The Catcher in the Rye
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • The Catcher in the Rye
ISBN: 0316769177
EAN13: 9780316769174
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 30, 2001
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 0.8" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.13 lbs.
Format: 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.

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   Required reading
I didn't like this book. I don't write a negative review, but this book is boring and too dark for my taste.
 
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   Quality poor
Poor printing and low quality books. The covers are thin and easily torn. Very disappointed!
 
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   Way overrated!
I just finished this book, and I am wondering why it is considered a classic. Is it because Chapman MD had it on him? If the show was about nothing, then this is a book about nothing. Nothing happened. There were no major events. There was nothing shocking. Nothing memorable. No! I think it's a good thing! The story is about a slacker who gets kicked out of school. That is it. He calls every old one before their names, it is annoying. The use of the word Goddam is used every other word. When he says after almost every statement that it really is. It's really annoying. I would rather read a novel about teen angst and teen alienation than read a novel about it.
 
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   Way overrated!
I just finished this book and I am wondering why it is considered a classic. Is it because Chapman MD had it on him? If the show was about nothing, then this is a book about nothing. There was nothing that happened. There are no major events. Nothing shocking. Nothing unforgettable. It was nil. That's right! The story is about a slacker who gets kicked out of school. That is all. It is annoying that he calls every old person before their name. The use of the word " goddam" every time it is used. He says after almost every statement that it really is. It's annoying. If I want to read a novel about teen angst, I would prefer to read " The Outsiders."
 
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   Trying to Grab the Classics
I have a nice collection of classic books, and I remember reading these books as a child. I was worried that this one would disappear as many of the old books are being pulled. I'm happy to have this in my collection.
 
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   Weird
I finally gave it a try after avoiding it during my college days. Can't believe this is a classic.
 
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   Reading is fundamental
I think I got a good book. I wanted to read the top 100 dollars in history. I have already read a bunch of books, I thought they were just books, but they are on the list, and I have two more books coming.
 
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   Reading is fundamental
I am glad I got this book. I decided to read the top 100 bucks in history. I have already read a bunch of books, I thought they were just books, but they are on the list and I have two more books coming.
 
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   Terrible book.
What did I read? I didn't like the book. The way he talks and his case of mental illness were almost too upsetting to finish the book. I am in a reading challenge and I can not waste time starting another book.
 
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   The Catcher In The Rye
I had a list of books to read during my life. I finished the book. Being trapped within the mind of a teenage boy was not something I enjoyed. I enjoyed reading it.