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The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger

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Published: January 1991
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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 fully 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.

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The Catcher in the Rye
 
3.6

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Well written (5)
  • Deserves multiple readings (3)
  • Engaging characters (3)

Cons

No Cons

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  • Older readers (3)
  • Travel reading (3)
  • Younger readers (3)
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4.0

First read this 28 yrs ago. Great read then; great read now

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      Comments about The Catcher in the Rye:

      Love Salinger's unique narrative. Raw, real, moving.

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      2.0

      not pleased

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      from perth

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        • Disappointing

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          Comments about The Catcher in the Rye:

          I have heard about this book for years and I must say I was disappointed , there wasn't much of a story to it I thought, nope I was most disappointed after all the hype I had heard

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          4.0

          You can't knock a classic.

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          from sydney

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          • Well Written

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            • Older Readers
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            Comments about The Catcher in the Rye:

            J D Salinger's book has influenced many people, it is on many peoples list of best books often in the top20, however, even though I appreciated it 40 years ago the rebelliousness of Holden Caulfield just doesn't come up to expectations, it now seems a little dated.

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            5.0

            Absolutely amazing

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            from Melbourne, AU

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            Pros

            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Engaging Characters
            • Interesting
            • Well Written

            Cons

            • Sometimes Long-winded

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            • Adults
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            Comments about The Catcher in the Rye:

            This has been one of the best books I've read in my life so far.

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            3.0

            What is the big deal?

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              • Not What I expected

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                Comments about The Catcher in the Rye:

                As this is meant to be a classic, I thought I would tick it off my reading bucket list. Tick but move on.

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                3.0

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                from Sydney

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                Pros

                • Average But Readable
                • Very Bold Language But Is

                Cons

                • Not What I expected

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                Comments about The Catcher in the Rye:

                A bit convoluted but readable.

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                4.0

                Gripping

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                from Newcastle, AU

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                • Deserves Multiple Readings
                • Engaging Characters
                • Page Turner
                • Well Written

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                  Comments about The Catcher in the Rye:

                  Couldn't put it down.

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                  4.0

                  A gem that I will read again and again.

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                  from Tassie

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                  • Deserves Multiple Readings
                  • Page Turner
                  • Well Written

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                    Best Uses

                    • Gift
                    • Older Readers
                    • Travel Reading
                    • Younger Readers

                    Comments about The Catcher in the Rye:

                    I found this book to be a sheer delight and I think we all know/knew someone like Holden who wanted it all, and wanted it NOW.

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                    3.0

                    Too much wizz and not enough bang

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                    from Mackay, QLD AU

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                    Pros

                    • Engaging Characters

                    Cons

                    • Disappointing

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                      Comments about The Catcher in the Rye:

                      The book was good to fill in time.

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                      ISBN: 9780316769488
                      ISBN-10: 0316769487
                      Audience: General
                      Format: Paperback
                      Language: English
                      Number Of Pages: 224
                      Published: January 1991
                      Country of Publication: US
                      Dimensions (cm): 17.2 x 10.5  x 1.5
                      Weight (kg): 0.12