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The Catcher in the Rye
Contributor(s): Salinger, J. D.
ISBN: 0316769533     ISBN-13: 9780316769532
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
    OUR PRICE: $23.40  
Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: July 1951
Annotation: 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.

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Caulfield, Holden (Fictitious character); Fiction.
Runaway teenagers; Fiction.
Teenage boys; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Fiction | Classics
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 51004713
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.75" W x 1.25" (0.85 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 5978
Reading Level: 4.7   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 11.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q01967
Reading Level: 8.1   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 16.0