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Enter Holden, 13. Mai 2000
The Catcher in the Rye is undoubtedly one of the best books that I have ever read, and just in case if you are wondering, yes I am a teenager. It seems to me that the only audience that truly appreciates this magnificent piece is the high school kid. My reasoning behind this is because the story is basically an account of a teenage guy's eventful and emotional life - rather four days of it. The content of these four days in New York more than makes up for rather short time span of the novel. Holden Vitamin Caulfield, as he likes to call himself, is constantly being bombarded with psycological pressures. His overwhelming concern revolves around the existence of "phonies" as he so calls them, who limit the ideas of the adolescent and try to get in the way of Holden's voyage to another realm, free of corruption and media. Holden searches for a world devoid of the limits of his adolescent years. Holden never really does encounter any physical dangers in his journey to find himself, instead he feels threatened by the majority and contemporary mass cluture, which promote the loss of individuality, ancient accepted values, and intellectual awareness. A plot summary of The Catcher is a very tedious task indeed. The strucure of it could be associated with a patient's recollection of past events to psychiatrist. Even so, the actual plot is not the most important thing about this book. What is important are the characters and their philosophies. Many adults may criticize Holden and his rough language, but us teenagers wolud just flock to Holden if he were an actual person. Holden also carries with him his trusty red hunting hat, a symbol of his protection and sense of self. Holden also makes several remarks about the ducks on the lagoon of Central Park South. He wonders where they go when winter comes along. One can think of this as a VERY extended metaphor comparing Holden himself looking for a new place to settle to the ducks of Central Park. My recommendation is that if you are a teenager who has a touch on reality and would just love to hear other accounts and insights on life from a similar perspective, then this book is a MUST for you! If you are a little older perhaps and you think that all this is nonsense, then this novel is even more of a MUST for you. It is a must for anybody! Still, I honestlythink that my fellow teenagers will get more of a kick out of this book. Even my very own English teacher remarked that Catcher made more of an impact the first time she read it, of course when she was a female Holden, herself, a normal teenager just looking for complete ecstacy, including love, friends, and true family. Salinger also presents Holden's tale through very delicate symbols, including his hat, the rain, and even suitcases. Its better and more fulfilling for you to see these for yourself. Also, be prepared for constant exaggeration, complete oxymorons, and swearing because after all, this is a true representation of the maturing youth. If one is so superficial to simply not read this because of the choice of words, then i pity him, for he has completely missed the point that Salinger was trying to make, and he has missed out on truly one of the best books ever to be written.