The Catcher in the Rye

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The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it. There are many voices in this... more

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Bill Gates CEO/MicrosoftOne of my favorite books ever. (Source)

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Woody Allen Film DirectorIt was such a relief from the other books I was reading at the time, which all had a quality of homework to them. (Source)

Santiago Basulto There are many more that I should name, and they all meant something special. The catcher in the Rye, Mark Twain’s classics, Sherlock Holmes, etc. I read a lot and I usually associate books with personal events and that particular time in my life, so they have an important meaning. (Source)

Cory Zue Likewise on the non-business side, I feel that what books will resonate with you is so dependent on where you are in life that it’s impossible to declare a favorite. In high school my favorite book was probably Ender’s Game or Catcher in the Rye, in college I went through an Ayn Rand phase and might have said the Fountainhead. (Source)

Audrey Russo So many novels; Lord of the Flies, Great Gatsby, Great Expectations; all the Nancy Drew books; Catcher in the Rye, Books written by Zora Neale Hurston; Pat Conroy – all because of the view about different people who endure despite adversity while kindling the hearts of the human spirit. (Source)

Jessica Lauria It explores great characters during a special time in New York history. I love walking around New York and thinking about how it has evolved and changed over the decades, yet so much of its authenticity remains. (Source)

Rae Earl With Holden I discovered that there were other people that felt the way I did (Source)

Chigozie Obioma He sees everybody as phony because they take life too seriously. (Source)

Jay McInerney Salinger almost invented the concept of teenage angst – his was the first voice of the youthquake that transformed our society in the 50s, 60s and 70s. (Source)

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