Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Catcher in the Rye

Lots of people have told me that Catcher in the Rye is a 20th century classic and a good read. Though I always wanted to read the book, the language was a little '20th century-ish' and I ended up postponing for another time. But, now that EveningHour Book Club's month-of-the-book is 'Catcher in the Rye', I picked it up again.

The story is about a teenager who had been ousted from school, his life-style at the hostel, friends, girl-friends, the measures he takes to hide it from the parents and a whole lot more - all in his own words. He was ousted from the school because of the marks in the exams, and because of the altercation with the roommate in the hostel, he vacated it immediately. What he does from then on until he reaches home is the major part of the novel.


The novel's protagonist and antihero, Holden Caulfield, became an icon for teenage rebellion. A very controversial book, banned from schools and libraries for the bad influence on the children. 


Many books have taken 'inspiration' from this Catcher in the Rye. Surprisingly, the book has never been made into a movie!

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