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Catcher in the Rye

Salinger, J. D.

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ISBN 10: 0316769533 / ISBN 13: 9780316769532
Published by Little Brown & Co, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 1951
Used Condition Near Fine Hardcover
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Facsimile reprint of the 1951 book club edition with no photo of Salinger on the back. Book and dust jacket are bright and crisp with only the very slightest bit of shelf-wear. No creasing, tears chips or markings except for previous owner's inscription on the top of the ffep. 56th Printing as evidenced by the numberline on the copyright page, ie "56 55 54 53". cir. 1999. Dust jacket in mylar sleeve. Nice collectible copy. Bookseller Inventory # 036255

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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 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.

Review: Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with "cynical adolescent." Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. It begins,

"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them."

His constant wry observations about what he encounters, from teachers to phonies (the two of course are not mutually exclusive) capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation.

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Bibliographic Details

Title: Catcher in the Rye

Publisher: Little Brown & Co, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1951

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

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