The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

3.79 (2,146,445 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days
When will my order arrive?


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 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.
show more

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
  • 234

Review Text

"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
show more

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.
show more

Rating details

2,146,445 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 33% (718,970)
4 31% (669,309)
3 21% (460,193)
2 9% (187,518)
1 5% (110,455)

Our customer reviews

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
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X