Book Review: The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

catcher_in_the_rye_cover“The mark of an immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.” -Wilhelm Steckel

J.D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye, although highly controversial, is no doubt in my opinion a work of art. Most people who have read this book either love it or hate it, and if not properly read and analyzed, it’s completely understandable if you hate it. On the surface it’s a boring story about a whiny teenager moping around New York City, but really its so much more than that.

Holden Caufield tries to mask his sensitive and delicate true character with a crude and uncaring persona, and with deep reading, it’s apparent when his real character bubbles its way to the surface. He travels around New York City revealing bits and pieces of his true identity as the book progresses. While he reveals information about his character, we also learn about his past, which you are taken back to beginning in almost the first chapter. All in all, I greatly appreciate this book and I hope more people will enjoy reading it.

“Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”

-Sara S., 11th grade

4 thoughts on “Book Review: The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

  1. I thought the best part about this book was the fact that many people found it so controversial. In fact it was one of the reasons I wanted to read it, and I am so glad that I did. I agree with you completely, I think it is so much more than what it appears to be on the surface.

  2. 1) This is one of the best novels you’ll ever read.
    2) It’s not a tome, so you WILL have time to update your Facebook status from time to time. Tell the world that you’re reading something substantial…at last.
    3)You might just feel like writing after reading this one. That doesn’t mean you’ll be good at it, but its a start.
    4) You can act like an intellectual snob and judge everybody…(silently, of course). No one wants to hear about Salinger from a 25 year old.
    5) You’ll still be a phony, just more aware that you are one.

    Happy reading.

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