The Catcher in the Rye

Mass Market Paperback | May 1, 1991

byJ.D. SalingerAs told byJ.d Salinger

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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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This classic 1951 novel tells the tale of a defiant 16-year-old prep school student who runs away to New York City after getting expelled. Although Holden Caulfield is more cynical than a Gen-Xer, his pain and loneliness slowly escape from underneath his tough exterior. Holden is one of the literary world's most memorable characters, w...

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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...

More than 20 years of seclusion and silence have taken their toll on J. D. Salinger's literary reputation, but the impact made by The Catcher in The Rye (1951) and the Glass family stories was deep enough to make a lasting impression and to assure his continued readership. Salinger was born in New York City of Jewish and Scottish-Irish...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 6.75 × 4.25 × 0.75 inPublished:May 1, 1991Publisher:Little, Brown And Company

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316769487

ISBN - 13:9780316769488

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 13

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This classic 1951 novel tells the tale of a defiant 16-year-old prep school student who runs away to New York City after getting expelled. Although Holden Caulfield is more cynical than a Gen-Xer, his pain and loneliness slowly escape from underneath his tough exterior. Holden is one of the literary world's most memorable characters, which is why The Catcher in the Rye lives on in high schools today. Author J.D. Salinger's cutting language and adult themes continue to challenge and fascinate.

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This modern classic tells the story of Holden Caulfield in his own words. Holden is an angry but sensitive teenager who is expelled from Pencey, the prestigious boys' school in Pennsylvania. He narrates the events of the three days he spends in New York before returning home to his parents. This book reminded me of The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton with a more daring subject matter. This is an enjoyable read that is as relevant today as when it was written in 1945.