The Catcher in the Rye

by J.D. Salinger | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0316769487 Global Overview for this book
Registered by emmagoldmanzine of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on 8/10/2006
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11 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by emmagoldmanzine from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on Thursday, August 10, 2006
This is my all-time favorite book. I want to visit Holden at the mental hospital and hang out with him for the weekend. I love that he hates phonies, wipes "fuck you" off the wall and is pretty much an all-around, obnoxious pain in the ass.

This is a book I think you either love or hate and I think it is a work of literary genius.

We went though our books and we have a number of copies, so I think I will try to do a bookray with this one.

Bookray rules:
1) Please journal when you receive the book.
2) Try and pass the book along within 30 days
3) PM the next bookcrosser in line for her/his addy before you finish reading so the book can be sent as soon as you're done
4) If you are next in line and will not be able to finish the book in 30 days, let me know and we can most likely change the order of the ray
5) Journal when you send the book
6) Don't take Holden too seriously!!!

Bookray participants so far (PM if you want to be added):

bibliocrates (Alabama, US)
mskdm20 (Texas, US)
collectorkerri (Illinois, US)
laurarn (Oklahoma, US) INT
teuffi (UK)
fuzzywuzzy (NZ)


Thanks for everyone who participated. I hope this book continues to travel and get into the hands of those who want to read about Holden and his weekend in NYC.

Journal Entry 2 by Bibliocrates from Fort Collins, Colorado USA on Saturday, August 19, 2006
The book arrived safely today! I have one bookring book to read ahead of this one, but I should get to this one soon. I've wanted to read this book for a long time.

Journal Entry 3 by Bibliocrates from Fort Collins, Colorado USA on Sunday, October 1, 2006
I finally got to read this book, hooray! I am so sorry for the hold up everyone. I usually don't take this long to get to a book and pass it along, I promise! My schooling this semester has been hectic! Anyway, I've finished reading it. I wasn't sure what to expect when I started it. I was not at all impressed. I kept waiting for something major to happen to Holden, for a story, but I realized toward the end that nothing really was going to happen, no story here! It was very memoir-like in that respect, almost pointless. At times I was a bit annoyed with the narrative, perhaps due to its adolescent voice. This book was only mildly entertaining. I may have appreciated this book more if I had read it back in high school. I'm glad I finally read it, but I can't say that I'd recommend it! Thanks for sharing this book emmagoldmanzine. I'm glad I finally got the chance to read this 20th-century classic. Again, I'm so sorry for holding up this Bookray. I will pass it along to mskdm20 shortly. It's already packaged and ready to go.

Journal Entry 4 by Bibliocrates from Fort Collins, Colorado USA on Thursday, October 5, 2006
I shipped this book to mskdm20 today to continue the Bookray.
4.10 oz.
Delivery Confirmation Number: 03052710000105243735

Delivered at 8:57 am on October 10, 2006 in Van Alstyne, TX 75495

Journal Entry 5 by mskdm20 from Van Alstyne, Texas USA on Wednesday, December 20, 2006
I received this book awhile ago. Thanks for reminding me.

Journal Entry 6 by mskdm20 at -- By Hand or Post, Ray/ring, Rabck in Melrose Park, Illinois USA on Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Released 14 yrs ago (2/20/2007 UTC) at -- By Hand or Post, Ray/ring, Rabck in Melrose Park, Illinois USA



Sending to Kerri, sorry it took so long.

Journal Entry 7 by wingcollectorkerriwing from Springfield, Illinois USA on Friday, February 23, 2007
Received today. Will read ASAP.

Journal Entry 8 by wingcollectorkerriwing from Springfield, Illinois USA on Monday, March 19, 2007
Like Bibliocrates, I kept waiting for something to happen, but realized the point of the book is Holden's just hanging out and wishing something exciting would happen to him and that he would find a purpose for his life. I felt rather ambivalent about the book; I guess maybe I would have liked it a little better if I had read it in high school.

On its way to laurarn today.

Journal Entry 9 by amoenus from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma USA on Monday, March 26, 2007
Recieved in the mail today, I have one book to finish then I will begin this one.

Journal Entry 10 by amoenus from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma USA on Friday, May 4, 2007
I tried to read this book in high school and couldn't get through it. When I read it now, I understand why. I got through it, after I was able to just see it as watching a teenage boy's wandering thoughts. It is a worthy read with themes of human isolation and how one deals (or doesn't) with it. I am PM'ing next in line and will mail it when I get address.

Journal Entry 11 by amoenus from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma USA on Wednesday, May 9, 2007
I have contacted monamiller and careergirl, neither have resonded after several attempts. I am moving to next on list,trying to keep the book moving!

Journal Entry 12 by amoenus from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma USA on Saturday, May 12, 2007
Mailed to Teuffi via air today.

Journal Entry 13 by teuffi from Great Bookham, Surrey United Kingdom on Saturday, May 19, 2007
Received the book today. I have to finish a book before getting to this one but am looking forward to reading it!

Thanks a lot to emmagoldmanzine for sharing and to amoenus for passing this book on!

Journal Entry 14 by teuffi from Great Bookham, Surrey United Kingdom on Friday, July 6, 2007
First, apologies for finishing this book so late, I actually got hold up with a book before this one.

Despite the fact that this book is a classic, I had no idea about what to expect and I was quite surprised at the style of/and the story. I did find it quite interesting though. Wish I had read it when I was younger! :o)

Will send it as soon as I have confirmed booberst's address.

Thanks for sharing this book!

Journal Entry 15 by teuffi from Great Bookham, Surrey United Kingdom on Sunday, July 22, 2007
Sent the book to fuzzywuzzy on Friday as I did not hear back from booberst.

Thanks again to emmagoldmanzine!

Journal Entry 16 by Fuzzywuzzy on Friday, August 3, 2007
I received this book from Teuffi this week. It''s one of those books that you keep putting off but know in your heart of hearts that you must read it at some point. I was reading John Krakauer''s Lost in the Wild and there are several references to The Catcher in the Rye. Jack London''s books also featured prominently particularly Call of the Wild which I read earlier this year. I guess you could say that I''m moved by existential experiences, something I first recognised in The French Lieutenant''s Woman by John Fowles. Thanks Teuffi for the lovely card inside! Many thanks Emma, for giving me an opportunity to read this renowned novel. Your kindness is much appreciated and I will endeavour to read it as soon as possible. F.

Journal Entry 17 by Fuzzywuzzy on Friday, August 24, 2007
A tale of tales documenting existential angst and deliquency. For me the story centres around relationships. They reflect the sense of rejection that appears in Holden's life, something we pick up in the opening line of the story.
It's noticeable that Holden seems to value the companionship of girls that appear in the story. There are several encounters along the way but he's not interested in pursuing them for sex. Perhaps these reflect the relationship between his mother? The only character in the novel he really seems to admire is his younger sister, Phoebe.
But at the end of the novel Holden reveals to us:
"All I know is, I sort of miss everybody I told about."
I can't help thinking this book is about journeys that we all go on. The places, the people. They all play a part in shaping us. Holden's journey reflects his dislike of the conventional, the social rules that we are expected to conform too. A novel of disaffection that finds it hard to find its place.
As I've mentioned on a previous entry, Holden's story reminds me of what happened to Chris MaCandle in John Krakauer's book "Into the Wild." In fact, excerts from The Catcher In the Rye often appear in MaCandle's journal. It would be worth your while in exploring this book and comparing the story of these two young men.
Thanks to EmmaGoldmanzine for giving me the opportunity to read one of life's great classics.

Journal Entry 18 by Fuzzywuzzy on Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Sent to Taniazed on October 2nd 2007.

Journal Entry 19 by taniazed on Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Just received this one today! Will get it read and as it's the last stop, will see if there are any other people who want to read this one!


meexia (Singapore) *BOOK IS HERE*
Wandering-B (Hong Kong, China) Intl
nicole4 (Illinois, USA) US pref.

Journal Entry 20 by taniazed on Monday, November 5, 2007
Sent this today (7 Nov). Will write my thoughts when I have some more time...

Journal Entry 21 by meexia from City of London, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Got this book in the mail on Monday. Thanks taniazed! I may only be able to finish the book some time after the New Year, because Christmas is a really busy time for me. Hope people don't mind, since the ray list is not that long :)

Journal Entry 22 by meexia from City of London, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, November 26, 2007
Finished this book much quicker than I thought, so I will pass it soon to Hong Kong! :)

I found it interesting that the book only covered 2 days of Holden time. Felt like a lot of time had passed for him. I was surprised too that I finished the book in about 10 days (and it wasn't even continuous reading). It felt like a long time has passed since I started it.

My full review here.

Journal Entry 23 by meexia from City of London, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Sent the book to Wandering-B today. Took me a while, because initially I thought of passing the book in person to her, since I'm going to Hong Kong in Christmas. But she won't be around that time. So I just sent it today. Happy travel little book! :)

Journal Entry 24 by wandering-B from Tai Po, Tai Po Hong Kong on Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Just received this one. Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for passing it along emmagoldmanzine.

Journal Entry 25 by wandering-B from Tai Po, Tai Po Hong Kong on Friday, January 25, 2008
Great book about relationships. I enjoyed the way the author keep releaving little bits of insight into Holden's character as the book progressed - perhaps why he is thinking like he is at the time.

It's ready to move along to nichole4 on Monday. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 26 by nicole4 from Chicago, Illinois USA on Tuesday, February 12, 2008
I have one book ahead of this, but will get to it soon! Thanks!

Journal Entry 27 by nicole4 from Chicago, Illinois USA on Friday, April 18, 2008
An absolutely entertaining book to read! You just can't wait to see what's gonna get Holden riled up next! I recently read To Kill A Mockingbird and could not get over how great it was and, especially, how much I did not appreciate it when I read it back in high school. This has me on a mission to read all those "English Class Required" novels again now that I can really read them. This was one of those and it did not disappoint me! I will continue this on its way soon! Thanks!

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