The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

Book - 1951
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Publisher: Boston, Little, Brown, 1951.
Edition: Pbk.ed.
Branch Call Number: Sal
Characteristics: 214 p.

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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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JaimieL95
Mar 08, 2017

I wish Holden Caulfield was real and could be mu boyfriend because I love him and this book to the ends of this world you could accumulate all the love for novels that every single person in this world has and it still would not compare to how much I love this book.

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MelatSCPL
Feb 05, 2017

The verité of Salinger’s dialogue surpasses the best in Lewis’ Babbitt, Fitzgerald’s Gatsby and in anything else I’ve read... even Hemmingway. No wonder teens loved it. No wonder adults wanted it banned. Holden Caulfield’s world view is of a phony society, full of phony people with phony values. I counted the word phony; it appears 48 times in the 234 page novel.
To read Catcher in the Rye is to travel with, listen to and get to know and become friends with Salinger’s protagonist. I’ve read Catcher several times; the first at age 16... Holden Caulfield’s age. I loved it then but didn’t know why. At 21, I loved it, responding to the alienated youth theme. Later, I loved it, finding beauty in the dialogue. At 55, I loved it, reading Catcher and weeping; really, I wept, feeling the boy’s pain. He was disappointed by a much admired older brother, a writer, who “prostituted” himself by working as a Hollywood screen writer. He was abandoned by a younger brother whom he truly loved when leukemia stole the boy away. As he planned to run off to a cabin in the woods, he faced the loss of his baby sister for whom he cared deeply. In 2017, I saw humor in the story and loved it still.
This is magnificent writing. Catcher in the Rye is a must read.

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Mualla
Dec 12, 2016

I finally read Sallinger's "Cather in the Rye". Even though I enjoyed reading it to know what would happen to Holden, I felt so sorry for him. I am not an expert but he is suffering from the loss of his brother. He keeps remembering him and keeps crying about "nothing". He does not seem to concentrate on his study or almost anything as he is grieving secrectly about his brother. At least, he has his sister Pheobe to talk to openly. Otherwise, he escapes his missery by lying about everything. Interestingly, you want to know more about him as you read it. Referencing "Great Gatsby", as Old Sport, just killed me.

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LearnDressage
Nov 30, 2016

I enjoyed the "voice" of this classic novel but prefer something with a plot. This is not a book I would recommend simply for that reason.

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ssmmss_8
Oct 24, 2016

This is my all time favorite book! Holden may be depressing, and misunderstood, but I connected to him, and by the time I finished with the book I wanted to read it again. I think I have finished it 5 times, and each time you get something different form it.

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cemakela
Sep 27, 2016

This story should be read every ten or twenty years. The first time I read it, I found young Holden to be annoying as hell. But I have grown to adore him because his observations are accurate: people are phony as hell which makes it extremely difficult for kids to find people to trust; the vast majority of humanity is ignorant and uncaring to the suffering of others, and the issue has only gotten worse. Apathy by adults to the very real concerns and problems of young people makes them feel powerless and invisible. Caulfield had every right to feel angry and disillusioned; the world is a dangerous place, especially if you are born female.

Salinger's writing is perfect: he captured the voice of an angry, confused, inquisitive, intelligent, caring young man who sees education for what it truly is: a means of erasing individuality and logical thought in order to create obedient, unquestioning worker bees.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 08, 2016

Don’t read this book. It is 277 pages of cynicism told by an adolescent who thinks they know everything, and if one were to describe this novel in one word, that word would be ‘bothersome’. There is nothing likeable or remotely noteworthy about Holden, the main character, and he thinks everyone around him is a phony and a moron – it is painful to listen to his whiny, self-important train of thought. If you identify with the protagonist Holden, you may enjoy this book, but if you’re not a miserable, whiny person who never takes charge to change what they are miserable and whiny about, this book just feels like an adult whining about how they never rid themselves of their teenage angst. It’s a whiny book.
- @FalcoLombardi of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I have found The Catcher in the Rye to be a very polarizing book; you either love it or you hate it. After reading the novel for myself, I have to say I understand both sides of the argument, but after a close analysis of this book I would have to say I enjoyed the novel and would like to address a few of the main points in which people argue against it. First, Holden is an unlikeable brat: this is undoubtedly true, Holden isn’t a likeable protagonist. However, that in itself aids the purpose of the book. Holden is upset, he doesn’t feel right and he doesn’t know why (multiple valid reasons are presented in the book as to why he isn’t ok) so he takes it out on the world. He’s still a child who’s being forced into a man’s world but he despises what society has decided what a man is. Second, Holden doesn’t develop as a character and nothing really happens in the story; again, that’s the point. Holden is in need of help and never receives it and this is what makes his story somewhat tragic. Finally, the most common argument against the book: I don’t get it. This may sound mean but that’s because you are not the target audience for this novel. You’re likely an older, more mature reader who has comes to terms with the way the world is and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, The Catcher in the Rye was written for the impossible idealist, an immature and miserable concept. The individual doesn’t have the power to change the world, especially when the world seems like it’s against you, and that is what Holden has trouble coming to terms with. The book is meant for people who, for a lack of a better term, haven’t been broken in by the world yet. If you are young or still young at heart, give the book a try and make of it what you will. If you are an older or more mature reader I would suggest that you should pass on this book. 4/5 Stars
- @Fulton of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

A NYC teen recently expelled from his school gets into a fight with his dormmate for sleeping with his childhood crush, and decides to have a wild night out. He then calls an old friend, but soon things turn sour, he visits his younger sister, and eventually stays the night at his English teacher's house. This adolescent angst filled book relates to many young readers and is full of some controversial topics, and widely considered entertaining.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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elishalozares
Jul 18, 2016

Dalia Changed, Holden Did Not

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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

Levi_1 Jul 07, 2014

“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

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georgetta
Feb 21, 2014

"lousy with rocks"

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LukeTabidze
Dec 27, 2016

LukeTabidze thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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mfollowstheroad
Jun 09, 2016

mfollowstheroad thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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VV12
Sep 03, 2015

VV12 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

black_wolf_2329 Jun 09, 2015

black_wolf_2329 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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jilly0522
Aug 03, 2014

jilly0522 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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amlo
Sep 06, 2013

amlo thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

blue_seastar_74 Aug 27, 2013

blue_seastar_74 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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CindyDiane
Aug 01, 2013

CindyDiane thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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liya6
Jul 12, 2013

liya6 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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VampireHunterD
May 12, 2013

VampireHunterD thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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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
Jul 12, 2013

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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