- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
- Format: Paperback | 224 pages
- Dimensions: 107mm x 170mm x 23mm | 159g
- Publication date: 1 May 1991
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0316769487
- ISBN 13: 9780316769488
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 119
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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By Rachel 29 Mar 2013
This is a great, funny book that needs to be read several times. Every time I read this book I notice or learn something else!
I don't know how old the "Disappointed" reviewer is, but they are very wrong. I first read this when I was 16 and didn't like it, but read it again several years later and it was much better. This book was written quite a long time ago, and Holden talks the way a young man from the 40's would talk.
By JV 07 Feb 2013
Definitely in the top 5 WORST books I have ever read. I'll go further and say it was actually frustrating to read - every second sentence ends in, "and all" or begins with, "so what I did was".
Everyone is either a phony or "old" so and so. Even his little sister is "old Phoebe". The main character, Holden, is one dimensional and the story goes nowhere. Literally nothing happens apart from Holden meeting a few people, who he doesn't like anyway, and proceeding to deliberately annoy them.
The flow is disjointed, going off on wild tangents at times (two whole pages on how it is hard to live with someone if you have a nicer suitcase than they do) and repetitive at others...or both!
I can't believe I read the whole thing but I persisted in the hope that it would get better. I was genuinely disappointed.
Do yourself a favour and read something else instead.
By Rolando Ventura 30 Jan 2013
Great classic about teenage angst and loneliness. Love the writing style and attitudes expressed in this book.
By Laura 30 Jan 2010
A book that must be read. Simply wonderful, a classic, an evergreen, that never die.