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The Catcher in the Rye

Salinger, J. D. (Book - 1951 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Catcher in the Rye


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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-
Title: The catcher in the rye
Publisher: Boston :, Little, Brown,, 1951.
Edition: \1st ed.\
Characteristics: 277 p. ;,21 cm.
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ISBN: 9780316769488
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Comment by: JCLKinsleyR Report This Oct 07, 2013

This book was one that was assigned to me that I couldn't put down, and that didn't happen much in high school English classes for me. I've re-read it several times sense and each time find myself hoping Holden comes through in the end.

Comment by: JCLBeckyC Report This Apr 15, 2013

This is one of my all-time favorite books. Here's a quote from the book that sums up how I feel about it: "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." I also recommend watching John Green's excellent two-part analysis of the book here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R66eQLLOins and here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI1CusL7Ceo


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I really have to read something one day ... this video is fun http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0JvF9vpqx8&list=PLB30D2EEDEDE2A467 also this one may help you http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7V4yoyvJIo&list=PL8B655B9AE7D0584F ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_You_Were_Young ... and the Scots boys with our local name produce this which is ... instructive besides harmonic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxBz6Md8Xv0

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  • 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.

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  • creatureofhabit rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

While slightly boring I could totally relate. Holden is a female version of myself!

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  • 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.

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  • SylviaThomas23 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I just finished reading this book and I cannot say it blew me away or that it bored me, at least I finished it. I give it three stars. 'It literally kills me to give it three stars because I'm exactly the kind of guy who gives books three stars whether they deserve it or not.'

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  • danielestes rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I missed reading Catcher in the Rye back in high school by a mere choice. My English teacher offered this or Lord of the Flies, and I chose the latter. So now, nearly 20 years later, I can say I finally got around to it. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is not what I expected, but I appreciate its brilliance and enjoyed reading it just the same. I surmise I would have loved it more had I read it as a teenager, confused as I was then about my place in the world, but as an adult I think I better understand its legacy.

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  • miss_moneypenny rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I liked this book more as an adult than I did as a teen. If you found it a bit mediocre when you were younger, it's worth a second a read!

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  • Green_Deer_12 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I agree with AtomicSpatula and epurys.

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  • 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.

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  • shroomgirl3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this for the banned book week and I don't see why this book is banned. It was a REALLY good book!!!!!! lOVED it!!!!!

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  • VampireHunterD rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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

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  • valentinavl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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 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.

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  • 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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  • amlo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: some

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Violence: some, very descriptive

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Coarse Language: an extreme amount throughout the book

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  • 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.

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  • CindyDiane rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Slightly descriptive violence involving fights with other guys.

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  • 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.

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  • orangeana rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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Sexual Content: Some

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Violence: Some

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Coarse Language: A lot

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  • georgetta rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"lousy with rocks"

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"That killed me."

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"You can't hardly ever simplify and unify something just because somebody wants you to" (24.21).

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"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).

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  • liya6 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

"I like it when somebody digresses. It's more interesting and all" (24.19).

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  • egarcia3401 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I hate actors. They neever act like people. They just think they do"

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  • AmandaVollmershausen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"I hate actors. They never act like people. They just think they do."

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"People always clap for the wrong things."

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  • VampireHunterD rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

“Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules.” “Yes, sir. I know it is. I know it.” Game, my a**. Some game. If you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then it’s a game, all right—I’ll admit that. But if you get on the other side, where there aren’t any hot-shots, then what’s a game about it? Nothing. No game.

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  • valentinavl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"I mean how do you know what you're going to do until you do it? The answer is, you don't."

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