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The Book Catcher in the Rye is a novel written by J D Salinger based on a boy and what he goes through in just three days The book begins as Holden Caulfield tells what has happened to him previously Curiously he does not say were he is at the moment He is a teenager growing up in 1950s New York He is expelled from his prep school once again In an attempt to deal with this he leaves school a few days before the end of term and goes to New York to take a vacation before returning to his parents home The book is told as a monologue describing Holdens thoughts and activities over three days during which he describes a developing nervous breakdown encouraged by his immense depression impulsive spending and generally odd erratic behavior before his eventual nervous collapse At the beginning of the book Holden is passing his last few days at Pencey prep school in Agerstown Pennsylvania It is a Saturday and the school is playing the last football game of the season against Saxon hall Everybody was watching the game you were supposed to commit suicide or something if old Pencey didnt win Of course Holden was not at the game he was just walking around on his own He was seen as a loner just wandering around He had no real friends at Pencey he always found a way to criticize everyone For example his next room neighbor Ackley is a loner like Holden but Holden prefers to be on his own rather than spending time with him Holden did not think very highly about Ackley He was one of these very very tall round shouldered guys- he was about six four- with lousy teeth The hole time he roomed next to me I never once saw him brush his teeth They always looked mossy and awful and he dam near made you sick if
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