Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Book Review | American Lit | The Catcher In The Rye by J.D Salinger |

| The Catcher In The Rye | J.D Salinger |
| Published - 1951 | Format - Paperback | Pages - 230 |
Goodreads | My Rating 6/10 |

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 full 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

| My Thoughts |

I enjoyed reading The Catcher In The Rye. even though this book was written over sixty years ago I still think it is relevant today.
The character of Holden Caulfield is a very relatable character. He deals with a lot of issues that many young people deal with, e.g the fear of growing up, depression, loneliness. Of course Holden is definitely not perfect and he makes some bad choices along the way.
I liked Salinger's writing style, how he wrote it as if Holden was talking to us, the reader. Because throughout the novel Holden was trying to get someone to just stop and listen to him, but by us reading this novel he got us to listen to him. So in the end, Holden got what he wanted, he got someone to listen.
So overall, I enjoyed this novel and have rated it 6/10.

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