The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 04/03/2010
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The Catcher in the Rye
As relevant now as ever
The book was really easy to get into (sometimes I get a 'book hangover' when I don't really enjoy a new book because I'm still into the last one - this did... READ MORE
Amanda Parker at Dundee
The Catcher in the Rye
One of my favourite books!
I can't believe it took me so long to read this book, which is a modern classic for all the right reasons. I actually only read this after first reading 'T... READ MORE
Joanna B
The Catcher in the Rye
A Slight Rebellion off Madison..
I must admit to being a little obsessive about this one. I used to read this book every Autumn/Winter without fail as it seemed to capture the mood so well... READ MORE
Glenn Johnson at Poole
The Catcher in the Rye
A remedy to modern living
rarely does a work of art reflect the true nature of the human experience. 'The Catcher in the Rye' follows Holden, a 16 year old disassociated with the wo... READ MORE
Alex at Cardiff
The Catcher in the Rye
The Perfect Modern Classic
I first read The Catcher in the Rye at 15 - I could see myself in Holden. Cynical, confused, and hilarious, he is one of my favourite protagonists of all t... READ MORE
Erin Cooney at Greenwich

Synopsis

Witty, wise and bittersweet, The Catcher in the Rye is the ultimate American coming-of-age novel - a timeless classic. It's Christmas and Holden Caulfield has just been expelled from yet another school. Fleeing the crooks at Pencey Prep, he pinballs around New York City seeking solace in fleeting encounters - shooting the bull with strangers in dive hotels, wandering alone round Central Park, getting beaten up by pimps and cut down by erstwhile girlfriends. The city is beautiful and terrible, in all its neon loneliness and seedy glamour, its mingled sense of possibility and emptiness. Holden passes through it like a ghost, thinking always of his kid sister Phoebe, the only person who really understands him, and his determination to escape the phonies and find a life of true meaning. The Catcher in the Rye is an all-time classic coming-of-age story: an elegy to teenage alienation, capturing the deeply human need for connection and the bewildering sense of loss as we leave childhood behind.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241950432
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Weight: 170g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm

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The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
This is a Love...Hate book. I personaly loved it, the way the character are set out it feels as if its real life. Dont expect a big storyline because to be... READ MORE
Amelia
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
A story that documents the incidents leading up to a nervous breakdown. The narrator, seventeen year old Holden Caulfield, has just been kicked out of prep... READ MORE
Charlie Berry
The Catcher in the Rye
Glad I read it, but not enthralling
I have heard nothing but good reviews about "Catcher in the Rye" and I am glad that I have read it, however, I do not think that it is as amazing as everyo... READ MORE
JamesReed13
The Catcher in the Rye
Not as good as expected.
I don't think this stood up to the expectations I had. I felt Holden's character got way too fixated on certain things, and I appreciate that there is lots... READ MORE
Nikita Deepak
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
An excellent book.Salinger manages to capture and instantly let the reader conjure up an image of the adolescent teenage life, that grasps you into this su... READ MORE
Dhanuka Parapitiya
The Catcher in the Rye
A touching account of adolescent loss
This classic work is not so much a depiction of teen delinquency and antipathy as it is a touching portrayal of one boy's attempts to cope with grief. In H... READ MORE
Tim Dumble
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
I adore this book, for me it seems to capture the essence of a troubled post adolescent life with a sense of maturity coupled with awkward confusion on the... READ MORE
Lorna Greville
The Catcher in the Rye
Depression in the Big City.
‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by author J.D Salinger; truly a classic novel. ‘Catcher’ is the recollection of a young mans – ‘Holden Caulfield’ - life during a ... READ MORE
Royal Leamington Spa Book Society
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
I'm 15, this is my first time reading the book, throughout the whole thing there were things that made me agree with Holden Caulfield, the theme and key is... READ MORE
megan hilleard
The Catcher in the Rye
I have never connected with a book or character as much as I have with Holden...
I've finally broken my J.D. Salinger virginity!! A bit over the top way to start this review? Perhaps, but seriously why has it taken me so long to get my... READ MORE
rhythmpantherxo
The Catcher in the Rye
A great read but overrated in some regards......
This book is carried along mainly by the thoughts and interactions of our central character rather than by an intriguing plot line. Our main character is b... READ MORE
Chuck
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
I have recently re-read this novel after studying it for school examinations. I got more out of it this time than then. It's very telling examples of just ... READ MORE
Yardo
The Catcher in the Rye
A nonentity.
Personally, I dislike this book. I don’t understand the purpose of such a fiction, were we supposed to empathise with the main character? His very nature i... READ MORE
Melissa
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye is such a well written novel which beautifully captures how it feels to be a troubled teenager. Well worth a look.
Kirby
The Catcher in the Rye
Catcher In The Rye
I absolutely adored this book.Initially I didn't warm to the main character Holden Caulfield,but as the book progressed,I loved his very human qualities,Hi... READ MORE
Reading nut
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
Yet again I'm left wondering what makes a book a 'classic'. I found this a tedious account of a couple of days in the life of a self-obsessed teenager. D... READ MORE
Anne Cater
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
I first read this book when I was 14 and it is one of those books that some people will see the point of, but some will not. I like to think I did, and th... READ MORE
Leah Jones
The Catcher in the Rye
Just finished this book and it only took 2 days!
Holden is not the most likable character but there was something about this book that made me want to read on, however I felt the end was a bit abrupt and ... READ MORE
Claire Honeywood
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
This book is an absolute classic. I first read it when I was 15 and have read it many times since. It's an odd book, sort of pointless in a weird way, but ... READ MORE
keeley hydon
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
doyle
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
A classicof ALL TIME; to say more would be an insult to JDS.
Stephen Vaughan
The Catcher in the Rye
First time reading
I didn’t know what to expect from from this book, the vocabulary is very Linea but he takes you on a very relatable and creative journey.
Jordan Harrington
The Catcher in the Rye
AMAZING
I have never read a book so quickly, I couldn't get my head out of it. Very interesting, written very well. The best book I've ever read, definitely my fav... READ MORE
Davina
The Catcher in the Rye
The Catcher in the Rye
This is one of those books that I've heard mentioned many a time in many a list of classics and must read books so I was quite looking forward to reading i... READ MORE
Ecowitch
The Catcher in the Rye
Fantastic
I'd recommend this to anyone, especially young men. It's so full of personality and easy to read that I could not put it down.
Connor Percy
The Catcher in the Rye
Interesting Read
The story is told in the first person by the main character Holden. In some respects it is quite a tender story of a teenager trying work out what he likes... READ MORE
Dean Gibson