Review: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

catcher in the ryeThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Details: Mass Market Paperback, 214 pages
Published: May 1991 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 1945)
Source: I bought it.
Buy it: The Book Depository
My Rating: 5 stars

Summary: Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with “cynical adolescent.” Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he’s been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. It begins,
“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them.”

His constant wry observations about what he encounters, from teachers to phonies (the two of course are not mutually exclusive) capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation.

Review: The Catcher In The Rye is a book that I’ve been wanting to read for a very, very long time. I have no idea why it took me so long to finally pick it up, but I am so glad that I did.

I don’t have a single complaint about this book. I loved it. I loved everything about it. I can’t believe I read it as fast as I did. I flew right through it. I couldn’t put it down.

This is now a favorite of mine that I will recommend to everyone I know. I will also be reading it over and over again. Please read it if you haven’t yet. It is so good.

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