The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

J. D. Salinger







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.

Salinger's classic coming-of-age story portrays one young man's funny and poignant experiences with life, love, and sex.

Jerome David Salinger (January 1, 1919 – January 27, 2010) was an American author, best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye, as well as his reclusive nature. His last original published work was in 1965; he gave his last interview in 1980.

Raised in Manhattan, Salinger began writing short stories while in secondary school, and published several stories in the early ...

Introduction 7
Biographical Sketch 9
The Story Behind the Story 16
List of Characters 21
Summary and Analysis 25

This book just about kills me. I swear to god, while I was reading it, one minute I was laughing like a madman and all and the next I was depressed as hell.
Everytime you got so piss off by Holden Caufield that you closed the book. Damn depressing! And the second day you started talking like him and thinking like him. You even sort of felt glad that his miserable journey was coming to the end. But in the end it is so beautiful. I wished it ended with 'I whished you could've been there'
一个骂骂咧咧讨厌全世界的少年,却因为学校墙上有fuck you而冒火
Boy!我真喜欢这本啊!好笑又很伤……holden和Phoebe在一块的片段真的killed me,上课看流泪了。
damn good. old Phoebe is so damn lovely. Juses. Holden a sonvabitch