The Catcher in the Rye

“Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around – nobody big, I mean – except me. And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff – I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be.” ~Holden Caulfield

~J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye~

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  1. Thank you for sharing this. I saw it yesterday (I think!) and saved it for some quiet time. I remember reading “The Catcher in the Rye” when I was a sophomore in high school and just feeling yucky and angry as I trudged through a story I didn’t understand. It’s been on my mind to read again and seeing the words you captured above is a further sign. Thank you!


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