The Catcher in the Rye

ISBN9780316769488
PublisherLittle Brown and Company
Published5/2/1995
Pages224
AuthorJ.D. Salinger
FormatMASS MARKET
Weight0.2 Kg.
Height6.8 in.
Width4.2 in.
Depth0.8 in.

The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger

MASS MARKET

5/2/1995

Anyone who has read J.D. Salinger's New Yorker stories--particularly A Perfect Day for Bananafish,Uncle Wiggily in ConnecticutThe 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.

The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger

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ISBN9780316769488
PublisherLittle Brown and Company
Published5/2/1995
Pages224
AuthorJ.D. Salinger
FormatMASS MARKET
Weight0.2 Kg.
Height6.8 in.
Width4.2 in.
Depth0.8 in.

Synopsis

Anyone who has read J.D. Salinger's New Yorker stories--particularly A Perfect Day for Bananafish,Uncle Wiggily in ConnecticutThe 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.

Editorial Reviews

"Holden's story is told in Holden's own strange, wonderful language by J. D. Salinger in an unusually brilliant novel, "The Catcher in the Rye."

– New York Times

"Teenagers can relate to it because of its complex themes of rebellion, identity and independence but I would recommend you read it before you're an adult otherwise you may have the urge to slap Holden for his actions when reading the book!"

– Washington Post

"For U.S. readers, the prize catch in The Catcher in the Rye may well be Novelist Salinger himself. He can understand an adolescent mind without displaying one."

– Time