The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

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The brilliant, funny, meaningful novel (The New Yorker) that established J. D. Salinger as a leading voice in American literature--and that has instilled in millions of readers around the world a lifelong love of books.
If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.
The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caufield. 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 104.14 x 170.18 x 20.32mm | 113.4g
  • Little, Brown and Company
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0316769487
  • 9780316769488
  • 141

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"In Mr. Salinger we have a fresh voice. One can actually hear it speaking, and what is has to say is uncannily true, perceptive, and compassionate."-Clifton Fadiman, Book-of-the-Month Club News
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Salinger's work meant a lot to me when I was a young person and his writing still sings now.--Dave Eggers
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About J. D. Salinger

J. D. Salinger was born in New York City on January 1, 1919, and died in Cornish, New Hampshire, on January 27, 2010. His stories appeared in many magazines, most notably The New Yorker. Between 1951 and 1963 he produced four book-length works of fiction: The Catcher in the Rye; Nine Stories; Franny and Zooey; and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour--An Introduction. The books have been embraced and celebrated throughout the world and have been credited with instilling in many a lifelong love of reading.
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3.81 out of 5 stars
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5 34% (1,127,731)
4 31% (1,013,305)
3 21% (701,532)
2 9% (283,661)
1 5% (166,365)

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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! Genuinely funny! 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. Great book!show more
by Rachel
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 more
by JV
Great classic about teenage angst and loneliness. Love the writing style and attitudes expressed in this more
by Rolando Ventura
A book that must be read. Simply wonderful, a classic, an evergreen, that never more
by Laura
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