Salinger, J.D.: The Catcher in the Rye

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BOOKREPORT BY SOPHIE HEITZENEDER, DECEMBER 99 CONTENTS: 1. SUMMARY 2. MAIN CHARACTER 3. PERSONAL OPINION BOOK REPORT: THE CATCHER IN THE RYE WRITTEN BY J.D. SALINGER Summary The story is about the youth life of Holden Caulfield, a 17 year old student at Pencey. But in this book there are only told two or three days after leaving Pencey. He was already kicked out of 2 schools before and this year he is again flunking 4 subjects. He is about leaving also this school and so he visits his old history teacher for telling him good-bye. Back at the dorm he talks to his room-mate Stradlater, who wants him to do a composition for English for him because he has a date with Jane Hallagher, an old friend of Holden. Holden finds the time to write the essay. He was told to write a description of something and so he described Allie s baseball mitt. Allie was his 2 years younger brother, who died on leukaemia some years ago. Holden was 13 when he died. It was a great shock for him; he broke the windows in the garage and he hurt his hand. Anyway, when Stradlater comes back home, he wasn t satisfied with the composition. They talk about the date and Holden asks him if they had sex, but Stradlater just says that it s a professional secret . Holden gets mad and they have a fight until he is defeated and gets unconscious. When he wakes up, he makes the decision to leave Pencey immediately. He goes to New York by train and there he meets the mother of a schoolmate Ernest Morrow. Holden poses as ...

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