The Catcher in The Rye by Jerome D. Salinger (PDF) Free Download
The Catcher in The Rye PDF Free Download : American author J. D. Salinger‘s The Catcher in the Rye pdf was first serialised from 1945 to 1946 and then published as a book in 1951.
Although it was written with adults in mind, teenagers frequently read it because of its themes of angst and alienation as well as its condemnation of society’s superficiality.
The novel also addresses complex subjects including melancholy and sex as well as innocence, identity, belonging, loss, and connection.
Holden Caulfield, the primary character, has emerged as a symbol of adolescent disobedience.
Caulfield, who is almost middle-aged, offers his opinion on almost anything while recounting recent happenings in his life.
There are numerous translations of The Catcher. Over 65 million books have been sold overall, with annual sales of about 1 million copies.
The book was selected one of the top 100 English-language novels of the 20th century by Modern Library and its readers, and it appeared in Time’s 2005 list of the 100 best books published in English since 1923.
It was ranked 15th in the BBC survey “The Big Read” in 2003.
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Holden, the narrator and protagonist, recounts his activities before the previous Christmas from what is ostensibly a sanatorium.
Holden is at Pencey Prep School when the story opens, making his way to Spencer, his history teacherhome ,’s so he can say goodbye.
He informs the reader that he was expelled as a result of failing the majority of his classes.
Following his visit to Spencer, Holden runs into Ward Stradlater, his roommate, who asks him to write an essay for English class while he goes on a date with a longstanding Holden acquaintance.
Holden writes about his younger brother Allie’s baseball glove after they had agreed to this. Allie passed away from leukaemia.
Holden gets upset when Stradlater refuses to admit whether he had sex with his date after telling him the essay isn’t excellent when he returns.
Holden storms out as a result and departs Pencey for New York City for Christmas break a few days sooner than expected.
He is unable to return home after he gets to New York since his parents are still unaware that he has been expelled.
He decides to stay at the Edmont Hotel instead, where he sees some sexually explicit situations through the windows of other rooms.
He then seeks out social connection at the hotel’s nightclub, the Lavender Room, as a result of his loneliness.
He visits another nightclub after speaking with a few women there, but leaves after spotting his older brother’s ex-girlfriend.
When he returns to the hotel, he asks a prostitute to come to his room so they can discuss.
He gets punched in the stomach as a result of this incident.
Holden phones his ex-girlfriend Sally Hayes the following morning.
After spending the day together, Holden makes a nasty comment, and she breaks down and walks away.
Later, Holden meets up with Carl Luce, a former classmate, at a bar, but Luce departs early after becoming irritated with Holden’s crude remarks.
Holden stays behind and consumes alcohol on his own.
He lingers around Central Park after he departs until the cold forces him to go back to his family’s apartment.
Still hesitant to confront his parents, he sneaks in and discovers Phoebe, his sister who is 10 years old.
When she learns that Holden has failed, she is angry and accuses him of being uninterested in anything.
At this point, Holden tells his sister about his ambition of being “the catcher in the rye pdf” which was sparked by the song “If a body catch a body comin’ through the rye” that he overheard a young child singing.
According to Phoebe, the quotation is from a Robert Burns poem called “If a Body Meet a Body Coming Through the Rye.”
(There are various versions of Burns’ poem “Comin thro’ the Rye,” but the majority have the lines “Gin a body meet a body / Comin thro’ the rye.”)
Holden sneaks away as they hear their parents returning from a night out.
Holden makes contact with Mr. Antolini, his former English instructor, who invites Holden to stay at his flat.
On Antolini’s couch, Holden nods out and wakes up to see Antolini stroking his forehead, which he takes as a sexual urge.
He leaves right away and spends the remainder of the evening at Grand Central Station.
When he wakes up, he goes to Phoebe’s school and drops off a note asking her to meet him at a museum at lunch, informing her of his plans to flee.
She insists on going with him and shows there with a bag packed.
Instead of telling her yes, he offers to take her to the zoo, where he would watch her ride the carousel as it pours rain. This marks the conclusion of the flashback.
Holde Holden explains that he has “fallen unwell,” but that he expects to attend a different school in the fall as the book comes to a close.