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)