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Books I Would Recommend to My Children: #3

I have read “Catcher in the Rye” by JD Salinger twice. The first time I had wondered what all the fuss had been about; the second time, I knew.

This is a book which I would describe as achingly beautiful because of the voice of the narrator, Holden Caulfied.

I would also say it is about “phonies” in a superficial society, teenage angst, and looks at the world over a couple of December days in New York in the 1950s through the eyes of the 16 year old narrator in an easy to read, laconic style.

The title “Catcher in the Rye” is probably a metaphor for helping adolescents from ‘falling off a cliff’ as they enter adulthood and Holden Caulfield saw himself as a ‘catcher in the rye’ but accepted he could not save everyone and that each individual must “If they want to grab for the gold ring, you have to let them do it, and not say anything. If they fall off, they fall off”.

This book is incredibly easy to read due to its style of narration and is worth returning to again and again.

You can pick up a copy on Amazon here.

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