The Catcher in the Rye

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Am i the only one who finds this book depressing?

Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.

This part and that conversation with Phoebe gets to me every frigging

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time. People often find Caulfield as a halfwit who calls everyone else phony. But, you know, he did change in the end. He missed the same roommate who knocked him, same roommate with all the pimples. He isn't the same.
He's all about innocence which couldn't be preserved. He is the holy frigging Catcher in the rye.

JD Salinger is a hermit who's been through wars and all the horrors. He could've written stories about blind girls and cruel soldiers. But, you see, he writes about sixteen year old misfit. Because Caulfield is, again, the holy frigging Catcher in the rye.

It might sound clichéd if someone tells you this is the coolest book ever written. But guess what, it indeed is the coolest book ever written, or at least that is what i think.
If Holden Caulfield thinks you're a phony, you are a phony.

Perhaps I'll grow older one day and think teenagers are worthless, but ask me, I'd still scream, Holden Caulfield is a hero.

If you had a million years to do it in, you couldn't rub out even half the "F..k you" signs in the world. It's impossible.
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The first-person narrative follows Holden Caulfield's experiences in New York City in the days following his expulsion from Pencey Prep, a fictional college preparatory school in the fictional city of Agerstown, Pennsylvania.

Holden shares encounters he has had with students and faculty of Pencey, whom he criticizes as being superficial, or, as he would say, "phony". After being expelled from the school for poor grades, Holden packs up and leaves the school in the middle of the night after an altercation with his roommate. He takes a train to New York, but does not want to return to his family and instead checks into the dilapidated Edmont Hotel. There, he spends an evening dancing with three tourist girls and has a clumsy encounter with a prostitute; he refuses to do anything with her and, after he tells her he just wants to talk, she becomes annoyed with him and leaves. However, he still pays her for her time. She demands more money than was originally agreed upon and when Holden refuses to pay he is beaten by her pimp, Maurice.

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anayansia 7 months ago

Entertaining to the fullest. The pure essence of an intelligent adolescent who sees clearly through the cracks within society. Over 50 years later and I'm sure there are others who can relate to Holden. I know I did

Guest a year ago

the best book i read

Guest a year ago

Has some excellent things to offer. Has some shit I don’t care for.

Guest a year ago

sucks

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