The Catcher in the Rye

by J.D. Salinger | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0316769177 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingSqueakyChuwing of Rockville, Maryland USA on 6/3/2021
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Journal Entry 1 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Thursday, June 3, 2021
This trade paperback is one of more than 30 books from the steward of the Little Free Pantry on Crawford Drive in Rockville, Maryland, USA. All of these books were donated to the Little Free Library of Twinbrook (#7720) in May, 2021. Thank you so much!

Journal Entry 2 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Thursday, June 3, 2021
I read another copy of this book in 2010. This is what I wrote after I read it...

I won’t tell you how many years it took for me to cave and finally read The Catcher in the Rye. I’m glad I did so. My first impression of the book was that the writing sounded contemporary rather than being over 50 years old. I can see that the language in the book might have been off-putting to the public when first written, but I cannot see why this book would still remain banned anywhere. Nothing about the book or the writing is offensive, if taken as the norm at the time the book was written and when compared to all else that is accessible to young people today.

My daughter disliked this book, saying that the main character was too whiney for a rich kid. I, however, found Holden Caulfield, a teen who just failed out of yet another private school, a believable and rather likeable fellow, despite his rants and lack of responsibility. I thought that The Catcher in the Rye was simply a way of presenting how just one teenager viewed the world. Some parts of this book seemed hilariously funny. I enjoyed watching Caulfield’s tentative interactions with others. At one point in the story, though, we saw that Caulfield could indeed hold someone very close to his heart. I liked Caulfield’s attitude that, if at first he failed, he would just proceed down another track, but one of his own choosing. We all can learn from failure. So is Holden Caulfield really that different from most of us?

I assume this book was a first of its kind during the decade in which it was written and published. For that reason and because it’s such an entertaining read, I’d recommend this classic be put on your “must read” list. It would work especially well for someone with a close relationship to a teenager or even for someone who likes to think back on how difficult being a teenager really was.

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***The September 2021 You're Such an Animal Release Challenge hosted by awaywithfairies. The book title contains the word CAT.

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