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the catcher in the rye

by Jerome David Salinger

Author: Jerome David Salinger

Literature & Fiction » Classics

Language: English

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The first-person narrative follows Holden Caulfield's experiences in New York City in the days following his expulsion from Pencey Prep, a fictional college preparatory school in the fictional city of Agerstown, Pennsylvania. Holden shares encounters he has had with students and faculty of Pencey, whom he criticizes as being superficial, or, as he would say, "phony". After being expelled from the school for poor grades, Holden packs up and leaves the school in the middle of the night after an altercation with his roommate. He takes a train to New York, but does not want to return to his family and instead checks into the dilapidated Edmont Hotel. There, he spends an evening dancing with three tourist girls and has a clumsy encounter with... Read more

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ISBN: 0764585916
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...room with the snowball, packing it harder. A little while later, I still had it with me when I and Brossnad and Ackley got on the bus. The bus driver opened the doors and made me throw it out. I told him I wasn't going to chuck it at anybody, but he wouldn't believe me. People never believe you. Brossard and Ackley both had seen the picture that was playing, so all we did, we just had a couple of hamburgers and played the pinball machine for a little while, then took the bus back to Pencey. I didn't care about not seeing the movie, anyway. It was supposed to be a comedy, with Cary Grant in it, and all that crap. Besides, I'd been to the movies with Brossard and Ackley before. They both laughed like hyenas at stuff that wasn't even funny. I didn't even enjoy sitting next to them in the movies. It was only about a quarter to nine when we got back to the dorm. Old Brossard was a bridge fiend, and he started looking around the dorm for a game. Old Ackley parked himself in my room, just for...

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All comments: 7


21 Feb 2012 14:15:38

to be honest I found this so boring, I didn't even want to bring myself to finish it!


09 Jan 2011 05:29:25

Best book of all time... The all life and decision of the book is the best


27 Nov 2010 06:28:52

A true classic, but not one I reread often.

15 Oct 2010 21:06:16

Very boring novel. Hard to stay awake reading... but the writing style is amazing, there was good symbolism and the characters come alive. I would not recommend this book to anyone and I will not be reading this again.


11 Oct 2010 17:31:26

One of the best books of all times.


26 Sep 2010 05:32:31

one of the best of all times. a wonderful story n characters that become a part of u

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before they had me,


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this Abraham Lincoln, sincere voice, and finally there'd be this terrific silence in the back of the car. It was really embarrassing. I don't think he gave that girl the time that night-but damn near. Damn near. While I was laying there trying not to think, I heard old Stradlater come back from the can and go in our room. You could hear him putting away his crumby toilet articles and all, and opening the window. He was a fresh-air fiend.


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I don't even know what I was running for-I guess I just felt like it.

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