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Why Catcher in the Rye became a trend setter in the genre of Teen novels

Post by: Sudipto Ghosh

 Jerome David (J.D.) Salinger spent his childhood in dairy and meat factory that his father ran. With a relatively adventur

ous life, Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is rated as one of the most influential American book of the 20th Century. One of the most private authors of the last century, “Sonny” as he was popularly called managed to give a clear picture of what adolescent is all about.

 

The Catcher in the Rye figures in the Top 100 novels of the last century and has a recorded sale of 250,000 copies every year. It narrates the life of Holden Caulfield and his cynical approach to live life as an adolescent. Barely sixteen, his life is blotted with suspension from the preparatory school. With a selected list of slangs and expletives, The Catcher in the Rye continues to be a fun read for teenagers and young adults who want to explore the meaning of “give her the time” and making a romantic “chewing the fat”. If you are an 8thgrader, you might have to get your mother sign the permission slip. Holden is a cult figure who makes it promisingly attractive with assortment of touching poses about wanting to be the “catcher in the rye,” which in reality is a mission to  not save children but to be a child again.

 

 

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