The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

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Title: The Catcher in the Rye – Forfatter: J.D. Salinger

★★☆☆☆

”The Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Sallinger is a must have classic that everyone should read – I’ve heard!

I almost feel bad about the fact that it didn’t have the same effect on me. I’m sorry!

”The Catcher in the Rye” presents us with a plot which circles around existential crisis in a teenager’s life from childhood on the journey to adolescence. It presents a few days of a teenager’s life and all of the character, Holden’s, psychological struggles. It’s as if we read his diary or his inner thoughts, and even though he often seems vague in his descriptions, it is very clear that he lets the reader enter his mind.

This novel truly shows a main character that copes with loneliness and of feeling lost. Holden is incapable of neither appreciating anything nor having faith of everything working out just fine.

It is obvious to everyone that this book has something to offer. The real problem for me was the language. I really didn’t like the writing style. Naturally, it truly symbolized the character and his behaviour, but I had a hard time getting through it. There was a lot of repetition and swearing – but of course, these facts truly show that the main character was a teenager, and that we would see the world directly through his eyes.

If you are aware of the historical context with the novel being written after WWII, it is clear that the character, Holden, represents different themes of this historical period: rebellion and rejection of values and society, and a universal feeling of loneliness and misunderstanding. This piece of knowledge actually helped me to understand the novel better, but I’m sad to say that this will not become one of my favourite books.

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