A unique story about youth

The Catcher in the Rye is a novel by J.D Salinger written in 1951. At first it was recommended for adults however due to its themes of the youth and the questions of identity, sexuality and growing up, it has aroused more interest in the younger people. The book is now sort of a legend when it comes to modern literature and especially for English speaking countries it is the kind of book that everyone has to have read in some point in their life. The book has also been translated to most languages in the world and therefore is one of the most popular English-language novels of all time.

                             The book itself tells a story about a 16-year-old boy named Holden Caulfield and his views on life and people. Holden gets expelled from his school and instead of going home to tell his parents, he makes his way to New York and tells us about the experiences he goes through while being there.

                             The book is written with Holden as the narrator. His way of looking at the world is very different which might make you consider your own aspects on life. The language in the book is fascinating and different from today because it is written with a rough old New York slang and therefore there has been a lot of disagreement with the translations of the book. I thought it was easy to read but I have to admit that there were indeed a few old expressions that I had to look up on the internet.

                             I’d say this book is for everybody but especially for teenagers who go through the same problems that Holden does – not that Holden thinks he has any problems. For me, The Catcher in the Rye was a very joyful reading experience because I thought it was interesting to read about Holden’s aspects on life and it made me want to know more about him throughout the whole book. This book is very different from anything I’ve ever read and it definitely became one of my favourite books. Holden’s story really touched me.

J.D Salinger. 1951. The Catcher in the Rye. London: Hamish Hamilton Ltd.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Kerli
    Nov 20, 2010 @ 22:23:03

    Hello 🙂
    Having read your book rewiew, I thing it was very clear and your own intuition came out very well. It was a good idea to tell themes on the book cause it supplement the reader’s vision of the book. In the ending your book rewiew you mention that “Holden’s story really touched me”. So why ?? why the book was so touching ? It would have been nice to know. After all
    Very good package! good work ! .)


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