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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.
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
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, 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.
First read this 28 yrs ago. Great read then; great read now
Love Salinger's unique narrative. Raw, real, moving.
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
You can't knock a classic.
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.
This has been one of the best books I've read in my life so far.
What is the big deal?
As this is meant to be a classic, I thought I would tick it off my reading bucket list. Tick but move on.
The Catcher in the Rye
A bit convoluted but readable.
Couldn't put it down.
A gem that I will read again and again.
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.
Laine the Brain
The Catcher in the Rye
ISBN: 9780316769488 ISBN-10: 0316769487 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 224 Published: January 1991 Country of Publication: US Dimensions (cm): 17.2 x 10.5
Weight (kg): 0.11