This book is about a few days in the life of Holden Caulfield, At the
beginning of the book Holden is expelled from his private school,
'Pency'. This is just one of many schools he has been expelled from.
Holden decides that, as the school term is about to break up, he would
go to New York City for a few days until he is expected home. So off
he sets one night wearing his hunting hat that Holden loves because it
represents independence from others. He jumps on a train and goes to
the big city.
Holden Caulfield is the main character in this novel; he is a typical
adolescent boy. Holden is much more than a troubled teen going through
"a phase". Holden is a very special boy with special needs. He doesn't
understand and doesn't wish to understand the world around him. In
fact most of the book details his guilty admissions of all the
knowledge he knows but wishes he didn't. Though his innocence
regarding issues of school, money, and sexuality has already been
lost, he still hopes to protect others from knowing about these adult
Holden, unlike the usual fictional teenager, doesn't express normal
rebellion. He distrusts his teachers and parents not because he wants
to separate himself from them, but because he can't understand them.
In fact there is little in the world that he does understand. The only
people he trusts and respects are Allie, his deceased brother, and
Phoebe, his younger sister. Everyone else is a phony of some sort.
Holden uses the word phony to identify everything in the world, which
he rejects. He rejects his roommate Stradlater because Stradlater
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...this he's a phony; Holden admires him in a way but
not nearly as much as he admires Allie.
There are other characters in this novel such as Ackley, Stradlater,
Sally Hayes, Jane Galangher and James castle; they all have an effect
I loved this book, I thought it was extremely interesting and found it
hard to put down. I had lots of empathy for Holden, and found him an
peculiar character. I was fascinated by they way he approached the
world. I find the idea of 'Phonies' intriguing; I can understand
exactly what Holden means. I think all readers of the book have
something they can relate to Holden.
Reading this book you will feel sorrow, frustration, happiness, and
humor. This may be a life changing read for anyone, who picks up the
book, it may, just may change your approach to life. It changed mine.
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