The Catcher in the Rye

J. D. Salinger

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Publisher: Unknown
Pages: 162


Holden begins his story at Pencey Preparatory, an exclusive private school (fictional, though based on Salinger's own experience at Valley Forge Military Academy) in Agerstown, Pennsylvania, on the Saturday afternoon of the traditional football game with rival school Saxon Hall. Holden ends up missing the game. As manager of the fencing team, he loses their equipment on a New York City subway train that morning, resulting in the cancellation of a match. He goes to the home of his history teacher...

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Bill (Pappy) Drake

This was the book that made me a reader. In my high school freshman english class we were to do a book report. Up till then I read standard boy stuff. Pseudo biographies of cowboys, frontier heroes or sport figures. The book I chose was about Willie Mays but my teacher, Mr. Flynn refused it. He handed me The Catcher in the Rye. Holy crap. I never realized that books could be so entertaining. The protagonist, Holden Caufield was me. The drama of his life, the relationship with his sister was so much what I was experiencing at the time. I laughed and cried. For a tough kid from the Bronx it was a new experience. I have so much respect for teachers like Mr. Flynn who open eyes and introduce new worlds to young students. I have been an avid reader since.


One of my favorite books when I was a teenager. So much angst and a lot of the anger of teenage years so well captured in this. Would like to reread this to see how I feel now!

Shaunia Marek

This book was weird for me, mainly because I started liking it after I read it. While I was reading the story, I had mixed emotions and just wanted to smack Holden in the head at times. Mixed feelings.


Bookaxe Characteristics for The Catcher in the Rye

Character and Plot:

Characters in depth

Fast-paced plot

Language and Style:

Straight to the point

Language and style central

New Information:

Pure entertainment

Introduces you to new ideas


Explores the darker side of life
Light-hearted and optimistic


No swearing or violence etc
Frequent swearing and violence etc

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