release date: Nov 19, 2018
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Anyone who has read J D Salingers 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 childrens voices adult voices underground voices-but Holdens 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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