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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

(based on 11 reviews)

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64%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Well written (5)
  • Deserves multiple readings (4)
  • Engaging characters (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Older readers (4)
  • Gift (3)
  • Travel reading (3)
  • Younger readers (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Bookworm (5), Everyday reader (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Don't pass over this book!

Don't be put off by what you may or may not have heard about Holden Caulfield and this book. Some people say it's terrible, others that it's brilliant. Some find it easy to...Read complete review

Don't be put off by what you may or may not have heard about Holden Caulfield and this book. Some people say it's terrible, others that it's brilliant. Some find it easy to read, others don't. The bottom line is, read it before you make a decision, you might find Holden isn't what you thought he was, and this book might just change your view of things.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

not pleased

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...Read complete review

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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3.0

I just don't get it

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from Sydney Australia

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Pros

  • Appropriate For School

Cons

  • Outdated

Best Uses

  • Special Needs

Comments about The Catcher in the Rye:

I read the book in three nights and though there were some similarities with the present day but overall I found it to be somewhat dated

 
5.0

Don't pass over this book!

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Great For Any Age
  • Thought Provoking
  • Timeless

Cons

  • Controversial
  • Questionable Content

Best Uses

  • Gift
  • Older Readers

Comments about The Catcher in the Rye:

Don't be put off by what you may or may not have heard about Holden Caulfield and this book. Some people say it's terrible, others that it's brilliant. Some find it easy to read, others don't. The bottom line is, read it before you make a decision, you might find Holden isn't what you thought he was, and this book might just change your view of things.

 
4.0

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

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  • Well Written

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      Comments about The Catcher in the Rye:

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

       
      2.0

      not pleased

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      from perth

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        Cons

        • Disappointing

        Best Uses

          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

           
          4.0

          You can't knock a classic.

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          from bangor

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          Pros

          • Well Written

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Older Readers
            • Travel Reading
            • Younger Readers

            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.

             
            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

            Best Uses

            • Adults
            • Teenagers
            • Young Adults

            Comments about The Catcher in the Rye:

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

             
            3.0

            What is the big deal?

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              Cons

              • 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.

                 
                3.0

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                Pros

                • Average But Readable
                • Very Bold Language But Is

                Cons

                • Not What I expected

                Best Uses

                • Older Readers
                • Reading For Book Group

                Comments about The Catcher in the Rye:

                A bit convoluted but readable.

                 
                4.0

                Gripping

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                from Newcastle, AU

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Gift
                  • Travel Reading
                  • Younger Readers

                  Comments about The Catcher in the Rye:

                  Couldn't put it down.

                   
                  4.0

                  A gem that I will read again and again.

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                  from Tassie

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                  Pros

                  • Deserves Multiple Readings
                  • Page Turner
                  • Well Written

                  Cons

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