The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger

15 02 2010

salingercatcher I listened to The Catcher in The Rye as an audio book read by Ray Hagen.  The setup of the book was great and the reading was more like acting than plain reading and I enjoyed it very much.

The story it self is about Holden Cowfield, a sixteen year old native New Yorker, that had just been sacked from his third prep school.  Instead of going straight home he wonders around New York city for three days.  Holden is the narrator in the story and we get to know his thoughts and reactions to the people he meets.  We get to learn that Holden is a very disgruntled young man that doesn’t seem to like anything at all.  I would guess that the story takes place in the fifties or even sooner.

I’m not familiar with the standing of The Catcher in the Rye in American literature, at least I have heard it quoted or referred to numerous times and that is the reason I decided to give it a try.

Even though it is interesting to look at the life of a teenager at that time I never got invested in the story.  How often I fell asleep right after hitting that play button paints an accurate picture of how interested I was.  The problem for me was that I never got invested in Holden’s life, I didn’t really care how things turned out for him.  Even though the book is well written and the use of language is quite entertaining the story just wasn’t strong enough for me.  It would be interesting to hear from someone that has really enjoyed the story, what angles am I missing?  Is this book perhaps read in American schools?  I’m all ears!