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The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger


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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  • Ann

    By the way, I really disliked this book. I'm sure its stream of consciousness style appealed but what an uninteresting lead.

    November 17, 2013

    • Dennis T.

      Holden appeals to me and I'm sure many others because he reminds us of our youth. The book articulates much of what I thought and felt back then and very clearly. It's amazing to me how Salinger could express all that so correctly and clearly. I think men would like the book more since our experience is closer to Holden's. AFAIK women's experience differs significantly. Also, he is a 17-year old and most 17-year olds aren't spectacularly interesting, wouldn't you say?

      November 18, 2013

  • Scott D.

    I am an avid reader, these days mostly about Islam and Muhammad which I find interesting. A long, long time ago, I was an English major at Hofstra University where I received my B.A. I love bookstores. If I were allowed to live in one, I surely would! Look forward to meeting others who appreciate Holden.

    October 28, 2013

  • Sylvia

    Sorry. I have a terrible cold, which seems like it would negatively contribute to the conversation!

    1 · October 28, 2013

  • John

    Article about history of CITR as a banned book. Some comment about censorship in general.

    September 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Paris movie theater is running a great documentary on J. D. Salinger. Found it interesting and informative. Enjoy!

    September 26, 2013

  • Donna R.

    I was really looking forward to this, but I have a last minute obligation, ugh. It has the potential of great discussion.

    September 24, 2013

  • Tiffany

    Hmm...I'm sure this has been asked before, but what exactly are we paying for here?

    September 23, 2013

    • Ann

      Keeps the meeting organizer from having to be out of pocket.

      September 23, 2013

    • Tiffany

      Yeah thanks Ann. I can read. I've just never been part of a Meetup that charges, so I wondered what the money was going towards. I didn't know the website charges organizers. Thanks John for answering my question without the condescension.

      September 23, 2013

  • Shon T.

    I will be there as long as my employment schedule doesn't interfere

    September 7, 2013

  • Shelley

    Might be bring a guest. Can I let you know closer to the time. Can't wait to share thoughts on Salinger.

    July 4, 2013

    • Dennis T.

      Sure, just update your RSVP when you find out.

      July 31, 2013

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