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Review ~ The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Submitted by on January 18, 2011 – 5:36 pmNo Comment

The Catcher in the Rye
By J.D. Salinger
Publisher: Back Bay Books (Jan 30 2001)

REVIEW BY ELLEN DOBBS

Holden Caulfield has been kicked out of school… again. He hates his school anyways. In his opinion, it’s full of phonies. He doesn’t need to leave until Wednesday but, after getting in a fight with his roommate, he decides he can’t bear to stay any longer. He packs his bags, grabs his money and jumps on the next train to near-by New York City. While he kills time until Wednesday, he considers going home early while roaming the city, making calls, meeting people and looking for a good time. Somewhere along the way, he stops looking for simple ways to kill time, and starts looking for happiness, which turns out to be pretty hard to find.

This book was… interesting. It all starts with Holden refusing to tell you anything about himself, except “…this madman stuff that happened to me around last Christmas…” (pg 1). I had a bit of a hard time trying to understand the full point of the book afterwards. This book definitely deserves time to process the meaning, and might need to be reread. But I suspect that once you understand this book, you’ll see why it’s considered a classic.

Ellen’s Rating: (4 stars)

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