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The Catcher In The Rye

Salinger, J. D. (Paperback - 1991 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Catcher In The Rye


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Authors: Salinger, J. D. (Jerome David), 1919-2010
Title: The catcher in the rye
Publisher: Boston :, Little Brown,, 1991
ISBN: 9780316769488
0316769487
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Report This Apr 03, 2014
  • pb100 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

*slight spoiler* I enjoyed it! There were some parts that were boring, but overall it was worthwhile. I found that I really related to Holden Caulfield (maybe just my lack of desire to grow up). I was hoping for a better ending though...I wonder if he ever ended up calling Jane.

Report This Feb 09, 2014
  • sigridmac rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I try to read this book every 10 or 20 years because as I age, it takes on a different meaning for me. Found it just as amusing and insightful this time around as always, especially after watching a special on Salinger on American Masters. Apparently JDS wrote every day when he was in seclusion and deemed those works eligible for publication after his death. New Salinger stuff coming up sometime between 2015 and 2020! Cause for celebration.

Report This Dec 03, 2013
  • Green_Deer_12 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I agree with AtomicSpatula and epurys.

Report This Nov 17, 2013
  • AtomicSpatula rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

An absolutely terrible book. The narrator's mode of speech is aweful, often repeating phrases over and over again until it literally "killed me". The story itself was interesting, but not exactly breakthrough material. The main character is almost impossible to like, for he criticizes many actions and characteristics of people with very little or no evidence or background knowledge. Overall, an unremarkable, fairly annoying tale about an idiotic boy who is running around New York begging to get slugged full on in the face.

Report This Sep 03, 2013
  • epurys rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this back in high school and didn't think too much of it. Personally, I don't understand the point of the book. I get that it's a coming of age story with a loss of innocence (Holden unwilling to join the "real world" and prefers to view everyone as phonies). But it seems nowadays the book doesn't connect to today's audience, which makes you wonder why they bother to continue teaching it in certain schools.____ I think that while this is a coming of age story, it's also a cautionary tale. Since the teenage audience can (for the most part) relate to this story, it's also serves as a warning. If they follow Holden down the same path, their future could be just as uncertain.___ I understand these concepts, but I'm not entirely convinced that this is all there is to the book. I think I'm going to see if Salinger has anything to say about it in a biography or something.____ With that said, I'm going to save my rating for when I finally "get" the book.____ Edit: (Deleted some parts of my review because it wasn't relevant). I think this is a great book. Maybe it's a bit simplistic (depending on your point of view) but it is definitely a literary work of art. The problem is that most readers aren't willing to try and understand the book because they're put off by Holden, who at times can be a dislikable character. To say people don't like him because they see themselves in him is assuming that's actually the case. But I think otherwise. They don't like him because they fail to acknowledge these characteristics in themselves. Even some people who like this book fail to do so.....____ If you read this, here's something to consider: at some point in your life, have you ever felt or acted in a similar manner to Holden? If you say "no," you are either a saint, completely oblivious to your own thoughts and feelings, or in denial. But let's assume you have; can you blame Holden for any of it?

Report This Jul 14, 2013
  • Ryan Akler-Bishop rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Holden Caufield is J.D. Salinger’s main character in the classic novel about youth, “The Catcher in the Rye”. Holden has made it difficult for some members of modern generations to respect this novel due to his notable hypocrisy. But I believe the reason for their lack of respect is due to the fact that they most likely see too much of themselves in this novel. Where J.D. Salinger’s true knack lies, is within his ability to create an understandable character. He did the same with his other works, “Raise High The Roofbeam Carpenters”, “Nine Stories” and “Franny and Zooey”, but none of those novels reached the perfection achieved within the pages of “The Catcher in the Rye”. The story “The Catcher in the Rye” tells is of a young man, named Holden Caufield living in the 1950s, who has recently been informed he won’t be returning to school for the next semester due to poor academic success. He leaves school early, leaving him with a few days before he is to return home for Christmas. During these days, he walks around Pennsylvania as he slowly discovers who he truly is. Salinger was only thirty-two years of age when he wrote “The Catcher in the Rye”, which explains his clear ability for the understanding of youth. The novel is clearly written by someone who was young, and has an ability to reach into their mind and dissect and analyze what makes youth tick. His characters are built on the vibrant truth of existence, and that it was makes this novel the masterpiece it is. I also find it to be astounding that to this date, people consider “The Catcher in the Rye” to be controversial. The novel depicts the language and thoughts of an overly suffocated boy who desperately searches to rebel against the conventionality of society. To proclaim that this novel is “evil” or deliver such a comment demonstrates clear blindness from the reader. They clearly don’t understand modern generations, considering the fact that this novel is not only very mild in comparison to these generations. As well, “The Catcher in the Rye” is not going to cause malice through corrupting the reader, it will simply give younger readers a sense of understanding towards those around them, and an understanding for fine literature. The stream of conscious narration of “The Catcher in the Rye” is excellently exhibited so it seems to mirror the precise thought pattern of Holden’s brain. Philip Roth’s “Portnoy’s Complaint” is the only novel to even approach the success with stream of conscious narration that Salinger did. The style perfectly suits the philosophy behind the novel. But what is the philosophy behind “The Catcher in the Rye”? Salinger exhibits many unique theories on human interaction, but I find the greatest of all his theories to be embed within the last line of the novel: “Don’t tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody”. Holden wandered around meeting new people, and the novel focused on his interactions with various people and how he would develop his opinions of them. Many of the times, he would declare they were “phonies” or other such harsh judgements he’d explain with a great deal of hypocrisy. But with those final words, it seems as though he is finally admitting to being a false pessimist. His cynicism was manufactured in order to deny his true feelings. It’s those final words that help grasp the genius of “The Catcher in the Rye”.

Report This Jul 13, 2013
  • orangeana rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is my favorite book ever. I could probably write a whole book on how much I love THIS BOOK!!! If you're a teen, you've just got to read it. It's truly amazingly written and captivating and he talks and acts like a real teenager. Holden is my hero.

Report This Jul 12, 2013
  • liya6 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I am kind of disappointed that this novel fails to meet the expectations generated by the mystique it is shrouded in. It has too much use of 1940s New York vernacular, and too much whining. Although the allegory is good, the "catcher in the rye" but Holden doen't change much throughout the story and is about a self obsessed central character. It's themes are great, but I just don't like it's writing style.

The Catcher in the Rye is a book narrated by Holden Caulfield, the main character, who tells the reader about his misadventures in his school, Pencey Prep, and in New York City, where he wanders after being expelled. He is a reclusive, cynical teenager who searches for consistency in the world, hoping that somehow, innocence and purity can be maintained. This idealistic view is exemplified by his misinterpretation of Robert Burns' famous poem, where Holden wishes to be a "catcher in the rye" that saves children from falling off of cliffs, symbolizing his protection of their innocence. This novel is a great coming of age book which challenges readers to rethink the true meaning of maturity. Does maturity merely involve experiencing sexuality, violence, and alcohol, or is it having the self-control to abstain from such things when given the opportunity? Every reader, no matter how old or young, will be able to relate to Holden Caulfield somehow. There is something about his cold, apathetic attitude that still somehow elicits compassion and empathy from the reader. Holden's feeling of weltschmerz, a feeling of sadness that the world cannot be as he pictures it, is a universal feeling that all can relate to. Everybody has a little bit of Holden in them, which makes this book surprisingly relatable and accessible to many. This book is not recommended for people aged 12 or younger, since there is a frequent use of coarse language, references to alcohol, and references to sex. There is no real discernible plot in the novel, however, following Holden's progression from an immature, selfish boy into a more mature teen makes this book a worthwhile read!

Report This May 23, 2013
  • cjensen619 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Best book ever written (subjective view). One of the top 100 fictions ever written. The low ratings seem to be from people who did not "get it". Perhaps one needs to read it over.

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Report This Aug 27, 2013
  • blue_seastar_74 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

blue_seastar_74 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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  • CindyDiane rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

CindyDiane thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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  • liya6 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

liya6 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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  • Ryan Akler-Bishop rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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  • Ciresica rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Report This Dec 11, 2012
  • fearlessforever rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Jun 22, 2011
  • re_discover rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

"And so, that made me kind of depressed." "But then I didn't feel like it." The end.

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Report This Aug 01, 2013
  • CindyDiane rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Aug 01, 2013
  • CindyDiane rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Slightly descriptive violence involving fights with other guys.

Report This Aug 01, 2013
  • CindyDiane rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Report This Jul 13, 2013
  • orangeana rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Report This Jul 12, 2013
  • liya6 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Some

Report This Jul 12, 2013
  • liya6 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Some

Report This Jul 12, 2013
  • liya6 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: A lot

Report This Dec 11, 2012
  • fearlessforever rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Mild

Report This Dec 11, 2012
  • fearlessforever rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: A very colorful use of adjectives lol

Report This Jul 19, 2012
  • peterzhou rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: Not really that bad

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Report This Feb 21, 2014
  • georgetta rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"lousy with rocks"

Report This Jul 13, 2013
  • orangeana rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"That killed me."

Report This Jul 12, 2013
  • liya6 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

"You can't hardly ever simplify and unify something just because somebody wants you to" (24.21).

Report This Jul 12, 2013
  • liya6 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

"Lots of times you don't know what interests you most till you start talking about something that doesn't interest you most" (24.21).

Report This Jul 12, 2013
  • liya6 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

"I like it when somebody digresses. It's more interesting and all" (24.19).

Report This Sep 24, 2011
  • Ciresica rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

All morons hate it when you call them a moron.

Report This Dec 16, 2009
  • oliviay rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"you're aces, Ackley kid"

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