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A 16-year-old American boy relates in his own words the experiences he goes through at school and after, and reveals with unusual candour the workings of his own mind. What does a boy in his teens think and feel about his teachers, parents, friends and acquaintances?
The Catcher in the Rye
Ever since he debuted in the literary world with "The Catcher in the Rye" Holden Caulfied is synonymous with 'cynical adolescent'. Holden Caulfied is the character brought to life through literature by J.D. Salinger. But what does it mean to be a catcher in the rye? Well Caulfield deciphers it as the act of catching the running kids in the rye field before they fall off the cliff situated at the end of the field.
Holden is a troubled adolescent who smokes a lot and flunks at prep school and eventually leaves school in the middle of the night. Having spent two cold and lonely days in New York City, he allows himself to be caught by a person whose childish innocence gives him hope. This is actually a narration of a couple of days of his sixteenth year.
The book is fun to read despite being a tale of teenage angst or depression. Sangler's writing is brilliant with life-like characters and the book needs no artifice. Anyone who has reached the age of sixteen would be able to identify with the story as Holden has bits and pieces of all of us. The close connectivity of real life situations and the book has contributed to its rising popularity; making 'The Catcher in the Rye' one of the most loved and lasting works in world literature.
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