Let me simply say this novel opens to a lot of discussion and controversy. It was also a key in my real life runaway story. Thank you Mr. Sweet of Preston Manor High School!
It's a book that still sits on many schools 'Banned Books list'(something I wish to achieve my book), yet that's what makes it such an intriguing read and some inspiration into my own character development with fictional writings of my new novel High Season: The Learnings of Mohammad Wang.
The Catcher in the Rye definitely would not be everyone's cup of tea, yet I still find it dangerous and a very compelling novel with gallons of harsh truths, poured in along with some humor and comparing minutes of melancholy with a boy named Holden.
I believe many teens would have the capacity to relate to a variety of topics within the novel despite being composed in 1951. It's timeless! This quick read is a contemporary classic among the 'coming of age' genre. The key character, 17-year old Holden Caulfield is certainly intriguing, and it is fascinating to get in the head of the unexpected, rebellious protagonist.
The book commences with Holden addressing you, the reader, and he starts to retell the events over a three-day interval from 'last December'. His story begins at Pencey Prep, a prestigious boarding school filled with what he calls "phonies."
What strikes me the most is how Mr. Salinger created a brash atmosphere from the very start of the novel with Holden depicted as insolent, piss-off and frankly, utterly clueless about his future.
The whole story is virtually one long flashback of this three day period with occasional references to his now. One thing that makes The Catcher in the Rye different from other novels that are similar, I believe, is the pretty frequent utilization of profanity and RAW adult behavior. Mr. Salinger's need to twist words to force the reader to turn the page - be warned if you're not a fan of vulgarity! Same goes for my novel.
The heavy use of colloquialism is successful in making the reader relate to the characters better and make the characters appear more realistic. But if you are under sixteen, I'd certainly not advocate the novel to you personally! It's not merely the language used that makes The Catcher in the Rye unsuitable for younger readers, but also the topics discussed that center around the idea of morality.
J.D. Salinger's novel is a wake-up call to all adolescents and in a strange way, is an inspiring book because it sends out the message that we should all remain hopeful and faithful to ourselves. Teenagers can connect to it because of its own complex themes of identity, rebellion, and freedom but I'd recommend you read it before you have to start adulting; otherwise, you may get the urge to smack Holden for his activities when reading the novel!
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