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The Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Salinger is a coming-of-age novel that explores the themes of rebellion, independence, and identity, through the adventures of a teenage boy.
Summary Of The Book
Holden Caulfield is the protagonist of The Catcher In The Rye. He is portrayed by Salinger as a boy who is lazy and uncertain about his future. The story begins at Pencey Preparatory school, at which Holden is a student. In this first-person narrative, Holden describes life at this preparatory school as phoney, artificial, and dreary. After receiving yet another set of inadequate grades, he is expelled from the school. In an effort to 'find himself', Holden decides to head to New York City, where he heads underground. He narrates his adventures there in a 3-day flashback, which forms the basis of Salinger’s story.
In New York City, Holden encounters a variety of experiences and adventures which bring him along on his path to self discovery. For instance, he encounters three women in their thirties, who dance and flirt with him. After observing what he assumes is a sex scene through a hotel window, Holden decides to invite a prostitute to his room. Adding to his 'adventures' are experiences with nuns, wayward taxi drivers, alcohol, and drugs. As Holden sinks deeper and deeper into this debaucherous lifestyle, a chance meeting with his sister Phoebe supplies Holden with just enough affection to yank him out of his 'madness'.
The frequent use of profanity and colloquialism by Salinger adds an element of realism to the characters, and is indicative of 'teenage behaviour'. The book promises to be an inspirational read for teenagers and adults alike who are facing or have faced similar mountains.
The Catcher In The Rye was originally published in 1951. It has been chosen as the best novel of the 20th century by The New York Times. Even though it was initially met with much hesitation by many concerned parents, it still managed to sell over two and a half million copies worldwide. Time magazine listed the book as one of the "100 Best English Novels Written".
About J. D. Salinger
Jerome David Salinger was a celebrated American writer, who hailed from New York City. He authored other books such as Nine Stories, Franny And Zooey, and Go See Eddie. Salinger completed his education at Valley Forge Military Academy. He also completed a writing course at Columbia University. During the Second World War, Salinger worked for the counterintelligence division, where his role was to interrogate POWs. After the war, Salinger continued to publish his stories in various magazines and newspapers. The Catcher In The Rye was Salinger’s first published novel. In his personal life, Salinger was somewhat of a recluse. He had married three times and fathered two children. He was also an avid practitioner of Zen Buddhism and he later began practising Vedantic Yoga. Salinger passed away in 2010, of natural causes.
|Publisher||Penguin Books India|
|Number of Pages||192 Pages|
|Author||J. D. Salinger|
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Jul 31, 2015
A Must Read if You're a Teenager
Jul 23, 2015
Not worth it for all the time in the world
May 25, 2015
This is not the novel
May 6, 2015
Feb 6, 2015
a must read !!!!
Jul 14, 2012
To all the negative reviews : Look before you leapBefore you buy this book, you need to ask yourself this (No, I'm not being dramatic) : Whats the best book I've read so far?
Jun 5, 2014
5 Reasons Why You Should Read Salinger1) This is one of the best novels you'll ever read.
Sep 8, 2013
A fertile plot to build your intellectual infrastructure on..!!It builds slowly inside you.. And it takes a while before it hits you, and when it does it, it does terrific. The book leaves a profound effect on your psyche if you read it during your adolescent life (unless you are insensitive). If you are past this stage, then too you can enjoy it if you only let the effervescence in you be alive, if you revisit those younger days, you know 16, 17..and all that happens..
Dec 30, 2013
Rich and Easy.It Killed Me.Its a lovely book! I just finished reading it and I must say I had a wonderful read, I am huge fan of modern classics and "The Catcher In The Rye" has been added to my favorites with The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and The Fall by Albert Camus.
Aug 14, 2012
The catcher in the rye? What do you think it is.......I just happened to pick up this book because I had nothing to do, "The catcher in the rye" I had no idea what it meant or what to expect from the it.And I got to tell you that once I started reading it I realized had never read anything like this, the way its been written is "weird" in a good way and refreshing.The pivotal character Hollden Caulfield, seventeen year old talks about his life, friends ,family, how unassuming he is, how he feels that most of the things and people around him are phony. And you get to know what catcher in the rye actually means.Everyone is a teen at some point of t… (Expand)
Jan 30, 2013
J D Salinger's killer bookWhen this appeared for the first time, the American Government banned it. They feared that this book which showcased the agony of a teenager had the power to derail the fragile young minds of a nation into destructive paths. When I say the 'agony', it's the true agony faced by a troubled teenager, not the namby-pamby and ridiculous and meaningless troubles with his opposite sex.
Jan 18, 2012
A novel far ahead of its time.While going through the first few pages of this wonderfully well packaged book, I coudnt' help but wonder if I was really reading a novel set up almost 60 years ago. The language is so contemporary, you almost feel its a blog! But then, what you have in your hands is anything but the ramblings of a disgruntled young man on the web.It is intricate and meaningful. Black humour at its very best. An amazing piece of literature.
Harsimran Singh Gill
Oct 20, 2011
Great book, shabby serviceThe book is an absolute wonder, the only thing that mars the beauty is the shabby service by flipkart. When I ordered the book, the delivery time was supposed to be 2-3 days, instead it came a week later, which isn't really appreciated by me. What happened flippy? I've ordered earlier from this site and the service was just great....hope that wont happen in the future....awesome book, i'd like to say, again.
Apr 14, 2012
Good read but not great.Many said that this book is one of the best literary works. But i beg to differ. The plot is uninteresting and slow. The author strangles you with Holden caulfield. This book is supposed to be based on teenage rebellion. But what i see here is utter stupidness. According to Holden, everything in the world is phony.
Oct 12, 2014
Park WalkDo you love what you love, or just the feeling?