Catcher in the Rye, The

J.D. Salinger
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 fully 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.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2017-06-21
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Reviewed: 2016-11-09

As a teacher, I believe that re-reading is essential to be able to get the most well-rounded effect from a novel. I read The Catcher in the Rye, and originally I didn’t know how beneficial the re-reading of this novel would be until I found new research about J.D. Salinger’s time in the war. J.D. Salinger spent time within World War II on the beaches of Normandy and liberating concentration camps. With this outlook every symbol I have ever analyzed and divulged into changed. The symbolism of losing innocence and childhood relates to the author, the ideas of “phony” changed. As a reader, we should detach ourselves from the author and not think that the narrator is always a reflection of the author. Yet I am having trouble thinking that WWII would have no effect on a person. J.D. Salinger wrote this book simultaneously while witnessing the war and its cruelties.

With this new information, I think that high schoolers--usually eleventh graders will understand more fully the reasons behind Holden Caulfield.I think this creates more of a background story for students to understand the psychological projection of the war through Holden Caulfield. The ducks leaving as a sense of liberation, the epiphanies of evil in the world and how it affects all of us. I think through these new discoveries I will be able to help students understand more of the symbolism through different avenues and make it easier to wrap one's mind around the phonies Holden addresses.

Reviewed: 2015-12-14

When expelled from private high school, Holden wanders around New York City, waiting out the last few days before Christmas break. A staple of high school reading lists, Holden narrates both his past and present with carefully masked emotional honesty,

Reviewed: 2015-09-10

 

Este libro es un clásico para mí porque cuando lo leí estaba en una etapa muy parecida a la que personaje principal, (Holden Caulfield), estaba a más o menos la mitad del libro; por lo tanto, me fue muy fácil el relacionarme con el personaje y realmente saber lo que sentía y porque se sentía así. También, fue de los primeros libros que pude leer bastante rápido por la forma en la que Salinger lo escribe, por esta razón no me aburrió. Recomendaría este libro a todas las personas.

 

Reviewed: 2015-08-24

From my experience, you will either love this book or hate this book. I didn't care much for it but I would still consider it a must read because of how prevalent it is in pop culture and it is often a challenged book. You can pick this up at the Colona Public Library! ~Ashley

Reviewed: 2015-07-04
What can I say about this book? I had no expectations at all. What I really like is that is really "flowy", it flows soooo easily. Maybe it is because it is written as if the narrator, Holden, was just speaking directly to the reader, a pretty long but interesting chat. It kills me!
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