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The Catcher in the Rye

Salinger, J. D.

(Book - 1951)
Average Rating: 3.5 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.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, 1951.
Edition: \1st ed.\
ISBN: 9780316769488
9780316769174
0316769177
Characteristics: 277 p. ;,21 cm.

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List - My Ideal Bookshelf by: JCLBeckyC Feb 17, 2014

A sixteen-year-old native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days.

List - My Ideal Bookshelf by: JCLCaitlinT Feb 17, 2014

A classic that I couldn't resist including on my ideal shelf.

Comment by: JCLKinsleyR 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 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 whene... Read More »

In an effort to escape the hypocrisies of life at his boarding school, sixteen-year-old Holden Caulfield seeks refuge in New York City.


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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

Aug 03, 2014
  • jilly0522 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Truly frightening for any parent to think their little boy, who may show some of these tendencies, could grow up to be like Holden. I am certain he would have been diagnosed with ADHD in our modern times. I can see why psychopaths and murderers would be attracted to this book.
This was a quick, easy read and should probably be read by most young adults just to understand the way some folks think. It's always good to have knowledge of all kinds and types of people. I would not recommend this book for anyone under 18 or anyone who may be mentally unstable.

Jul 15, 2014
  • I_sing_the_Body_Electric rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This book was hard for me to finish. There wasn't really any plot and Holden's 'angsty' narration became tedious after awhile. Personally, I couldn't really relate to Holden.

Jul 11, 2014
  • Maroon_Zebu_2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book, with its constant action and narration by Holden, really gives significant insight into one's own human nature without boring the reader. Although it may be easy for some readers to write Holden off as a hypocritical, foul-mouthed and spoiled teenager who refuses to put any effort into his life, it is difficult for me as a person to be so critical of someone with whom I am so similar. It is not that I am foul-mouthed, ingrateful, or immature, but rather that I am also human, and have my own struggles and issues with my past, just as Holden does. A very humanizing and moving book, as well as an entertaining and enjoyable one.

Jul 09, 2014
  • kjc044 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It empathizes the inevitable internal struggle of every American teenager. And, yes this is exactly why it is a classic. Holden's downright frustration with the real world and how it is full of "phonies" not only showcases the fear of growing up but also displays the phase (that I'm sure every teenager has or is currently going through, like me) and that is the not wanting to grow up, stalling, not wanting to join the world of phonies as Holden would probably say. Advice given in this book by a certain teacher of Holden, embodies what every teenager will have to realize eventually, and what I have realized. Yet, how Salinger ends the book is just perfect, we don't know of Holden's future. It is uncertain. Just like our owns. But Holden is realizing that he must move on not only for his sake but for the sake of his love ones, Phoebe who has years of innocence left. But not him he has to be the catcher in the rye for Phoebe now.

P.S. - And I would also like to say, Salinger did an excellent job of portraying Holden's character. I really felt connected to Holden throughout the book with his witty and absolutely laugh out loud cynicism. I definitely laughed out loud several times when I read this. Has to be one of the few books I ever LOLed. Absolutely a must read for any teenager.

Jul 07, 2014
  • kimberleyhklibby rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The story was written using a strong voice and I enjoyed the honest, realistic view with which the author attributed to the main character. He assessed and judged and annualized people and his surroundings at large which made his character believable as we all do that every day of our life. However, the problem that I have with the novel is the use of language and the unfolding of the plot. Although the novel initially grabbed my attention, it didn't kept it and the use of excessive swearing was a definite deterrent.

Jul 07, 2014
  • Levi_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Among one of the greatest books I have read, clearly many people are upset and angry that they couldn't grasp the concept of The Catcher in the Rye, their ignorance is something that I can only pity and wish for them to re-read the book and hopefully understand the lessons within this book. At most this book is brutally honest and if you cant handle honesty then why bother?

Jun 26, 2014
  • szarnstorff rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I respect J.D. Salinger for serving with the 4th infantry during WW11 and landing on Utah Beach. His book may be iconic but that is because he shocked the world with the swear words and strange actions of a college boy. Not a classic I enjoy reading.

May 23, 2014
  • 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.
To add on to my review, reread this novel fairly recently and I still can't understand why people think this is a work of literary excellence. If Salinger was trying to get the message across that losing your innocence is a terrible thing, well, he did a good job by making Holden an awful character, but didn't do a very great job getting this idea across in any other way besides some very vague symbolism and some very highly biased observations from Holden, who's credibility was literally cannoned out of the window in the first ten or so pages of this novel. So, even after a reread, my charges still stand: a terrible novel.

Apr 03, 2014
  • 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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Nov 06, 2014
  • VampireHunterD rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: a little bit

Nov 06, 2014
  • VampireHunterD rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Violence: fight with room mate

Nov 06, 2014
  • VampireHunterD rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: A little bit

Sep 06, 2013
  • amlo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: some

Sep 06, 2013
  • amlo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Violence: some, very descriptive

Sep 06, 2013
  • amlo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: an extreme amount throughout the book

Aug 01, 2013
  • 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.

Aug 01, 2013
  • CindyDiane rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: Slightly descriptive violence involving fights with other guys.

Aug 01, 2013
  • 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.

Jul 13, 2013
  • 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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Jul 09, 2014
  • kjc044 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"you're going to have to find out where you want to go. And then you've got to start going there. But Immediately. You can't afford to lose a minute. Not you."

Jul 07, 2014
  • Levi_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“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

Jul 07, 2014
  • Levi_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they're not much to look at, or even if they're sort of stupid, you fall in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can.”
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Feb 21, 2014
  • georgetta rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"lousy with rocks"

Jul 13, 2013
  • orangeana rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"That killed me."

Jul 12, 2013
  • liya6 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 12, 2013
  • liya6 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

"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).

Jul 12, 2013
  • liya6 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 09, 2013
  • egarcia3401 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Jul 09, 2013
  • 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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Aug 03, 2014
  • jilly0522 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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Jul 09, 2014
  • kjc044 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Sep 06, 2013
  • amlo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Aug 27, 2013
  • blue_seastar_74 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 01, 2013
  • CindyDiane rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 12, 2013
  • liya6 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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May 12, 2013
  • VampireHunterD rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Dec 11, 2012
  • fearlessforever rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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Oct 10, 2012
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Sep 04, 2012
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Nov 06, 2014
  • VampireHunterD rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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

Mar 29, 2013
  • 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.

Dec 11, 2012
  • 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.

Jun 22, 2011
  • 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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