The Catcher in the Rye is a 1951 novel by J. D. Salinger. The novel's protagonist and antihero, Holden Caulfield, has become an icon for teenage rebellion. Holden at sixteen folds in and out of adult society, sometimes pulling it off and sometimes not, while privately occupied by thoughts of where the ducks in Central Park go in winter, and how incredibly phony a large percentage of human interactions are. Holden is at various times disaffected, disgruntled, alienated, isolated, directionless, and sarcastic: illustrating a teenager's dramatic struggle against death and growing up.
The Catcher in the Rye has been listed as one of the best novels of the 20th century. It has been called an unusually brilliant novel and the defining work on what it is like to be a teenager among other plaudits. This novel has had significant cultural influence, and works inspired by the novel have been said to form their own genre.
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