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The Catcher in the Rye - Barron's Book Notes
Plot synopsis of this classic is made meaningful with analysis and quotes by noted literary critics, summaries of the work's main themes and characters, a sketch of the author's life and times, a bibliography, suggested test questions, and ideas for essays and term papers.
Paperback, 120 pages
Published October 1st 1984 by Barron's Educational Series
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The Catcher In The Rye By J.D. Salinger is an amusing twist of what growing up is all about. Holden is a young man, kicked out of every boarding school he has been to. A sarcastic, and oddly pleasant male seeking to find what adulthood is all about. Only to find that life is about as pleasant as his former roomate Ackley. As he finally decides that boarding school is not part of his plans he heads off to New York. Holding nothing back Holden calls up old friends and the lust of his life that he ...more
I thought this book was horrible! It was self-indulgent on the authors part, and quite frankly, it was boring. I understand now why killers have this book on hand when they commit their heinous acts - they can't believe they have wasted their time on such crap and must relieve their anger somehow!
This is the only book read in English class that I haven't hated. This book has made me much more jaded, but I think I like that. Holden is really easy to identify with, and because of the book I really want to go to New York in the winter to see the ducks, or not see them...
Hated this when I read it in high school, loved it in college. The difference? Time, perspective, deep, scholarly discussions, and a greater understanding of Salinger's themes. The language I was able to easily overlook the second time, which was a barrier the first.