The Catcher in Rye is the ultimate novel for disaffected youth, but it's
relevant to all ages. The story is told by Holden Caulfield, a
seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth
school. Throughout, Holden dissects the 'phony' aspects of society, and
the 'phonies' themselves: the headmaster whose affability depends on the
wealth of the parents, his roommate who scores with girls using
sickly-sweet affection.Lazy in style, full of slang and swear words,
it's a novel whose interest and appeal comes from its observations
rather than its plot intrigues (in conventional terms, there is hardly
any plot at all).
Salinger's style creates an effect of conversation, it is as though Holden is speaking to you personally, as though you too have seen through the pretences of the American Dream and are growing up unable to see the point of living in, or contributing to, the society around you.Written with the clarity of a boy leaving childhood, it deals with society, love, loss, and expectations without ever falling into the clutch of a cliche.
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
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