Novel by J. D. Salinger
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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.

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Could not stand all the religion, ruined a good story for me

0 Responses posted in February


One of my favourite books of all time. The anger of the main character reflects that humans cannot be happy just by situation alone.

0 Responses posted in February


Ich konnte mit dem Fänger im Roggen nie richtig was anfangen. Seit ich 12 bin, hab ich ihm alle paar Jahre mal eine Chance gegeben und konnte es nichtmal ganz lesen. Spätestens bei der Kakao-Szene zu Beginn war jedesmal Schluss.

0 Responses posted in January


why does the book picture and description say "Prayer for Owen Meany" when the book title says "Catcher in the Rye"?

0 Responses posted in December


An interesting and important look inside the head of a teenage boy struggling with all the major questions in life - from the perspective of a person balancing a cocktail of sensitivity and.. hormones

0 Responses posted in November


Man sollte Bücher übers Erwachsenwerden wohl nicht zu spät lesen. Ich konnte mit den Gefühlen und Gedanken von Holden jedenfalls nicht mehr sehr viel anfangen. Und auch der Schreibstil kann durchaus etwas anstrengen.

0 Responses posted in October


(nur auf englisch)

0 Responses posted in August
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