The Catcher in The Rye

From my previous post, I promised you to write about The Catcher in The Rye, right after I finished the book. I’m not an expert on English literature, but I’ll share my opinions about this phenomenal book.

The Catcher in the Rye is a novel written by J.D. Salinger, first published at 1951. The novel was so famous, even has become a common part of curriculum in English literature. One of the causes that make this book so famous might be its correlations with John Lennon case. About this, Lennon-Chapman.com ilustrated the horrific situation as follows:

Mark Chapman had just shot five bullets into John Lennon. He sat down on the sidewalk, took out a book from his overcoat pocket….and read several pages while waiting for the police.

The book was J D Salinger’s “The Catcher In The Rye”

The Catcher in The Rye
The Catcher in The Rye

Later, it’s discovered that this book also correlated with another various homicides. There are many resources about this, but for now let’s dig into the story told by the book.

The book itself told a story about a boy named Holden Caulfield. He’s talented in English but just expelled from his school right before christmast. He like to criticize people, especially all the phonies that happened to be around him.

In the last day in his school, he have a fight with his roommate, and then decided to leave at once. Then, on that night, he’s wandering in New York by himself. Here, he’s pretending as an adult that lead him into a real situation that teach him about being an adult. He also disturbed about the fact that everything is tainted and can’t find a place that’s nice and peaceful. In the end, he met his sister and found his lesson about life.

The writing style in this book was different from any other book that I’ve been read (well, I didn’t read  a lot of book yet). The way Holden thinking is written honestly and free, didn’t worry about anything. The language sometimes rude but rather than that, it quite straight-forward without pretending to be nice. I really like the way the story was written. I hope in the future I can be more honest about writing what I’m thinking.

As a summary, this book is a classic. A must read novel for anyone who love to read. But, I must warn you to think clearly and don’t break the law.

6 thoughts on “The Catcher in The Rye

  1. eventough I like some of classic literature, there are few books that i can hardly read. my eyes barely open while i read the books, :D

    this book seems interesting by the way. i'll add this one on my list…

  2. @fadhilatul:

    thank you..

    From your comment, I guess the book successfully taught me how to kill people (via writing of course).

    Well, there're so many things to learn though..

    @morishige:

    Although this book was published long time ago, it's still a masterpiece (that's why I called it classic)..

    I guess you'll not even paused while reading this book..

    I'll wait for your opinions about the book..^^

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