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 ...
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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May 1, 2014
Not what I expected!
I never read this "classic" in high school and now that I'm in my sixties I'm trying to catch up on some of the reading I should have done had I chosen to be a better student. Boy was I disappointed! Page after page, I kept expecting the nugget of wisdom to appear, but it never did. Instead, I found it to be nothing more than the trivial ramblings of a confused kid, Perhaps a more youthful reader would have better understood the author's style and found it to be the "profound" work so many have said it is over the years. As far as I'm concerned, it stunk!
Apr 4, 2014
My favorite cover of this book! i love it. I have read this book so many times and it never gets old. Hopefully everyone enjoys it as much as I do
Nov 29, 2013
Everyone knows this book by now. I ordered a copy as I could not find my copy and wanted to read it again. If you don't know Salinger it is time to learn and read all his books.
Apr 25, 2013
I'm always amazed how Christians find this book so offensive. Ironically, their objections are precisely why I think it is great. Holden Caulfield is morally bankrupt. But rather than suppress this sort of literature, I think it's all the more important to put and keep it in circulation. There are real Holden Caulfields in this world and they need compassion, not condemnation. His is a very human voice. It is a testament to
Salinger's genius to have created such a human character. I actually teach this novel to high school students, and many come away feeling they've grown as human beings because of it. That is the epitome of great literature!
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