulsion from Pencey Prep, his school, and continues through his journey into New York. These events have an immense impact on Holden’s life and shape his journey into adulthood. Throughout the novel, Holden struggles to combat the “phoniness” of the society around him as he ventures through many places in New York while he attempts to mature as a young adult and define his true calling in life. C​atcher in The Rye is a novel for young-adult readers who are interested in a coming of age story filled with rebellion, wonder, and controversy. Holden’s experience has influenced people all over the world, through its contentious plot, to be authentically themselves. As a classic, Catcher in The Rye is a must-read. Therefore, take the journey with Holden as he recounts the thrilling and shocking struggles he faces in the “phony” society on his path to find his authentic self. I rated this novel a 4 out of 5 because I enjoyed the blatant and relatable character of Holden Caulfied, and the narrative view of reflecting upon past events was intriguing and interesting compared to a novel that is narrated as the events occur in real-time. It did not receive a 5-star rating only because of the nature of narrating based upon Holden's stream of consciousness, which makes the plot difficult to follow at times.

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lkim17
May 08, 2020

J.D. Saligner takes a new twist in his coming-of-age novel, told through the eyes of Holden Caulfield, a cynical teenager. After getting kicked out of his school, Holden decides to take a few days to wander around New York and try to connect with people. His attempts to bond with old friends demonstrates his unwillingness to grow up and face the real world. Although there are a few dry spots throughout the book, it has come to represent a large portion of adolescents through the book’s witty dialogue, themes, and Holden’s unforgettable character. This book truly is a literary staple for all teens to read at least once in their lifetime.

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Aug 21, 2020

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IshaanGupta30
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gurleen03
Jun 30, 2020

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blue_llama_157
Jul 10, 2018

I hope to hell that when I do die somebody has the sense to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetary. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you’re dead? Nobody.

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reginator_22
Jan 25, 2018

“Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”

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elishalozares
Jul 19, 2016

"I can't explain what I mean. And even if I could, I'm not sure I'd feel like it."

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tomadou1
Jul 20, 2015

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.

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KABuck
Jul 05, 2015

All the kids kept trying to grab for the gold ring, and so was old Phoebe, and I was sort of afraid she'd fall off the goddam horse, but I didn't say anything or do anything. The thing with kids is, if they want to grab for the gold ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything. If they fall off, they fall off...
(Salinger, 273 – 274)

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KABuck
Jul 05, 2015

"Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around—nobody big, I mean—except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff...I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all."
(Salinger, 224 – 225)

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FandomQueen
Jul 03, 2015

"I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera. It's terrible."

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FandomQueen
Jul 03, 2015

"The mark of an immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one."

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wendyvoid
Jul 01, 2015

“Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”

Levi_1 Jul 07, 2014

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.”
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

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amlo
Sep 06, 2013

Coarse Language: an extreme amount throughout the book

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amlo
Sep 06, 2013

Violence: some, very descriptive

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amlo
Sep 06, 2013

Sexual Content: some

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CindyDiane
Aug 01, 2013

Coarse Language: There is a LOT of cursing through the book. Holden's favorite term seems to be G-d and uses it constantly. Towards the end of the book he finds the phrase F-you a few times.

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CindyDiane
Aug 01, 2013

Violence: Slightly descriptive violence involving fights with other guys.

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CindyDiane
Aug 01, 2013

Sexual Content: While nothing happens sexually, there is a lot of talk and the main character (Holden) does attempt to purchase a hooker for the evening with the intention of sleeping with her but chickens out after she arrives.

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orangeana
Jul 13, 2013

Coarse Language: a lot of it - but that's what makes it funny

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liya6
Jul 12, 2013

Violence: Some

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liya6
Jul 12, 2013

Coarse Language: A lot

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liya6
Jul 12, 2013

Sexual Content: Some

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Marihyd
Jun 21, 2016

When a boy gets kicked out of his school, he wanders into New York to avoid the wrath of his mother. During this time, he reflects on his memories and catches up with old friends.

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agk7
Jun 29, 2015

Holden Caulfield is trying to transition into the adult world. He leaves his prep school; Pencey, and goes to New York City for three days in attempt to relax before going home. Holden has many encounters with people that give us insight to his view of the world and the people around him.

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klemcicle
Jun 25, 2015

This story is about a college dropout... well, kicked out boy who takes his time getting home over the span of a few days before he has to break the news to his parents that he was kicked out of school. Again. This story is about what he does in the time being while in the north east coast exploring the cities.

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VampireHunterD
May 12, 2013

Events that occur in the days after Holden Caulfield gets kicked out of highschool.

valentinavl Mar 29, 2013

Holden Caulfield is a 17 yr old boy has been kicked out of Pencey, wants to save children from adulthood by metaphorically being the Catcher in the Rye.

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fearlessforever
Dec 11, 2012

Basically a summary of Holden Caulfield's uneventful life for three days. He gets kicked out of his High School and journey's back home for Christmas.

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re_discover
Jun 22, 2011

"And so, that made me kind of depressed."

"But then I didn't feel like it."

The end.

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