The Catcher in the Rye which was first published by J. D. Salinger in 1951 has been an inspiration for several generations. This novel is about the New Yorker anti hero Holden Caulfield, a 16 year old boy who has difficulties in applying himself to the life at the prep schools for boys from the well of families.
Holden has been a student at several different prep schools, but he has been kicked out of all of them because he in general fails almost all subjects.
However, when one is reading The Catcher in the Rye, following the story about how Holden is searching for answers to how to live in a cold world with very little true love and caring for others, then one realizes that Holden is far from being stupid. On the contrary he is very intelligent and observing and he cares for others.
The story of The Catcher in the Rye is being told by Holden Caulfield himself, from his wandering around in New York some few days before Christmas Eve, till he ends at a rehabilitation center, where he is communicating with a psychoanalyst.
Holden Caulfield represents many young people in his search for the answers to one of the big questions: Where to go in life, and what to do?
Several of the Quotes from The Catcher in the Rye are illustrating these important questions and answers in a very direct way, but others are metaphors and have to be reflected upon, such as:
Where do the ducks in the lakes of Central Park go during the winter?
Or how does a young person answer the grown ups who are asking them: What are you going to do with your life. As Holden says:
It is such a stupid question, in my opinion. I mean how do you know what you are going to do till you do it.
J. D. Salinger wrote the book shortly after the Second World War, and the novel was very different to other books published at that time. It was not until decades later that criticism of the society and anti heroes became popular reading. The book The Catcher in the Rye has been very popular for several decades, and the novel is still being read by young readers. Voluntarily reading the book as well as compulsory high school syllabus.
Over the years there have been several who wanted to produce it as a movie, and a movie The Catcher in the Rye would most certainly be a success. However J.D. Salinger, who died on January 27, 2010 was strongly against that Hollywood would get its hands on The Catcher in the Rye. But recently there have been new rumors about a film production of the classic story of The Catcher in the Rye.
Some other articles about J. D. Salinger's book The Catcher in the Rye are:
The Catcher in the Rye Summary, is giving a short review of the novel
The Catcher in the Rye Book, giving some bibliographical information about the book
The Catcher in the Rye Movie, gives information about the latest rumors about the movie, when or if The Catcher in the Rye will be made as a film. This article will be updated on a regular basis, by myself and by readers who can make comments on the article. The Catcher in the Rye Movie
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