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The Catcher in the Rye.

By J. D. Salinger

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Format: Hardcover, 277 pages
Published In: United States, 31 December 1995
Anyone who has read J. D. Salinger's New Yorker stories - particularly A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, The Laughing Man, and For Esme - With Love and Squalor, will not be surprised by the fact that his first novel is full of children. The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it. There are many voices in this novel: children's voices, adult voices, underground voices-but Holden's voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.
EAN: 9780316769532
ISBN: 0316769533
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Dimensions: 21.41 x 13.54 x 2.82 centimetres (0.41 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Andrew on
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My friends at school had to read Catcher for their english class, but since I was going back through the books hailed as classics anyway, I figured I'd join them in reading it. This book is amazing. There's a very good reason this book is a classic. It has changed my life, not in any major way, but I think we're all influenced by every little thing we see, hear and do in this world, and this book's influence is not without a fair bit of weight. Holden's rambling is amazing as an entire book, and I found lots within the book humourous as well - especially for something as old as this. I highly recommend this book to anyone who can read.
Hayley on
 
A fantastic coming of age novel about a character everyone can somehow identify with. Holden Caulfeld's tale of his teenage hood is wonderfully written with great depth, yet it is easy to understand and great for young adults and old adults alike. I can read it in an afternoon and quote it many times :)
Jacinta on
 
I adored this story. It is something I will continuely read again and again because I vibe with so much of Holden's thought and feeling. If you are not made to read this in school, then I highly suggest you pick it up regardless as it is a classic and is very important in literature as it is referred to in so many other books and even in TV shows etc. It is only a short story so just about anyone could read this classic.

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