« The Catcher in the Rye » J. D. Salinger


Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. It begins,

"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them."

His constant wry observations about what he encounters, from teachers to phonies (the two of course are not mutually exclusive) capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation.


Language English
Author J. D. Salinger
Year Bantam Books, 1984
First Published 1951
ISBN 0553250256
Goodreads ID 518803
Google Books ID mnW8zQEACAAJ
Open Library ID OL21523809M
LibraryThing ID 4053418

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