Thrown out by his fourth school, Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of The Catcher in the Rye is a lazy, reclusive boy. The profanities used in the book best express his frustrated state of mind and from the way his parents live to his fake teachers to his roommate who scores with girls using sickly-sweet affection, no one is spared from it. After being fed up of the ‘phoniness’ of adulthood, Holden as a revolt heads to New York City. The book describes his encounters with flirtatious middle-aged women, prostitutes, nuns, wayward taxi drivers, alcohol and drugs. Holden’s journey of self-discovery turns to a life full of debauchery but his sister Phoebe helps him recover from it. He narrates all these events to the readers as a flashback. The teenage dilemma about the way life works, feelings of alienation and the struggle against the artificial world, everything is described meticulously in The Catcher in the Rye. The blunt, offensive language add more to the strong emotions of the protagonist.
About the Author
Jerome David Salinger or J.D. Salinger was a New Yorker who started writing at a very young age, when he was in secondary school. He led a reclusive life for most of his years. The Catcher in the Rye was Salinger’s first published novel and was inspired from his own life as a youngster. His other works include Nine Stories, Franny and Zooey and Go See Eddie. Salinger was also into Zen Buddhism and Vedantic Yoga. He breathed his last in the year 2010.