Sleep tight, ya morons!

The Catcher in the Rye is a  multi nominated and bestselling novel by J.D Salinger, published in 1951. Roughly 250 000 copies are sold each year all around the world. It’s a book that has been both loved and hated; in 1981, it was the most censored, but also the most taught book in public schools in USA.

The narrator and main character of the book is Holden Caulfield, a teenager who struggles in life as he feels alienated from school and society and frustrated on almost everything. He is expelled from school as he fails in almost every subject. He leaves the school a few days earlier than he should, in the middle of the night and screams “Sleep tight, ya morons!” as his last words. He takes a train back home, New York, but he figures that if he shows up this early, his parents would know that he’s being kicked out, so he decides the spent the few remaining days in the city. He kills the time with the company of alcohol, hotels, smoky bars, a few strangers and a couple of old friends.

There’s no big action filled plot in this book. It’s the unique and strong atmosphere of the book that keeps the reader interested the whole time. It’s written in the first person and you become pretty close with Holden’s thoughts. The book feels like it’s Holden’s journal or a story that he tells to a close friend or family member. It’s quite descriptive and filled with his thoughts and emotions.

The language of the book is a bit rough. At the beginning, Holden admits that he has a poor vocabulary. His language is cynical and quite plain. His frustration is reflected on the writing style too; he finishes a lot of the sentences with words like “and all”. Holden uses funny idioms like “somebody had thrown his cookies” which means that someone had puked. There’s also a big amount of profanity in this book and Holden is often told how he should talk nicer.

This is the kind of book that really takes you away with it. It’s one of those books that you can’t wait to get to read again and you feel sad when it ends because it was so entertaining and terrific. It is popular among teenagers, but I think it’s a book that also adult may find sterling. It’s personal, funny, realistic and exciting. The best book I have read in a long time. A must.

Challenging words:
witty=naseva, nokkela
disgression=syrjähyppy, poikkeama
jitterbug=jitterbug tanssi
adhesive=tarttuva, liimautuva
Turtleneck sweater=poolopaita


Holden Caulfield

Holden Caulfield, 16 years old, is the main character and narrator in J.D Salingers novel “The Catcher in the Rye”. The novel is written completely from his perspective, so he gets well-known when reading it. Holden enjoys reading books and writing, but he hates movies. He’s rather tall and looks more mature than he actually is. A usual thing for him to do is to light up his cigarette and start walking down the streets of New York, eyeing on people and having an opinion on even the smallest things around him. He’s a young man who seeks for an escape from his life and his frustration and literally, tries to kill the time, because there’s really nothing notable to do in his life. His influence on other people is mostly upsetting them and getting them worried about him. More

A boy who wanted to be a catcher in the rye

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger is a story about a boy named Holden Caulfield. Holden gets kicked out of school and travels to New York. Holden describes his experiences while being there and we get to read what’s going on in the boy’s head.


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.


Sonuvabitch, that killed me!

The Catcher in the Rye is a story about sixteen-year-old Holden, who for some reason, gets expelled from his school. Again. When I first looked at the book, I was like “goddam, another book to read by force. These covers look so lame, can’t be a good book.” But no no no no, I was so wrooong. This book hit the right spot, it was so good.
The story was very interesting, it felt so realistic. Maybe because there were places like New York and the main character was about same age as I so it was easy to adopt the view, easy to imagine what happend in the world of Holden Caulfield. While reading, it felt like the book could be a piece of someone’s life story.
It’s been a while when I have been so into a book. Even had a few laughs.
Salinger uses very colourful slang and witty dialogue which makes the novel especially for young people.
Must read. Strongly recommended.

J.D Salinger. 1958. The Catcher in the Rye. London: Penguin Books.

Cya phonies!

Holden Caulfield, 16, our protagonist in the book The Catcher in the Rye, goes Pencey prep, or used to. He also used to go three other schools. For the fourth time he gets expelled from school and is told to leave soon. Holden decides it’s better head for home, but before that, he goes to New York. There he spends three days and experiences a lot of stuff and describes all his thoughts and feelings.

Holden is a very strong person. He has his own, mostly way or another radical opinions which usually ends up to solutions that how phony everything and everyone is. It seems that he doesn’t care much what he says to others and because being such a bad-mouth, he often gets in trouble and even few times beaten up. He’s very good with words, you can see him saying ”phony” and ”that kills me” a lot and of course swearing swearing swearing, that verbose side of him is very admirable… Even though he seems such a badass, he has some sensitive and yet positive feelings, especially when talking about his little sister Pheobe. He seems to have a lot of friends though they don’t show up very often and of course most of them are ”phony.”

All in all Holden Caulfield is very mature for his age and seems like he could have been born to some kind of ghetto because he’s such a badass.


Few words:

Witty = Näsäviisas

Anxious = Jännittynyt, halukas, malttamaton

Braids = Letittää

Chisel = Ryöstää

Spendthrift = Tuhlari

Incognito = tuntematon

Matinee = Päivänäytös

Phony = Teeskentelijä

Inferiority complex = Alemmuuskompleksi

Digression = Syrjähyppy

Holden Caulfield – Bully or bullied?

The main character of J. D. Salingers book The Catcher in the Rye is Holden Caulfield and he is a sixteen-year-old boy who has just been expelled from a school called Pencey Prep. He has failed now from four different schools. He has visited psychiatrist for an unspecified complaint and he has trouble making his social life better than it was. Reading the book, you notice two things what has happened in his past that have something to do with his emotional state. 1. death of his brother Allie and 2. the suicide of one of his schoolmates.


The Catcher in the Rye – a Great Book!

The Catcher in the Rye

a novel by J. D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye is set around the 1950’s and is narrated by a young man named Holden Caulfield, sixteen years old. Holden is not specific about his location while he’s telling the story, but he tells that he is having some kind of treatment in a mental hospital. He’s school success isn’t so good that it should be. The events he narrates take place in the few days between the end of the fall school term and Christmas, when Holden is in his teenages. More

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