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Catcher In The Rye (re-issue) (English)

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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.

Specifications of Catcher In The Rye (re-issue) (English) (Paperback)

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Author J. D. Salinger
Book Details
Publisher Penguin Books India
Imprint PENGUIN
Publication Year 2010
ISBN-13 9780241950425
ISBN-10 0241950422
Language English
Edition 1st Edition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 192 Pages
Dimensions
Width 4.33 inch
Height 7.09 inch
Weight 138 g
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14 Jul 2012
To all the negative reviews : Look before you leap

Before 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?

If your answer is some Sidney Sheldon book (no offence) or some other racy or otherwise thriller involving multinational companies and jets and automatic rifles and secret agencies, wait for a moment. Do you have the patience to appreciate a slow book, one that drags on to an inconclusive ending and even then will leave you hanging?

No? Then don't buy this, you'll be disappointed.

However if you are the type that relishes the stories of human life as they are, the...
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Before 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?

If your answer is some Sidney Sheldon book (no offence) or some other racy or otherwise thriller involving multinational companies and jets and automatic rifles and secret agencies, wait for a moment. Do you have the patience to appreciate a slow book, one that drags on to an inconclusive ending and even then will leave you hanging?

No? Then don't buy this, you'll be disappointed.

However if you are the type that relishes the stories of human life as they are, the...
Before 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?

If your answer is some Sidney Sheldon book (no offence) or some other racy or otherwise thriller involving multinational companies and jets and automatic rifles and secret agencies, wait for a moment. Do you have the patience to appreciate a slow book, one that drags on to an inconclusive ending and even then will leave you hanging?

No? Then don't buy this, you'll be disappointed.

However if you are the type that relishes the stories of human life as they are, the stories that are more grounded in reality than anything else, then you'll love this. When I started reading this story, I put it down twice. And then somehow the story grews on me. It makes you feel for the protagonist, it draws you into a world that doesn't make much sense and yet makes perfect sense and then doesn't let go.

This book is a gem. So beautifully paced and so unflinchingly written like the rant from an angry teen, that it touches your very hearts. The way the book shows how the protagonist deals with the harshness of the real world will strike that little adolescent in all of us. If you thought Coelho's Alchemist was philosophical, wait until you read this. People who have suffered from depression will realise how true the book is to their states. Make no mistake about it, this book is not for casual reading.

Also, if you liked this book do check out The Old man and the sea by Hemingway.

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08 Sep 2013
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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..
Having said this, there are also chances that you will hate this book, if you are not its type. I will suggest you to go through certain pages of the book (by reading ebook version) an...
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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..
Having said this, there are also chances that you will hate this book, if you are not its type. I will suggest you to go through certain pages of the book (by reading ebook version) an...
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..
Having said this, there are also chances that you will hate this book, if you are not its type. I will suggest you to go through certain pages of the book (by reading ebook version) and if you like it, then order it and you will not regret your decision. But if you don't try it once in your lifetime, you will miss something of great literary art.
Be vulnerable.. Happy reading!

7 of 8 users found this review helpful.
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30 Jan 2013
J D Salinger's killer book

When 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.

Holden Caulfield is deeply troubled. He's alone, ambition-less, expelled from school. The story describes the events which ultimately lead to his breakdown. J D Salinger uses street language which enhances the real...
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When 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.

Holden Caulfield is deeply troubled. He's alone, ambition-less, expelled from school. The story describes the events which ultimately lead to his breakdown. J D Salinger uses street language which enhances the real...
When 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.

Holden Caulfield is deeply troubled. He's alone, ambition-less, expelled from school. The story describes the events which ultimately lead to his breakdown. J D Salinger uses street language which enhances the realism of the character.

This is not a light read. Infact, though the story is about a teenager, this will be more appreciated by adults. And yes, a teenager who takes more notice of life and its comedies and tragedies and its drama than just the girl sitting beside him will be able to appreciate the book.

The book is timeless. Teenage angst, the ignorance and arrogance that resonate with anyone's life during that time come to play and it's this aspect which makes the book still relevant though it was first released in early 1950s. Though banned initially, the book years later, has been adopted by many schools across the West as part of their academics. Knowledge can sometimes aid as a medicine. This is perhaps used as a medicine for those kids who do not make a path to invest their energies in and rather succumb to petty troubles which take the appearance of nightmares in their teenage. This is an enlightening read.

5 of 6 users found this review helpful.
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05 Jun 2014
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5 Reasons Why You Should Read Salinger

1) This is one of the best novels you'll ever read.
2) It's not a tome, so you WILL have time to update your Facebook status from time to time. Tell the world that you're reading something substantial...at last.
3)You might just feel like writing after reading this one. That doesn't mean you'll be good at it, but its a start.
4) You can act like an intellectual snob and judge everybody...(silently, of course). No one wants to hear about Salinger from a 25 year old.
5) You'll still be a phony, just more aware that you are one.

Happy reading.

2 of 2 users found this review helpful.
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30 Dec 2013
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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.
The writing is very simple and extremely easy to read, there's hardly any difficult words and yet the novel manages to leave behind a rich experience.
This book was originally written for adults but I think teenagers would like it much more, I'm 15 and I simply loved it.
The book starts with the boy watching a game at his school Pencey ( a bo...
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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.
The writing is very simple and extremely easy to read, there's hardly any difficult words and yet the novel manages to leave behind a rich experience.
This book was originally written for adults but I think teenagers would like it much more, I'm 15 and I simply loved it.
The book starts with the boy watching a game at his school Pencey ( a bo...
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.
The writing is very simple and extremely easy to read, there's hardly any difficult words and yet the novel manages to leave behind a rich experience.
This book was originally written for adults but I think teenagers would like it much more, I'm 15 and I simply loved it.
The book starts with the boy watching a game at his school Pencey ( a boarding school), not sitting in the crowd but from far away we eventually get to know that he has been kicked out of the school and he has to leave on Wednesday and the day was probably Sunday so rather than waiting till Wednesday, Holden Caulfield left on Sunday night, late night because he suddenly got all depressed. He doesn't go home he waits until Wednesday for that and the book is basically about the days between leaving school and reaching home which happens to be quite a story, sometimes he even recalls incidents from earlier. All these things are quite interesting to read and the writing is also smooth, so you just go on and on flipping through pages, even though there is a lot of repitiion of words and of expressions like If he hates phony people you'll see a mention of that a couple of times! and phrases like "It depressed me" or "It killed me" were there on EVERY PAGE. Holden Caulfield writes about whats going on in his mind and heart, what goes on in everyone's mind but we never say that stuff, like :- "I'm always saying 'Glad to 've met you' to somebody I'm not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though.
So all in all, a great book and a must read for teenagers who like to read modern classics.

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