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Book review: The Catcher in the Rye

I always wanted to read that book even though I had no idea what it was about. I had a totally different idea of it before! I’m glad I did read it.

The Catcher in the Rye from the american writer J.D. Salinger is a modern classic even after almost six decades after being published and it’s one of the most selled in american history.
At age sixteen Holden Caulfield was expelled from school e decides to go back to his parents house in New York. He was released three days before school holidays begin and decided to stay in hotels, bars and at Central Park before going to his parents and getting the ranting.
The Catcher In The RyeThe book is told in first person e surrounds the reveries and discoveries of a teenager on 1940’s.
Holden Caulfield is a rebeld teenager, hero and vilan at the same time who looks to find himself and ends up discovering a world full of selfish and fake people. During the time we spend with Caulfield we notice his dark humor, his capacity of criticizing every single thing and his tendency to lie as often as he can.
The only opinion the caracter knows for sure is his love for his younger sister (Phoebe) that shows to be a strong and decisive caracter in the story. The reveries lived by Caulfield show clearly the indecisiviness and pressure teenagers have to deal with.
The questionings of life brought by Holden are simple but hide the search for deeper answers and more complex matters. It is the famous teenager’s identity crisis I’d say.
The book does not have ups and downs since it contains no major events. The narrative is steady and a bit tiring because the character derives various other matters to an event he’s describing and both end up having no influence or importance in the story.
It’s worth reading to understand the dilemmas of the famous teenager character Holden Caulfield and meet the peculiar writing style considered a classic and was highlighted at its launch in 1951.

Want to hear something weird? The killer of John Lennon, Mark Chapman was reading The Catcher in the Rye in the time he was arrested. Lennon had autographed the book moments before being shot by the fan. WEIRD!

O Apanhador no Campo de Centeio do escritor americano J. D .Salinger é considerado um clássico moderno mesmo depois de quase seis décadas de publicado, sendo o livro um dos mais vendidos da história americana.
Aos dezesseis anos Holden Caulfield foi expulso da escola e decide voltar para a casa dos pais. Faltavam ainda 3 dias apara o término das aulas e com intenção de adiar o esporro que ganharia de seus pais quando soubessem da novidade Caulfield decide passar um tempo em hotéis, bares e no Central Park.
O livro é contado em primeira pessoa e conta os devaneios e as descobertas de um jovem adolescente na década de 40.
Holden Caulfield é um adolescente rebelde, herói e vilão ao mesmo tempo que procura descobrir a si mesmo e acaba topando com pessoas interesseiras e falsas. Durante o tempo que passamos com Caulfield podemos perceber seu humor negro, sua capacidade de criticar tudo e sua tendência em mentir sempre que possível.
A única opinião que o personagem traz com firmeza no livro é o fato de amar sua irmã mais nova (Phoebe) que se mostrou um personagem muito forte e decisivo na história. Os devaneios do personagem demonstram claramente a indecisão e a pressão vividas quando se é um adolescente. Os questionamentos de Caulfield sobre a vida são simples mas escondem a procura de respostas mais complexas e profundas. É a famosa crise de identidade eu diria.
O livro não possui altos e baixos já que não contem grandes acontecimentos. A narrativa é constante e um pouco cansativa pois o personagem deriva vários outros assuntos a partir de um acontecimento e ambos acabam não tendo nenhuma influência ou importância nos fatos relatados.
Vale a pena ler para conhecer os dilemas adolescentes do famoso personagem Holden Caulfield e por conhecer a escrita tão peculiar considerada um clássico da literatura e que ganhou destaque em seu lançamento em 1951.

Quer ouvir um fato esquisito? O assassino de Jonh Lennon, Mark Chapman estava lendo o Apanhador no Campo de Centeio no momento que foi preso. Lennon tinha autografado o livro momentos antes de ser baleado pelo seu fã. CREDO!

RATING: [rating=3]

The Catcher in the Rye from the american writer J.D. Salinger is a modern classic even after

almost six decades after being published and it’s one of the most selled in american history.
At age sixteen Holden Caulfield was expelled from school e decides to go back to his parents

house in New York. He was released three days before school holidays begin and decided to

stay in hotels, bars and at Central Park before going to his parents and getting the ranting.
The book is told in first person e surrounds the reveries and discoveries of a teenager on

1940’s.
Holden Caulfield is a rebeld teenager, hero and vilan at the same time who looks to find

himself and ends up discovering a world full of selfish and fake people. During the time we

spend with Caulfield we notice his dark humor, his capacity of criticizing every single thing

and his tendency to lie as often as he can.
The only opinion the caracter knows for sure is his love for his younger sister (Phoebe) that

shows to be a strong and decisive caracter in the story. The reveries lived by Caulfield show

clearly the indecisiviness and pressure teenagers have to
deal with.
The questionings of life brought by Holden are simple but hide the search for deeper answers

and more complex matters. It is the famous teenager’s identity crisis I’d say.
The book does not have ups and downs since it contains no major events. The narrative is

steady and a bit tiring because the character derives various other matters to an event he’s

describing and both end up having no influence or importance in the story.
It’s worth reading to understand the dilemmas of the famous teenager character Holden

Caulfield and meet the peculiar writing style considered a classic and was highlighted at its

launch in 1951.

Want to hear something weird? The killer of John Lennon, Mark Chapman was reading The Catcher

in the Rye in the time he was arrested. Lennon had autographed the book moments before being

shot by the fan. WEIRD!

Gosto de cartões postais, livros e tenho um amor infinito por animais. Pretendo conhecer toda a Europa em breve e, às vezes, gosto de me aventurar na cozinha.

10 Comments

  • phNo Gravatar

    I’ve heard some friends talking about this book and it made me want to read it. Now I’ll definetely read it, it’s already been added to my book wishlist! :D
    :*

    • LelyNo Gravatar

      I read this book out of sheer curiosity cause I always heard someone talking about it. The book is not long at all and it’s very light reading :)

  • MarieNo Gravatar

    I read Catcher in the Rye for school a couple of years ago, and I enjoyed it, although not as much as some people do. It’s got quite a cult following. I actually prefer another one of Salinger’s novels, Franny and Zooey. If you enjoyed his writing style, you should give that a read.
    .-= Marie´s last blog ..If I were… =-.

  • Eric SciverNo Gravatar

    Ya, that is really weird about Lennon’s killer. I looked up if there were any other interesting facts about this book and Shmoop had a lot. Like I knew that ‘Catcher in the Rye‘ is not so popular but it’s just weird when a book is one of the most taught and most banned books! I really liked how Salinger took the title of a poem about casual sex and misquoted it to symbolize the protection of innocence and purity of children who the Catcher catches. This book is a classic, thought-provoking and a must read for anyone with a high-school education.

    • LelyNo Gravatar

      I noticed it’s no so popular cause everyone wants to read but no one’s actually read it!

      I read somewhere that when you read this book when you’re still a teenager you tend to like it a lot more! And I agree every should this work!

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