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J. D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye

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Thrown out by his fourth school, Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye is a lazy, reclusive boy. The profanities used in the book best express his frustrated state of mind and from the way his parents live to his fake teachers to his roommate who scores with girls using sickly-sweet affection, no one is spared from it. After being fed up of the ‘phoniness’ of adulthood, Holden as a revolt heads to New York City. The book describes his encounters with flirtatious middle-aged women, prostitutes, nuns, wayward taxi drivers, alcohol and drugs. Holden’s journey of self-discovery turns to a life full of debauchery but his sister Phoebe helps him recover from it. He narrates all these events to the readers as a flashback. The teenage dilemma about the way life works, feelings of alienation and the struggle against the artificial world, everything is described meticulously in The Catcher in the Rye. The blunt, offensive language add more to the strong emotions of the protagonist. The book was published by Penguin as the Open Market edition on 4 March 2010 and is available in paperback.

36 reviews for The Catcher in the Rye

  1. Noushad T (Verified Purchase)

    The book size is compact …I loved it, pages are good but little yellowish..J.D Salinger book,most controversial book ever, buy it, Read it’s wiki before you buy it….don’t read plot on wiki ..big spoiler..

  2. Shanthi Kumar (Verified Purchase)

    The book, print, paper, cover quality were good for the price I brought this. The story will connect you with yourself, and at one point or another, you will find Holden Caulfield is a part of your personality. You have failed at school, and are afraid of meeting your parents. The story revolves around three days of lingering around and reflecting on the past the life shown.

  3. Remi Brz (Verified Purchase)

    It’s a cult classic. May be I expected more from the book. The book has never ending plot which ends abruptly at last. Some parts are really really well written by the writer and will give you a different perspective to see life. But as for me I thought the book would have more to it.

  4. Linson Antu Kachappilly (Verified Purchase)

    What a fantastic book! I loved the acerbic humour and the pain of teenage angst, beautifully told. The story is quite different and has a unique narrative style, instantly intriguing! Heartily enjoyed the book.

  5. Manzar Alam (Verified Purchase)

    This remains a book which will be classic with every read.The story is simple but put to the point. Everybody has a Holden Caulfield character in their lives. And how refreshing is it to chance upon their thoughts and perspectives. Must read!

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