Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Book Review: J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye

Book Title: The Catcher in the Rye
ISBN: 0316769487
Language: English
Published by: This Little, Brown and Company
Edition: This Little, Brown and Company Edition
Book Format: Mass Market Paperback
Printed: May 1991
Genre: Coming-of-Age Novel (Bildungsroman)
Educational Read: Sociologically yes
Intended Audience: Teens 16 and up

JD Salinger Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye Front Cover (1991 Print)

Catcher in the Rye Paperback
The Catcher in the Rye Rear Cover (1991 Print)

A Must-read for Coming-of-age Genre

Book Rating (5/5): 5 Stars

This book is a primarily recommended. A must-read if you’re looking for a coming-of-age genre. Main character’s Holden Caulfield, a teenage boy under social alienation and inferiority complex. Holden wonders to find where the ducks go when the winter falls, that’ll cross your mind if you are under loneliness and tripped on contacting whoever is on your contact list because you don’t whatever else to do.

I can relate to the book but in my case, I went into an extreme condition where I decided to commit suicide which fortunately failed. The setting was 1940, I guess if the author levelled the setting of the book today, Holden Caulfield would kill himself. Teenage life nowadays is far different from the 1940s setting.

Take note that this book was banned on some countries and some schools using it for class study. Just take precaution with your curiosity on planning to read this book, even if you are at your teen age. One need not be easily influences with how and what a fiction book gives. It tells of man’s growing up phase; I tell you, in my opinion, the phase of adolescent-to-adulthood stage of today is very extreme than the one from The Catcher in the Rye. Just open up your mind and be optimistic when you take this book out of the shelf.

Writing Style Used You May Fond Of:

  • sonuvabitch – son of a bitch (informal)
  • horsed / horsing – playing around in a silly way
  • phony – not serious; joking or deceiving
  • yellowed / yellowing - coward (slang)
  • dough - money
  • homey - you are cozy or comfortable with

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  1. the way you describe the book makes me want to read it...seems interesting...i think i will buy one from amazon...nice review keep it up :)

    1. Thanks!

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  2. I am such a loser for not having read this book at my age. I really need to catch up on reading more classics than contemporary novels. thanks for reminding me about the existence of this book. also, thanks for visiting my blog. :)