The Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye

By J. D. Salinger

  • Release Date: 2001-01-20
  • Genre: Classics
Score: 4
From 69 Ratings


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.
The Catcher in the Rye By J.D. Salinger
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  • Weird feeling

    By 5m3v3n
    after reading this book i had the strange desire to kill john lenon...🤔🤔🤔
  • Disgusting

    By Peterliakopoulos
    For people who need a book to keep their attention the whole time and want a decent storyline this book is not for you
  • Literary Classic!

    By Roxas, No. 13
    A book that has endured through the test of time. A classic with themes of identity and teenage angst. Holden Caufield truly is an every man who gets confused with life and expectations - trying to 'save' and parent to his younger sister Phoebe, while in fact she parents him. Everyone should read this book at least once for me it's as enduring as The Great Gatsby by Fitzgearld.
  • fav book

    By a.uthentic
    i was able to relate to the main character, holden, in a way none of the other characters could when holden tried building a relationship with everyone he came in contact with. as i continued reading, i felt as though i was holden himself.