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A book review on 'The Catcher in the Rye' By J.D.Salinger

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A book review on 'The Catcher in the Rye' By J.D.Salinger This book is about a few days in the life of Holden Caulfield, At the beginning of the book Holden is expelled from his private school, 'Pency'. This is just one of many schools he has been expelled from. Holden decides that, as the school term is about to break up, he would go to New York City for a few days until he is expected home. So off he sets one night wearing his hunting hat that Holden loves because it represents independence from others. He jumps on a train and goes to the big city. Holden Caulfield is the main character in this novel; he is a typical adolescent boy. Holden is much more than a troubled teen going through "a phase". Holden is a very special boy with special needs. He doesn't understand and doesn't wish to understand the world around him. In fact most of the book details his guilty admissions of all the knowledge he knows but wishes he didn't. ...read more.

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Holden automatically associates skill with arrogance (from past experiences no doubt) and thus can't separate the two. Even Holden's most trusted teacher, Mr. Antolini, proves to be a phony when he attempts to fondle Holden. Thus the poor boy is left with a cluster of memories, some good but most bad. Yet because of these memories, Holden has developed the unique ability to speak frankly (though not well spoken) about the people he meets. Though he seems very skeptical about the world, he is really just bewildered. His vocabulary often makes him seem hard, but in fact he is a very weak-willed individual. Holden has no concept of pain, and often likes to see himself as a martyr for a worthy cause. This is proven after the fight with Maurice, after which he imagines his guts spilling out on the floor. The end of the book demonstrates significant growth on the part of Holden. Although at first Holden is quick to condemn those around him as phony (like Stradlater and Ackley), his more recent encounters with others prove that he is becoming more tolerant and less judgmental. ...read more.

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D.B is Holden's older brother who has sold out to Hollywood as a play writer because of this he's a phony; Holden admires him in a way but not nearly as much as he admires Allie. There are other characters in this novel such as Ackley, Stradlater, Sally Hayes, Jane Galangher and James castle; they all have an effect on Holden. I loved this book, I thought it was extremely interesting and found it hard to put down. I had lots of empathy for Holden, and found him an peculiar character. I was fascinated by they way he approached the world. I find the idea of 'Phonies' intriguing; I can understand exactly what Holden means. I think all readers of the book have something they can relate to Holden. Reading this book you will feel sorrow, frustration, happiness, and humor. This may be a life changing read for anyone, who picks up the book, it may, just may change your approach to life. It changed mine. By Alex Whittaker ...read more.

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