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The Catcher In The Rye

Salinger, J. D. (Paperback - 1991 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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 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.
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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Aug 03, 2014
  • jilly0522 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Truly frightening for any parent to think their little boy, who may show some of these tendencies, could grow up to be like Holden. I am certain he would have been diagnosed with ADHD in our modern times. I can see why psychopaths and murderers would be attracted to this book.
This was a quick, easy read and should probably be read by most young adults just to understand the way some folks think. It's always good to have knowledge of all kinds and types of people. I would not recommend this book for anyone under 18 or anyone who may be mentally unstable.

Jul 07, 2014
  • kimberleyhklibby rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The story was written using a strong voice and I enjoyed the honest, realistic view with which the author attributed to the main character. He assessed and judged and annualized people and his surroundings at large which made his character believable as we all do that every day of our life. However, the problem that I have with the novel is the use of language and the unfolding of the plot. Although the novel initially grabbed my attention, it didn't kept it and the use of excessive swearing was a definite deterrent.

Jul 07, 2014
  • Levi_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Among one of the greatest books I have read, clearly many people are upset and angry that they couldn't grasp the concept of The Catcher in the Rye, their ignorance is something that I can only pity and wish for them to re-read the book and hopefully understand the lessons within this book. At most this book is brutally honest and if you cant handle honesty then why bother?

Jun 26, 2014
  • szarnstorff rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I respect J.D. Salinger for serving with the 4th infantry during WW11 and landing on Utah Beach. His book may be iconic but that is because he shocked the world with the swear words and strange actions of a college boy. Not a classic I enjoy reading.

May 23, 2014
  • 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.
To add on to my review, reread this novel fairly recently and I still can't understand why people think this is a work of literary excellence. If Salinger was trying to get the message across that losing your innocence is a terrible thing, well, he did a good job by making Holden an awful character, but didn't do a very great job getting this idea across in any other way besides some very vague symbolism and some very highly biased observations from Holden, who's credibility was literally cannoned out of the window in the first ten or so pages of this novel. So, even after a reread, my charges still stand: a terrible novel.

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.

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.

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

I agree with AtomicSpatula and epurys.

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?

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”.

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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.

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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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.

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

Violence: Slightly descriptive violence involving fights with other guys.

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.

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

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

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

Sexual Content: Some

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

Violence: Some

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

Coarse Language: A lot

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

Sexual Content: Mild

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

Coarse Language: A very colorful use of adjectives lol

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

Coarse Language: Not really that bad

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Jul 07, 2014
  • Levi_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“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

Jul 07, 2014
  • Levi_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they're not much to look at, or even if they're sort of stupid, you fall in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can.”
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

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

"lousy with rocks"

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

"That killed me."

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).

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).

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).

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

All morons hate it when you call them a moron.

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

"you're aces, Ackley kid"

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May 17, 2014
  • JCLBeckyC rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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