Few novels have affected readers (especially young people) like J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. With this new guide, you will have an even greater understanding of the book. Included in this guide: a biography of author J.D. Salinger, a look at the book's context, its literary elements, detailed chapter summaries, analysis, and suggestions for essays. This is the definitive guide to The Catcher in the Rye, concise, easy to understand, and guaranteed to add to your enjoyment of this classic story.
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I was disappointed by this book. I am 66 years old and I read the book in school. I loved it then and still do. I see Holden as a bright kid with learning differences who also is suffering from the family tragedy of his brother's death. Who wouldn't be depressed and unable to concentrate on subjects that aren't easy? His father is a lawyer and one can imagine that Holden's strength in English is inherited. His observations are those of a sensitive person in a world that isn't prepared for him. He struggles but believes that he should be macho for his audience.
The author of this survey doesn't like Holden. He sees him as an unreliable narrator. I find this to be superficial, exactly the attitude that Salinger was railing against.
This book will serve as crib notes notes for a "C" student. But if you want an "A" go listen to Salinger tell the story, and learn to love The Catcher in the Rye" whose heart, I believe is in the right place.
I really enjoyed the essay and questions at the end. Chapter 31-33. I recommend that you read the book and then listen to this audiobook.
I had already read the novel and was looking for a more in-depth discussion. The Q & A at the end is very superficial-answers too short and lacking supporting evidence from the text. For example on the role of his parents/their involvement? Where is the evidence that they were aware of his struggle? They shipped him off to one private school after another...(maybe they couldn't cope with the loss of Allie either- at least it deserves a mention)...
This book is a snapshot of a key week in the life of a teenager. There are lots of discussion points and there is a lot of evidence from 'the horse's mouth' to be explored. Disappointingly, that does not happen in this "reader's guide".
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