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A classic of teen angst, The Catcher in the Rye is narrated by the cynical Holden Caulfield who is recovering in a psychiatric hospital in California, not far from where his older brother D. B. resides. Having been disenchanted with his school and his teachers after perceiving their hypocrisy, and distraught over the death of his younger brother, Holden has flunked out of the preparatory school that he has been attending.
As Holden lies in his bed, he reflects on the hypocrisy of the school, even in its advertisements such as the ones in which boys are playing polo. "I never once saw a horse anywhere near the place." In the same place of hypocrisy, Holden places his brother D. B. because he once wrote an anthology of short stories called The Secret Goldfish that Holden delighted in. But, now D.B. is "out in Hollywood...being a prostitute." That is, D. B. writes whatever the producers want him to in order to make money; he has sold out his integrity, Holden believes.
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