The Catcher in the Rye
From Library Staff
"JD Salinger’s seminal coming-of-age novel about the young and frustrated Holden Caulfield has become an essential read for youth today, but Salinger’s description of a labyrinthine New York City simply adds to the growing waves of angst he experiences over the course of the novel. Barring t... Read More »
A Classic one of my all time favorites everyone should read at least once in their lifetime
Holden Caulfield: “Either you found him a kindred spirit in your youth and continue to sympathize with him — less blindly, more wistfully — as you age; or else you found him a whiner then and you find him a whiner now.” Austin Allen
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From the critics
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jilly0522 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over
kjc044 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over
amlo thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over
blue_seastar_74 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over
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SummaryAdd a Summary
Events that occur in the days after Holden Caulfield gets kicked out of highschool.
Holden Caulfield is a 17 yr old boy has been kicked out of Pencey, wants to save children from adulthood by metaphorically being the Catcher in the Rye.
Basically a summary of Holden Caulfield's uneventful life for three days. He gets kicked out of his High School and journey's back home for Christmas.
NoticesAdd a Notice
Coarse Language: a little bit
Violence: fight with room mate
Sexual Content: A little bit
Coarse Language: an extreme amount throughout the book
Sexual Content: While nothing happens sexually, there is a lot of talk and the main character (Holden) does attempt to purchase a hooker for the evening with the intention of sleeping with her but chickens out after she arrives.
Violence: Slightly descriptive violence involving fights with other guys.
Coarse Language: There is a LOT of cursing through the book. Holden's favorite term seems to be G-d and uses it constantly. Towards the end of the book he finds the phrase F-you a few times.
Coarse Language: a lot of it - but that's what makes it funny
QuotesAdd a Quote
"you're going to have to find out where you want to go. And then you've got to start going there. But Immediately. You can't afford to lose a minute. Not you."
“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. That doesn't happen much, though.”
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
“That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they're not much to look at, or even if they're sort of stupid, you fall in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can.”
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
"You can't hardly ever simplify and unify something just because somebody wants you to" (24.21).
"Lots of times you don't know what interests you most till you start talking about something that doesn't interest you most" (24.21).
"I like it when somebody digresses. It's more interesting and all" (24.19).
"I hate actors. They neever act like people. They just think they do"
"I hate actors. They never act like people. They just think they do."
VideosAdd a Video
That's My Take 2007: The Catcher in the Rye
Teens in Pima County make films that promote books and reading as part of That's My Take, a program which encourages youth voice, creativity, participation in the arts, and literacy.
Language, Voice, and Holden Caulfield: The Catcher in the Rye (CrashCourse Literature)
The great John Green discusses The Catcher In the Rye.
Find it at NYPL
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