O vixía no centeo

Novel by J.D. Salinger


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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Could not stand all the religion, ruined a good story for me

0 Responses posted in February


One of my favourite books of all time. The anger of the main character reflects that humans cannot be happy just by situation alone.

0 Responses posted in February


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


why does the book picture and description say "Prayer for Owen Meany" when the book title says "Catcher in the Rye"?

0 Responses posted in December


An interesting and important look inside the head of a teenage boy struggling with all the major questions in life - from the perspective of a person balancing a cocktail of sensitivity and.. hormones

0 Responses posted in November


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


(nur auf englisch)

0 Responses posted in August
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