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The Catcher in the Rye

Author: J.D. Salinger  

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One of the greatest novels of the twentieth century - reissued in a stunning hardback design to celebrate the Salinger centenary

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One of the greatest novels of the twentieth century - reissued in a stunning hardback design to celebrate the Salinger centenary

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Description

It's Christmas time and Holden Caulfield has just been expelled from yet another school. Fleeing the crooks at Pencey Prep, he pinballs around New York City seeking solace in fleeting encounters - shooting the bull with strangers in dive hotels, wandering alone round Central Park, getting beaten up by pimps and cut down by erstwhile girlfriends. The city is beautiful and terrible, in all its neon loneliness and seedy glamour, its mingled sense of possibility and emptiness. Holden passes through it like a ghost, thinking always of his kid sister Phoebe, the only person who really understands him, and his determination to escape the phonies and find a life of true meaning.

The Catcher in the Rye is an all-time classic in coming-of-age literature- an elegy to teenage alienation, capturing the deeply human need for connection and the bewildering sense of loss as we leave childhood behind.

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Critic Reviews

“His work meant a lot to me when I was a young person and his writing still sings.”

Tough-tender... It charts the miseries and ecstasies of an adolescent rebel [in] acidly humorous deadpan satire TIME He was the poet of youthful alienation before youth really knew what that was Sunday Times It was a very pure voice he had. There was no one like him -- Martin Amis -- Dave Eggers He wrote a perfect novel and it changed US culture forever Independent I liked it very much indeed, more than anything for a long time. -- Samuel Beckett

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About the Author

J.D. Salinger was born in 1919 and died in January 2010. He grew up in New York City, and wrote short stories from an early age, but his breakthrough came in 1948 with the publication in the New Yorker of 'A Perfect Day for Bananafish'. The Catcher in the Rye was his first and only novel, published in 1951. It remains one of the most translated, taught and reprinted texts, and has sold some 65 million copies. Salinger also wrote several novellas and short stories, including Franny and Zooey, For Esme - With Love and Squalor, and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour- An Introduction.

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Product Details

Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Published
1st November 2018
Pages
240
ISBN
9780241984758
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