The Catcher in the Rye

[The Catcher in the Rye]
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Type: Literature
Nothing inappropriate.
Some morally inappropriate content.
Contains significant sections contrary to faith or morals.
Contains some lurid passages, or presents a general ideological framework that could confuse those without much Christian formation.
Contains several lurid passages, or presents an ideological framework that is contrary or foreign to Christian values.
Explicitly contradicts Catholic faith or morals, or is directed against the Church and its institutions.
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One of the greatest American novels of all time, The Catcher in the Rye is a classic coming-of-age story: an elegy to teenage alienation, capturing the deeply human need for connection and the bewildering sense of loss as we leave childhood behind.

Holden Caulfield is a rebellious American adolescent who runs away from boarding school in New York. It is a first-person narrative of his experiences kicking against the world and its phoney ways. He is a mixed-up kid trying to break away for the social mores of the time and get far away from his home life. It is the tragic story of mental anguish of a wasted life in a corrupt society.

J. D. Salinger wrote the cult book of the Fifties in the USA. It was a new way of writing that was rebellious, witty and a rejection of the system. It is full of cynicism, sleaze and bad language. It paints a grim picture of an existence without hope, full of low moral content.

C.C. (U.K., 2017)