The Catcher in the Rye [Book Review]


The Catcher in the RyeThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I first came to know about this book when I read 11/22/63 by Stephen King. There was a lot of praise about this book in the story. And when I looked it up online, I came across more praise and controversy. I was intrigued and had to read this book.

The story is simply about a guy getting expelled from his school. Again. The whole story takes place in just 2-3 days. It becomes apparent early in the story that the protagonist Holden Caulfield is not psychologically stable. According to him the world is full of phonies. We are presented with a very interesting view of how he perceives the world around him. Holden Caulfield takes us with him as he goes to New York to take a brief vacation for going back to his parents and face their wrath. He entertains the idea of just running away to west and leave everything behind. One person who he really loves holds him back.

The novel was included on Time’s 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923, and it was named by Modern Library and its readers as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. It has been frequently challenged in the United States and other countries for its liberal use of profanity and portrayal of sexuality. It also deals with complex issues of identity, belonging, connection, and alienation.

Need I give you more reasons to read this book?

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