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The Catcher in the Rye

Mass Market Paperbound - 01 May 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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-10: 0316769487

ISBN-13: 9780316769488

Publisher: Little Brown and Company       

Language: English

Age Range: NA - NA years

Grade Level: NA - NA

Format: Mass Market Paperbound | 224 Pages

Product Dimension (L x W x H): 17.02 x 10.41 x 2.03 CM

Shipping Weight: 0.11 Kg

Customer Reviews

4 customer reviews  Between 4−5 stars rating,  11 March 2020
Young Adult Classic I love
By: Tisha Nadhilla

A very handy book! I love at how I get the right copy for my hands. One of my favorites comfortable classics to read and Periplus deliver me right. Thank you for getting me this!

4 customer reviews  Between 3−4 stars rating,  07 November 2018
Not bad
By: Octa Saktianti

The book touches on important themes in a manner that excels in impacting the reader. As a relatable character, Holden helps to make the book a fairly worthwhile read. However, as Holden meets character upon character in the book, it can be difficult to keep track of them. The nature of Holden’s wandering means nearly constant changes that sometimes make the plot feel incoherent. His frequent tangents can be an insight into his mind, but can occasionally leave the reader thinking “get back to the story already.” While it is certainly a good book, it is questionable whether it deserves its classical literature reputation or not. I did not find it to be significantly better than an average book to be worthy of the popularity that it has.

4 customer reviews  Between 1−2 stars rating,  19 April 2018
I'm sorry, what?
By: Insani A. Firdaus

Is it the book which purposely made its reader hate every single thing about it? Or is it just me?

It reminded me all those years ago when I started reading Paulo Coelho's works. Everyone loved it. Everyone talked about how important his works, the meaning, and whatnot. And I was like..."Okay what are you trying to say?". I didn't understand them. All of them. I gave up.

And similar thing happened with this book. While I couldn't help but notice how many people gushing over this book, I couldn't even enjoy this book. I simply didn't get it. The character kept complaining about this phony and that phony while being a phony himself the entire time.

Maybe that was what exactly Salinger tried to accomplish? Making reader hate his charaters?

I. Didn't. Understand. It.

4 customer reviews  Between 3−4 stars rating,  17 January 2018
A classic. Not the easiest to read.
By: Antonius B.

Had heard of this book since high school, but never read it. When the author passed away, I decided it was time to buy and read it. Had no idea of what to expect, and was surprised with what it was about. I think the main character had ADHD. I think he was quite intelligent, although he could not make it in the school environment. I tired of the explanation he went into on each topic, but forced myself to finish the book. It was a quick read but did not pass this one on.

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