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The Catcher in the Rye
Salinger, J. D.
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Format: Mass Market Paperbound, 224pp.
Date of publication: May 01 1991
ISBN-13: 9780316769488
Dimensions: 17.14 cm. (length) X 10.41 cm. (width) X 1.78 cm. (thickness)
Weight: 114 grams

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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,... [More...] [Edit review] [Delete review]
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The Catcher in the Rye by Jin Kim (Korea), 10 August 2005 21:24
This is the perfect book for all of those who feel, or have felt, alienated. It is a book about the struggle to prevent adulthood, much in the fashion of "Peter Pan", yet much more in the fashion of a 'sore teenager', as the protagonist might describe it.
The book is easy to read and catches the reader's attention since the very first page. The narrator digresses all the time, emulating a youngster. This digression, however, serves for the purposes of presenting previously concealed information and presenting a realistic, friendly prose.
There is some slang and many bad words in the book but, by our modern standards, they might be considered as normal.
This is a highly recommendable book. I would give it a 9 out of 10.  [Delete review]
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