Catcher In The Rye, The


  11 Reviews

A sixteen-year-old boy's values, thoughts and feelings portrayed with understanding. [Small font]

Comments from Groups

We enjoyed the book very much. Fascinated by the validity of a book written 60+ years ago. Discussion lively, much about whether or not teenagers could be like Holden Caulfield. Nelson 007

We all enjoyed this book, many for the second time, and those people still found it entertaining and insightful. The author captured the world of the disenchanted teenager so well. Ngongataha 001

Good to read a modern classic. Gore 007

The group appreciated the authenticity. Holden's character was convincing, his awareness of the 'phoniness of society' and situations, and on the other hand his judgements with a tolerance expressed of 'how things are'. A well rounded discussion and lively. Picton 002

Some didn't like the book at all until after the discussion, where they gained a better understanding of the time it was written and a deeper understanding of the character of Holden. Gisborne 011

Everyone enjoyed reading this book. No wonder, it's still speaking of adolescents in today's world. Havelock North 005

Mixed reviews. Wasn't what we were expecting but can see why it is so popular. Was a case of 'waiting for something to happen'. Whangarei 016

Some found it funny, some found it sad. Thought that it could easily have been written today. Easy to read and we all generally enjoyed it. Rakaia 002



AUCK 440
An enjoyable read with some genuinely funny parts. Although a very different vernacular from today's teens, still with relevant themes (frustrated/annoyed at society). Surprising insights to 1940s New York - for a young teenager to, relatively safely, wander about at night and not see many people! (Central Park)
We didn't 'like' it, but we're glad we read it!
AKAR 002
This prompted excellent discussion, as some thought it absolute rubbish while others thought it was exceptional. Wide and meaningful discussion. Relevant to today's youth.
THAM 004
Few "enjoyed" it, but it prompted more discussion about teens, mental health and practical "help" than any other book this year.
WELL 016
One or two of us loved this book - appreciated the characterisation and language. Others did not feel much sympathy for Holden Caulfield so were ambivalent.
Reactions to this book varied wildly from enjoyment to real dislike. Are teen-agers still like that
This book was enjoyed by everyone who persevered to the end - one didn't! It is a slight novel, written in the 'stream of consciousness style", and in the vernacular of the day. This took some members a while to accommodate, but all of us felt the read was worthwhile. The detailed description of the characters was noteworthy, and we were all pleased we had read this classic of American literature, some of us for the second time, with the advantage of additional maturity plus life experience. Would recommend to serious students of literature.
WELL 215
A witty story. Writing style quite unusual. A classic book yet still felt relevant today!
CHCH 143
Great to re-read an old classic.
Only 3 out of our 12 members managed to read entire book. Very mixed reaction and after our discussion we scored it from a 1 to a 3. Definitely our least favourite book of the year.
WELL 022
This sparked a lively debate, reflected in the scoring which ranged from 1-4.5.