Catcher in the Rye (Paperback)

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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.


    ISBN 9780316769488
    Genre FICTION / Classics
    Format Paperback
    Publisher Date 1991-05-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Lb Books
    Height 6.75 in
    Wdth 4.25 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.25 lb
    Language English
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Salinger, J. D.

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      True classic. Bought this for my 12 year old daughter to add to her book collection. Strongly suggest.

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      Actually the book was required for summer reading. I forgot that Overstock sells books too even some old editions. I am very happy to find this book in paper back format even though the summer is over, but just want to keep a copy at home.

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      Ordered this book for my daughter to read. She loves old books as I do.

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      I really don't get why this book is a classic... I guess it's greatness is lost on me. Pretty depressing. Lots of pointless cursing... I dunno...

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