Catcher in the Rye – Books Summary

Catcher in the Rye– Books Summary

From his space, Holden can see various variety of individuals. He sees the oddest things ever. Such as a man and a woman taking turns spitting drinks into each others faces and chuckling hysterically. He translates the couple’s behavior as a form of sexual play and is both upset and aroused by it. He then goes downstairs to the Lavender Space and sits at a table, however the waiter declined to serve him because he was a minor. Holden flirts and dances with 3 senior women who he just satisfied. Later on, Holden leaves the Edmont and takes a cab to Ernie’s jazz club in Greenwich Valley.

There he ran into Lillian Simmons and she invites him to sit with her and her date but he says he has to satisfy someone, leaves, and walks back to Edmont. Feeling lonely, the next day he calls Sally Hayes and they decided to satisfy at Radio City to ice skate. They both skate inadequately and decide to get a table instead. Holden describes to Sally why he is dissatisfied at school and urges her to run away with him to Massachusetts or Vermont and live in a cabin. Sally refuses to his request and Holden insults her. He made fun of her when she reacts madly.

She declines to listen to his apologies and leaves. Holden goes to the lagoon in Central Park which reminds him of his youth days. Then he slips into his own apartment building and wakes his sister Phoebe. He confessed that he was kicked out of school and he tried to explain why he dislikes school, but Phoebe tosses a fit and accuses him of not liking anything. Such as his fantasy of being “the catcher in the rye”, an individual who catches little children and they are about to fall off a cliff.

Later Holden calls his previous English instructor, Mr. Antolini, and welcomes him over to his home. There Mr. Antolini attempted to counsel Holden about his future which made him think of what he desired in life and what he wished to do about it. Holden meets Phoebe in the museum and Phoebe brings a travel suitcase full of clothes with her. Phoebe decided he wished to opt for Holden. Holden strolls to the zoo while Phoebe follows behind. He takes her across the park to a carousel. He purchases her a ticket and views her flight it. It starts to drizzle heavily, however Holden is so happy viewing his sister ride the carousel that he is close to tears.

Living his life without loved ones made him realized how lonesome he was. After meeting many different individuals in the city he is shown the crueler side of human beings. In the start of his journey, he had an optimistic view of his potential, yet after his extreme episode he grows troubled. Going through the city trying to fit in, Holden constantly seems to get knocked down and constantly looked down on. He sees the value of his loved ones, turning away from suicide he chooses to take another shot at life.