The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

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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.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2010, c1979
ISBN: 9780316769532
0316769533
Branch Call Number: Salinger, J
SALINGER J
Characteristics: 277 p. ; 21 cm

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#5. The novel's protagonist explores identity, belonging and loss of innocence as he searches unsuccessfully for a true connection. Through his disappointment, Holden realizes important lessons.


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HCL_featured Sep 19, 2018

"Challenged in the Waterloo, IA schools (1992) and Duval County, FL public school libraries (1992) because of profanity, lurid passages about sex, and statements defamatory to minorities, God, women, and the disabled." from www.ala.org American Library Association

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Nymeria23
Aug 07, 2018

This book was so unexpected. My copy didn't have a summary on the back so I started this with no prior knowledge of the storyline or narrator. All I knew was that this book is widely regarded as a classic in literature, so I was totally taken aback by the personal, 1st-person, journal-style writing of teen angst and self-wondering. I couldn't predict Holden and what he would do next, which kept my attention, even as the mundane issues he had with normal human behavior rubbed him the wrong way. This book sort of made me think deeper on the actions and reactions I and others around me tend to have, looking at them from a 'phonier' perspective.
Honestly, not sure I'd recommend it, but it wasn't an awful read.

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kristenpfae
Jun 20, 2018

I read this book for class and I wasn't a huge fan. I liked the idea it just wasn't my usual style.

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SunsetBranch
Apr 22, 2018

I sort of miss old Holden and everybody he told about. I even miss that goddam Maurice.

SPPL_Anna Mar 15, 2018

I still have very fond feelings about The Cather in the Rye from reading it at 15, and I am afraid that if I ever read it with adult eyes it will be ruined for me. So Holden Caulfield will have to stay in my memory.

I like this book because it seems like a real personal experience. It reflects what happened in the addescene and very understands the psychological and emotional that all the teens are facing. The book is very interesting even though is not fantasy, it is the reality of what might happen to be a teenager. Every step that we take will affect our future. So don't let the trouble defeat you.

-Dorothy, 15

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reginator_22
Jan 25, 2018

One of the best books I've ever read in high school. Amazing title!

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tiffanyfun1
Nov 11, 2017

I read this book when I was in the 8th grade for fun and at the time I completely resonated with Holden because of how he encapsulated teenage angst, self-consciousness, and anxiety so perfectly. This book is to be read in one's youth because that is the one and only time when you can really relate to Holden, even if he is pretty selfish and does things that are pretty irresponsible and reckless, but that is what growing up is all about. Not all teenagers grow up with a complete understanding of how the world works and I don't think neither do adults these days either. Definitely the type of novel that one goes out to read on their own and not forced to do so like in school (although I read it in the 10th grade for school and I loved every moment). So read it or don't read it, it's your call.

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dollface_1
Jul 28, 2017

Not impressed....I waited until the age of 63 to read this book (retirement...trying to fulfill my bucket list / reading list. I read it in two sittings and kept waiting for that spice that would have this book banned so many years ago. Never got it.

the story of a young cynic deified. well, i defy the popularity of it. who did this kid think he was, jack nicholson? i refer you to the film, HEATHERS, if what you so desire is that imitation.

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blue_llama_157
Jul 10, 2018

I hope to hell that when I do die somebody has the sense to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetary. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you’re dead? Nobody.

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reginator_22
Jan 25, 2018

“Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”

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elishalozares
Jul 19, 2016

"I can't explain what I mean. And even if I could, I'm not sure I'd feel like it."

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tomadou1
Jul 20, 2015

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.

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KABuck
Jul 05, 2015

All the kids kept trying to grab for the gold ring, and so was old Phoebe, and I was sort of afraid she'd fall off the goddam horse, but I didn't say anything or do anything. The thing with kids is, if they want to grab for the gold ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything. If they fall off, they fall off...
(Salinger, 273 – 274)

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KABuck
Jul 05, 2015

"Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around—nobody big, I mean—except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff...I'd just be the catcher in the rye and all."
(Salinger, 224 – 225)

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FandomQueen
Jul 03, 2015

"I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera. It's terrible."

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FandomQueen
Jul 03, 2015

"The mark of an immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one."

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wendyvoid
Jul 01, 2015

“Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”

Levi_1 Jul 07, 2014

“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

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amlo
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CindyDiane
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liya6
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May 12, 2013

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amlo
Sep 06, 2013

Sexual Content: some

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amlo
Sep 06, 2013

Coarse Language: an extreme amount throughout the book

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amlo
Sep 06, 2013

Violence: some, very descriptive

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CindyDiane
Aug 01, 2013

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.

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CindyDiane
Aug 01, 2013

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.

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CindyDiane
Aug 01, 2013

Violence: Slightly descriptive violence involving fights with other guys.

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orangeana
Jul 13, 2013

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

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liya6
Jul 12, 2013

Violence: Some

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liya6
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Coarse Language: A lot

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liya6
Jul 12, 2013

Sexual Content: Some

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Marihyd
Jun 21, 2016

When a boy gets kicked out of his school, he wanders into New York to avoid the wrath of his mother. During this time, he reflects on his memories and catches up with old friends.

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agk7
Jun 29, 2015

Holden Caulfield is trying to transition into the adult world. He leaves his prep school; Pencey, and goes to New York City for three days in attempt to relax before going home. Holden has many encounters with people that give us insight to his view of the world and the people around him.

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klemcicle
Jun 25, 2015

This story is about a college dropout... well, kicked out boy who takes his time getting home over the span of a few days before he has to break the news to his parents that he was kicked out of school. Again. This story is about what he does in the time being while in the north east coast exploring the cities.

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VampireHunterD
May 12, 2013

Events that occur in the days after Holden Caulfield gets kicked out of highschool.

valentinavl Mar 29, 2013

Holden Caulfield is a 17 yr old boy has been kicked out of Pencey, wants to save children from adulthood by metaphorically being the Catcher in the Rye.

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fearlessforever
Dec 11, 2012

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.

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re_discover
Jun 22, 2011

"And so, that made me kind of depressed."

"But then I didn't feel like it."

The end.

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