Book Review: The Catcher in the Rye

I don’t seem to read too many novels. But I did this past week, and I couldn’t seem to put it down. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is a very, very good book, fulfilling all the high reviews that I have heard about it. The story follows the narrator, Holden Caulfield, in his last days at Pencey Prep School (on account of him flunking out) and the days following. Holden is searching for a place of peace, a place where all is well. In this few days time, we experience some of the deepest human emotions of loneliness and depression. The reader cannot help but enter into the story, walking alongside Holden and wanting to bear his burdens beside him. There are copious amounts of crude language but in my opinion, it engages the reader as if Holden himself were retelling this story to you. At times, you want to cry for Holden. And there are instances where you just want to slap him and tell him to get his act together. But I don’t think you can read this and not feel some of your deepest insecurities twitch. I don’t want to spoil the story for you . . . it’s just too good. I do want to share my favorite passage from the book though. It’s near the end and it’s some thoughts running through Holden’s mind:

“That’s the whole trouble. You can’t ever find a place that’s nice and peaceful, because there isn’t any. You may think there is, but once you get there, when you’re not looking, somebody’ll sneak up and write “Fuck you” right under your nose.”

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One Response to Book Review: The Catcher in the Rye

  1. mk says:

    Glad to know you like Catcher, one of my favorites. I used to require this book for the Intro YM course and will probably bring it back next year when the course will be a semester long. Another great line is the last one in the book: “Don’t ever tell anyone anything, if you do start missing everyone.”

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