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Publication Date: 4 Mar 2010
Subject: Adult novels
Suitable for: Secondary (Year 11, Year 12, Year 13)
AR: 4.7 UY
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Follows three days in the life of Holden Caulfield, a troubled sixteen year old who has been expelled from three schools, told from his hospital bed where he is convalescing
The Catcher in Rye is the ultimate novel for disaffected youth, but it's 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.
NOTE: This has been classified as adult fiction and so has not been read in full by the Peters reviewing team. Content may potentially be unsuitable for younger readers