Why You Should Read 'The Catcher In The Rye'

Why You Should Read 'The Catcher In The Rye'


Emprestado pela minha amiga Maria, The Catcher In The Rye foi o livro que andei a ler esta última semana. É um clássico americano e consigo perceber, perfeitamente, porquê. Conta, então, a história de Holden Caulfield, um adolescente de 17 anos que foi expulso da escola e que repudia todo o ambiente que o envolve. Foi publicado em 1951, mas continua a ser extremamente actual. É um símbolo da rebelião adolescente, mas toca também em temas como a inocência e a identidade, visto que Holden, que também é o narrador, deseja se manter verdadeiro e puro, um pouco como uma criança. Um aspecto que achei bastante interessante neste livro é toda a história se passar em apenas um fim-de-semana em que a personagem deambula pela cidade de Nova Iorque. Sem dúvida, um livro a adicionarem à vossa reading list.

Lent to me by my dear friend Maria, The Catcher In The Rye was the book I was reading this last week. It's an American classic, and I can totally understand why. It tells the story of Holden Caulfield, a 17-year-old teenage boy who got kicked out of school and hates the environment that surrounds him. It was published in 1951, but it's still very relevant nowadays. It's an icon for teenage rebellion, and deals with issues of innocence and identity, since Holden, who's also the storyteller, desires to remain true and pure to himself, almost like a child. Something that I really liked about this book, it's that the entire story covers just one weekend in which the main character walks through New York. Really loved this book, and you should definitely add it to your reading list.




"Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody's around - nobody big, I mean - except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff - I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I do all day. I'd just be the catcher in the rye. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be "