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The Catcher in the Rye Book Review, Book by J.D. Salinger
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The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye (Paperback)

The Catcher in the Rye (Paperback)

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4 Stars
2 Ratings
Published by Little Brown & Company

224 pages

ISBN-10:

0316769487

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9780316769488)

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Rs. 402

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Anyone who has read J.D. Salinger's New Yorker stories ? particularly A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, The Laughing Man, and For Esme ? With Love and Squalor, will not be surprised by the fact that his first novel is fully of children. 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 Pen...

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Set in 1949, the story commences with Holden Caulfield describing encounters he has had with students and faculty of Pencey Prep in Agerstown, Pennsylvania . He criticize.. More details Set in 1949, the story commences with Holden Caulfield describing encounters he has had with students and faculty of Pencey Prep in Agerstown, Pennsylvania . He criticizes them for being superficial, or "phony." After being expelled from the school for his poor academic performance, Holden packs up and leaves the school in the middle of the night after a physical altercation with his roommate. He takes a train to New York but does not want to return to his family and instead checks into the dilapidated Edmont Hotel. There, he spends an evening dancing with three tourist girls and has a clumsy (that eventually ends up being rotten) encounter with a young prostitute named Sunny.
Holden calls and meets his girlfriend, Sally Hayes, and after a pleasant evening ends up passing a bad comment. Sally leaves him, in spite of him trying to apologize for his mistake. Holden spends a total of three days in the city, and the time is characterized largely by drunkenness and loneliness.
At one point he ends up thinking about the Museum of Natural History, which he frequently visited as a child. He contrasts his life with the statues of Eskimos on display.
Eventually, he sneaks into his parents' apartment while they are away, to visit his younger sister, Phoebe, the only person with whom he communicates. Phoebe views Holden as a hero, and Holden's view of her is virtually identical.
Holden shares a fantasy: he pictures himself as the sole guardian of numerous children running and playing in a huge rye field on the edge of a cliff. His job is to catch the children if they wander close to the brink; to be a "catcher in the rye." Because of this misinterpretation, Holden believes that to be a "catcher in the rye" means to save children from losing their innocence.
After leaving his parents' apartment, Holden drops by to see a former and much admired English teacher, Mr. Antolini, in the middle of the night, and is offered advice on life and a place to sleep. Mr. Antolini tells Holden that it is the mark of the mature man to live humbly for a cause, rather than die nobly for it. This is at odds with Holden's ideas of becoming a "catcher in the rye," a heroic figure who symbolically saves children from "falling off a crazy cliff" and being exposed to the evils of adulthood.
During the speech on life, Mr. Antolini has a number of cocktails and when Holden wakes up the next morning he finds Mr. Antolini's action inappropriate.
Holden leaves and spends his last afternoon wandering the city. He later wonders if his interpretation of Mr. Antolini's actions was actually correct, and seems to wonder how much it matters anyway.
Holden decides to head out west, and when he mentions these plans to his little sister, she decides to go with him. Holden declines her offer, which upsets Phoebe, so Holden decides not to leave after all. He takes her to the Central Park Zoo to cheer her.
He alludes to "getting sick" and living in a mental hospital, and expresses his desire to attend another school in September. He ends the novel with the words, "Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."
Despite the numerous criticism and remarks on the author's style of writing (And language used), this book is a great read.
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About J.D. Salinger

Jerome David Salinger was born in New York in 1920. He is immensely popular for his ‘coming of...