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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
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Jun 15, 2008

really liked it
Recommended for: teenagers

Salinger's genius as a writer is matched only by his inactivity. A most unpromising idea for a novel (the teen angst of an American adolescent) is rehabilitated by the elan and zest with which Salinger writes. The themes of repressed sexuality and disaffection are handled so sensitively and well that one feels a real connection with Holden Caulfield by the end of the book. Salinger avoids easy answers and trite commentary here, and this is a difficult but rewarding read. All teenagers should read it.

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