The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye is an unforgettable novel. It’s a very simple story of a boy trapped in an existential void. Much has been said about The Catcher in the Rye. The images Salinger evokes are vivid and familiar. The simple narrative is engaging. Caulfield is too human and relatable. It’s unclear if the book is optimistic or not. Are we led to believe the void is just a phase? Does it all go away with adulthood? Or does the void remain and we learn to fill it with a different kind of emptiness? The answer may be personal. I believe this book would resonate differently to everyone and that’s what makes it great.