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The Catcher in the Rye

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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
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"Interesting study of life"
4 stars"
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The growing pains of one young mans life. Worth reading following the recent hype that surrounded this book.

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"Changes your life" Purchased on Mighty Ape

Great book, very very interesting storyline. A must read

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"Could have been written in 2018"
5 stars"
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Brilliant novel. Just as relevant today as it was when it was released.


Ever since it was first published in 1951, this novel has been the coming-of-age story against which all others are judged. 

The ultimate novel for disaffected youth, but relevant to all ages. The story is told by Holden Caulfield, a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. Throughout, Holden dissects the 'phony' aspects of society, and the 'phonies' themselves: the headmaster whose affability depends on the wealth of the parents, his roommate who scores with girls using sickly-sweet affection. Lazy in style, full of slang and swear words, it's a novel whose interest and appeal comes from its observations rather than its plot intrigues (in conventional terms, there is hardly any plot at all). Salinger's style creates an effect of conversation, it is as though Holden is speaking to you personally, as though you too have seen through the pretences of the American Dream and are growing up unable to see the point of living in, or contributing to, the society around you. Written with the clarity of a boy leaving childhood, it deals with society, love, loss, and expectations without ever falling into the clutch of a cliche.

Release date NZ
May 1st, 1991
Country of Publication
United States
Little, Brown and Company
All-time sales rank
Top 2000
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