Book Review The Catcher In The Rye

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Salinger, J.D., The Catcher in the RyeMcClelland and Stewart Limited, Canada, 1951, No. Pages 216Book ReviewThe Catcher in the RyeThe novel " The catcher in the rye" written by J.D. Salinger, is a novel about a young teenage New Yorker who journeys through New York for four days in order to go back home to see his parents. The young teenager goes by the name of Holden Caulfield, Holden is expelled from school from poor achievement once again. He decides to leave and go back home to New York to break the news about being expelled to his parents. What Holden doesn't realize is during his four-day 'vacation' in New York he develops a nervous breakdown. J.D. Salinger wrote the novel in 1st ...view middle of the document...

Told as a monologue, the book describes Holden's thoughts, activities and dilemmas that take place during those four days, during which he describes a developing nervous breakdown. Holden arrives in New York by train and checks in at the Edmont Hotel. IN New York Holden characterizes almost every person he meets as a "phoney" which is to be rather childish. "Phoney" is probably one of Holden's favourite words of describing people and places that he has a low opinion on. You realize that Holden is a rather hypocritical person for he doesn't like people that show off because it looks so unnatural yet he smokes cigarettes and drinks and the bars when he is under aged. Holden believes everyone is phoney in some kind of way. Could it be that everyone in the novel is normal and he was the one to be phoney? Towards the end of the novel Holden start to grow up from the way he begins to act. When his sister Phoebe goes to school he starts to erase the bad words form the walls in her school also in the museum. This part shows that he is becoming an adult. By the end of the book Holden forms into a more mature young adult for he faces his breakdown and his life turns out all right in the end.J.D. Salinger's writing is simple to read yet in a way that so effective to the reader for it was the mind of sixteen-year-old boy thoughts. Salinger uses well description and he really got into the character of Holden for he thinks, speaks and acts just like a teenager would have. Using the language of a teenager was very effective way of portraying the character of Holden. Holden seemed to be a rough and witty boy using course language and witty expressions. The theme that Salinger portrays in his novel the trials and tribulations and come with the journey of growing up. In the beginning of the novel Holden is teenager by the end of the novel he is a young adult. When he didn't enter the museum he used to go to when he was a child was a sign that he was growing up for he thought it would be too childish. When he erases the swear words on the school walls is another sign that he was...

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