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The Book Nook: “Catcher In The Rye”


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Renowned literary books such as “The Old Man and the Seaor “Frankenstein are usually well known by people who haven’t even read the book.  However, if you haven’t read “The Catcher in the Rye,” you probably have no idea what it’s about.  You might have even asked someone for a short synopsis of it, but they probably replied with something like, “Well, you just have to read it.”

J.D. Salinger, arguably the 20th Century’s most famous and arcane author, penned a story that everyone feels is about themselves.

The main character, Holden Caulfield, is an anxious and ornery teen that can’t seem to stay in one school, or even on one thought.  The story interpolates symbolic digressions through the process of presenting a boy on a quest to New York trying to relax before his parents get the letter that he’s been kicked out of Pencey Prep.  Holden, struggling with his own identity, discovers himself in trouble with a pimp, having unlikely conversations with taxi drivers, in a strange situation with his former and respected teacher, Mr. Antolini, and many other interesting situations that will make you laugh, cry or confused.

“The Catcher in the Rye” is a book that tears into readers and Salinger leaves nothing but vulnerability.  It is before its time and groundbreaking for literature. Holden’s search for himself could very well decipher encrypted qualities within your own self.  Regardless of that, it leaves an indelible mark of Holden’s humorous, sad and exciting adventure.

Dalton Monk can be contacted at [email protected]

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