The Catcher in the Rye: Holden Caulfield's expulsion from yet another school leads to some precarious adventures for the sixteen year old as he wastes time in New York City before going home to his parents

by Jerome David Salinger
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The story is told by Holden Caulfield, a sixteen-year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of school just before Christmas. Throughout, Holden dissects the 'phony' aspects of society, and the 'phonies' themselves: the headmaster whose affability depends on the wealth of the parents, his roommate who scores with girls using sickly-sweet affection. Lazy in style, full of slang and swear words, it's a novel whose interest and appeal comes from its observations rather than its plot intrigues. Salinger's style creates an effect of conversation, it is as though Holden is speaking to you personally, as though you too have seen through the pretences of the American Dream and are growing up unable to see the point of living in, or contributing to, the society around you. Written with the clarity of a boy leaving childhood, it deals with society, love, loss, and expectations without ever falling into the clutch of a cliche.

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Ich konnte mit dem Fänger im Roggen nie richtig was anfangen. Seit ich 12 bin, hab ich ihm alle paar Jahre mal eine Chance gegeben und konnte es nichtmal ganz lesen. Spätestens bei der Kakao-Szene zu Beginn war jedesmal Schluss.

0 Responses posted in January 2015


Man sollte Bücher übers Erwachsenwerden wohl nicht zu spät lesen. Ich konnte mit den Gefühlen und Gedanken von Holden jedenfalls nicht mehr sehr viel anfangen. Und auch der Schreibstil kann durchaus etwas anstrengen.

0 Responses posted in October 2013


(nur auf englisch)

0 Responses posted in August 2013
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