Book Review The Catcher in the Rye

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Salinger, J.D., The Catcher in the Rye

McClelland and Stewart Limited, Canada, 1951, No. Pages 216

Book Review

The Catcher in the Rye

The novel " The catcher in the rye" written by J.D. Salinger, is a novel about a young teenage New Yorker who journeys through New York for four days in order to go back home to see his parents. The young teenager goes by the name of Holden Caulfield, Holden is expelled from school from poor achievement once again. He decides to leave and go back home to New York to break the news about being expelled to his parents. What Holden doesn't realize is during his four-day 'vacation' in New York he develops a nervous breakdown. J.D. Salinger wrote the novel in 1st person so the readers of the novel could see the world through the eyes of Holden Caulfield. It was rather impressive how Salinger got into the mind of a sixteen year old that is emotionally disturbed and confused boy who is entering the journey of adulthood.

Holden is a typical teenager yet he is irritated and disgusted by society that surrounds him. Throughout the novel we are challenged to think about society's attitude and behaviour. However because of that factor it makes it somewhat uncomfortable reading the novel. Never the else are still fascinating descriptions of our human condition. The novel is appropriate for all ages for it gives a good message in the end. Holden might go through rough times throughout the novel but in the end he finds happiness in those that mean a lot to him, such as his sister Phoebe. I find that teenagers should read the book to realize how important our siblings are to us.

Generally, the novel is a story of a young man's...