The Catcher in the Rye

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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. 

J.D. Salinger's classic novel of teenage angst and rebellion was first published in 1951. The novel was included on Time's 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923. It was named by Modern Library and its readers as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. It has been frequently challenged in the court for its liberal use of profanity and portrayal of sexuality and in the 1950's and 60's it was the novel that every teenage boy wants to read.

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The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger Reviews

  • Counterfeit

    By marchetype
    Bad formatting and other clues that this is not an authorized release.
  • Not authorized?

    By rcniman
    I can't believe this is a legitimate copy of Catcher in the Rye. I've found counterfeit copies of other books (by Kurt Vonnegut and Maurice Sendak - stuff I knew was still under copyright) before and got burned once by buying such a book without checking who the publisher was or looking at the sample. The formatting ended up being horrible, and it felt horrible to realize I wasn't supporting the legitimate authors and publishers. It is no different with this book. If you open the sample you will see horrible formatting, with no space between paragraphs and improper quotation marks. I've tried to contact Apple about these counterfeit books in the past but haven't found an email or phone number to do so.
  • Amazing

    By Herman123444
    I cried because it was so good

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