The Catcher in the Rye

Paperback, 288 pages

English language

Published Jan. 4, 2001 by Back Bay Books.

ISBN:
9780316769174
OCLC Number:
422167144

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3 stars (17 reviews)

Holden Caulfield, knowing he is to be expelled from school, decides to leave early. He spends three days in New York City and tells the story of what he did and suffered there.

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4 stars

Another book that you see something different each time. I read this as a youth and adopted some of the character's contempt for fitting in and then in the 90s, when I went on a literary beatnik immersion, I understood the humanizing aspects, how Holden just wants to protect his sister and the other children, how his angst springs from genuine concern rather than a willful nature alone.

This time I admired the writing, especially the voice: all the quite this and quite that, interspersed with goddam this and goodam that. When he scrubs obscenities from the wall of the elementary school and museum, the irony is breathtaking.

I love this book. I love its crudity and the visceral impact of the words. It's not beautiful prose, not at all. Like the protagonist the prose itself has contempt for society's approval. Beneath it all, though, is a heartfelt message about …

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