The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the RyeThough Salinger wrote this book in 1945, the personalities and ideas expressed within are relevant to today, and I see why this book is a classic. The Catcher in the Rye is the narrative of a disaffected adolescent, completely in his own voice, as told to a psychiatric professional. The idioms and slang are definitely place- and time-based, but the desperate search for meaning, ego-gratification, and adult affectations will be familiar to anybody who cares to remember what it was like to be a teenager in America. The protagonist is extraordinarily privileged, and the ease with which he throws money around is pretty obnoxious, but I really empathized with him as he processed grief and adolescent malaise through storytelling.

Reviewed by Charlie


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