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"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them."
His constant wry observations about what he encounters, from teachers to phonies (the two of course are not mutually exclusive) capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation.
As fresh, funny and beautiful as it was when I read it over 50 years ago. Definitely stood the test of time. The description of Holden's pre-teenage sister skating alone (!!! Read morePublished 13 days ago by Suzanne Ellison
Story wise, hated it. But the writing? Epic genius. The character was real, if you know what I'm saying. I don't know that we get to read work this raw anymore. Read morePublished 4 months ago by S Legend
I understand why this is such an enduring story. I consumed it quickly, and I will read it again. I recommend it.Published 7 months ago by P M
As a 35 year old reading Catcher I felt like I was 15-20 years too old to get the full experience out of this classic. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sarabeth - Multiple Momstrosity
An entertaining book that I first read as a teenager and now again, in middle age. My teenage impression of 'The Catcher in the Rye' was that it was 'kind of funny'. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Farheen Orya
very good book and excellent story the most interesting that I've read so long I recommand it to all my friendsPublished 9 months ago by Claude Couillard