Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Catcher in the Rye

Cover picture from So many books, so little time
The very first coming of age novel.


Jerome David Salinger, an American author, known for his reclusive nature.


The book The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, is one of the of the all-time classic novels about teenage alienation and rebellion.

The story is narrated by the main character Holden Caufield who is telling it from a medical facility of which he has been sent to recover from an illness or a breakdown (which Salinger  himself suffered from whilst in the army).Holden is a confused 16 year old who is desperate to find himself. He can’t help but see the world and particularly those around him though cynical and somewhat hypocritical eyes.Throughout the story Holden takes great pleasure in pointing out the flaws in others and his dislike of the people around him. (source: The Catcher in the Rey)

The majority of the novel takes place in December 1949. The story commences with Holden Caulfield describing encounters he has had with students and faculty of Pencey Prep in Agerstown, Pennsylvania. He criticizes them for being superficial, or, as he would say, "phony." (source: Wikipedia)


I ran from bookstore to bookstore in Mumbai and finally found it the day before my departure. I only needed the time in the plane to fly from India to Ghana to finish the book. I was actually shocked how thin the book was. On arrival in Accra, I gave it to Habib, a friend of my host family.


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