Book Review: The Catcher in the Rye - J.D.Salinger


If you're a youngster or crossed the age, then you might know that state of confusion we all go through atleast once in our life. The state of pointlessness, void, emptyness, meaninglessness, lost purpose... all are just ways to describe the same thing. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is the similar first person account of a 16-year old bi-polar teenage boy, Holden Caulfield who is going through the same phase of uncertainity in his life.

Every single emotion during his encounter with his roommates in hostel, teachers, fellow travellers, sister is presented in such a clear way without holding back any single thought, literally. This makes the book even more beautiful. Every single thought, dirty or innocent or wicked, has been written down. Doesn't matter how much we think that we need to be decent in the public, such thoughts do come to us once in a while. The cherry on the cake was the part where the author has given a true-touch of local dialect which was decently common in US during 50's.

As per the story, the kid is really bad in studies and is facing a threat of getting kicked out of school (again). After a fight with his roommate, he evades the hostel and goes rogue for 2 days in the city. His encounter with all kinds of people and his thoughts of being scared/happy/angry is too damn perfect.

The book is a perfect depiction of a complex teenage mind which is generally considered hard to understand even by the experts of the field. If you're traveling or want to read something beautiful and light, then this is something I'd highly recommend.

PS: I had this book for over an year now, but never picked it up. Not sure what triggered me last week to finally start reading it. Believe me when I say that "this is unlike anything I've ever read and no doubt that this is one of the best books I've ever read."


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