I really enjoyed this book. I laughed a ton! Holden Caufield, the main character, cracks me up. He would be fun to hang out with. I love his sense of humor even though he spends much of this story lonely and depressed. I'm never a fan of authors using a ton of profanity but it just works in this book and makes the main characters voice that much more authentic. If swearing bothers you, though, you probably won't enjoy this book.
I can't say much about the story. There's not much there. A kid flunks out of college and takes a little trip just bumming around until he goes back home. The way it is told though was fantastic. It's told in first-person, so the protagonist is the narrator. The voice is insanely authentic. It just flows like the kid is sitting across from you telling you the story. I can see why people might hate this book or find it pointless because there's not much story there, but I found it to be an incredibly enjoyable character study. The voice J.D. Salinger pulls off in this novel is prodigious.
It's not easy to make it come off so natural; like someone is just talking to you telling you their story. I can see why this book is considered a classic for the reasons I've listed above. I mostly read Science Fiction and Fantasy adventures. This book was so different. It was a refreshing palate cleanser. I'm glad I finally picked it up to see what it was all about. Now I know who Holden Caulfield is! I've heard that name many times but never knew who he was. Now I do and in a big way because this book fleshes him out brilliantly. He's the main character of this book. He's a kid who needs to figure his life out and become an adult, but he doesn't want to. Not because he's immature, but because he wants to hold on to the innocence of childhood. He was an awesome character to get to know. You get to know him really well as a very unique and likable person over the course of the story. It was a pleasure to read.
The Catcher in the Rye
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