Once, a banned book. Is that catchy enough for you to dash and grab a copy? Aside from that, this book has been taught in many high schools and continues to influence people of all ages. I would say that this book is life changing, though it may not be for everyone. Honestly, some people will hate the main character (Holden Caulfield) with all his sarcasm and cynicism, yet he also has redeeming selfless qualities along with (depending on your personality preference) an entertaining set of catch-phrases and colloquialisms. I recommend this book because even if you don’t like Holden, there will be times that you can relate with him and think about the world critically with him. He makes you feel like you’re not the only human alive. He reassures you that every person has a flaw here and there and may even be a very disagreeable person; yet at the end of the day, even the most annoying or least enjoyable person can be missed. I found this story to be a page-turner with subtle profound moments sprinkled in the mist of Holden’s horsing around. More significantly, if you ever feel lonely or hopeless, I think this is an amazing read for precisely those moments.
Further description from Amazon:
“Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with “cynical adolescent.” Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he’s been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. It begins,
“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them.”
His constant wry observations about what he encounters, from teachers to phonies (the two of course are not mutually exclusive) capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation.”
Post submitted by: Christina Trieu