By Tola Makanjuola, circa 2017
The ‘Catcher in the Rye‘ is considered to be one of the ‘three prefect books’ of American literature, along with ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ and ‘The Great Gatsby‘. It is also listed as one of the best books of the 20th century.
The book’s protagonist, Holden Caulfield, has become an icon of the rebellious spirit of a teenager, the primary theme of the book. The themes include angst, struggles with innocence and identity.
Part of the book’s appeal is its use of language, which captured at the time, and still does, the colloquialism of teenage speech. Holden Caulfield’s sarcasm, humour and search for identity add to the timeless nature of The Catcher in the Rye.
Written by J.D. Salinger in 1951, Catcher in the Rye was originally published for the adult demographic, but has become popular across all age groups. It has been translated into almost all of the world’s languages with over 65 million copies sold.