Title and Author: Catcher in the Rye By: J.D. Salinger Publication date: 1951 Genre: Fiction Writing Style: Stream of conscious, colloquial language. P.O.V: First Person Setting: Flash Back Plot: Catcher in the Rye begins at the top of a hill overlooking a football game. He then goes visits an old teacher who yells at him for having failed four out of five of his classes and for receiving a notice that he is being expelled, but he is not scheduled to return home to Manhattan until Wednesday. Back in the dormitory, Holden is irritated by his neighbor, Ackley , and by his own roommate, Stradlater . Stradlater spends the evening on a date with Jane Gallagher , a girl whom Holden used to date and who he is still in love with. When Stradlater returns, Holden questions him insistently about whether he tried “give her the time.” They get into a fight and Holden loses badly. Holden decides that he has had enough of Pencey and will go to New York early, stay in a hotel, and not tell his parents that he is back. On the train to New York, Holden meets the mother of one of his fellow classmates. Though he thinks this student is a complete “bastard,” he tells the woman lies about how shy her son is. When he arrives in New York he goes into a phone booth and considers calling random people, but for various reasons he decides against it. He gets in a cab and asks the cab driver where the ducks in Central Park go when the lagoon freezes, but his question annoys the driver. Holden has the cab take him to a Hotel. From his room Holden can see into the rooms of some of the guests in the opposite wing. This is a really funny part of the book when Holden is describing a man putting on silk stockings, a bra, high heels, and an evening gown. He also sees a man and a woman in another room taking turns spitting their drinks into each other’s faces and laughing hysterically. After smoking a couple of cigarettes Holden goes downstairs and sits at a table, but the waiter realizes he’s a minor and refuses to serve him. He tries to flirt with three women in their thirties. Nevertheless, Holden dances with them and feels that he is “half in love” with the blond one after seeing how well she dances. After making jokes about his age, they leave, letting him pay their entire crumbly tab. As Holden goes out to the lobby,
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