Catcher in the Rye

Catcher in the Rye

by J.D. Sallinger

Overview: Ever since it was first published in 1951, this novel has been the coming-of-age story against which all others are judged. Read and cherished by generations, the story of Holden Caulfield is truly one of America's literary treasures.

Esther Bradley-DeTally (03/07/16): Vulnerability, angst, absolute authenticity and humor right up my alley; I loved this book; gave it to my son when he came of age. He loved it. I have read everything by Salinger. Fabulous.
Rating: *****

Rona Simmons (02/28/16): Better late than never, I suppose. How did I escape reading this classic in high school? I’m not sure. Nevertheless, I found it infinitely entertaining in a number of ways. Perhaps mostly for the “voice” of Holden Caulfield. Who would dare write interior dialogue like this today? For the quirkiness of the character whom I felt I was treading behind in his very steps. For the quick read. It is nice for a change to pick up a relatively short novel that is so captivating and page turning at the same time.

“I read a lot of war books and mysteries and all, but they don’t knock me out too much. What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.”

On character description: “She wouldn’t move any of her kings. What she’d do when she’d get a king, she wouldn’t move it. She’d just leave it in the back row. She’d get them all lined up in the back row. Then she’d never use them. She just liked the way they looked when they were all in the back row.”
Rating: *****

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