The Catcher in the Rye
Books | Fiction / Classics
J. D. Salinger
The "brilliant, funny, meaningful novel" (The New Yorker) that established J. D. Salinger as a leading voice in American literature--and that has instilled in millions of readers around the world a lifelong love of books."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."The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caufield. 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.
Coming Of Age
J. D. Salinger
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"When I first picked up this coming of age story, I couldn’t read more than a couple of pages before I put it down. It felt repetitive, with no plot and only the thought streamline of an angry teen. A couple of days ago decided to give it ago and it felt like a helluva sad book 😭. It’s about the struggle of growing up in a world of “phonies”, especially when there’s no one you could rely on for help. Holden obviously suffers from serious mental health issues and he kind of avoids confronting them. As you read further you find out that the language in which it’s written apparently reflects the main character’s mental state. "
"Story seems to speak to some and nettle others. I was enthralled in the story the first time I read it and found that after many more reads, there is more and more to be found."
"By golly, this book was a drag to read. It was very well written -like most classical literature I read is- but it took me practically 2 months to read…3 years MONTHS! And it’s only 200 some-odd pages😮💨. I even had to finish it through an audiobook! And I ALWAYS read the hard copy of books, so that says something about how difficult this book was to read. I guess there’s just something about classic literature that feels too much like school to me; books like that tend to lose my interest very quickly so I apologize if my reviews of similar books seem to be a bit biased(cause they are). The most interesting part of this book, though, was the protagonist. I recall many of my classmates hating the MC due to his pessimistic nature and views of the world. However, I felt more pity than anything. To me, he just seemed like a depressed teen trying to make his way through adolescence. If you’re looking for an enlightening and deep-thinking read, this is the book for you. Unfortunately, these are just not my type of books😅"