The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. SalingerThe 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.
J.D. Salingers classic novel of teenage angst and rebellion was first published in 1951. The novel was included on Times 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923. It was named by Modern Library and its readers as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. It has been frequently challenged in the court for its liberal use of profanity and portrayal of sexuality and in the 1950s and 60s it was the novel that every teenage boy wants to read.
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The novel is said to have popularised the term "screw up", as in "Boy, it really screws up my sex life something awful. My sex life stinks. Salinger spent a lot of time refusing requests to adapt the novel. Jerry Lewis longed to play Holden Caulfield, and John Cusack is on record mourning the fact that once he was past 21, he was too old to take the role. Were it ever available. Salinger was working on a version of the book when he was fighting in the second world war. During the campaign from Normandy to Germany, he met Ernest Hemingway , with whom he went on to exchange letters.
The Catcher in the Rye is a story by J. D. Salinger, partially published in serial form in – and as a novel in It was originally intended for adults but.
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The Catcher in the Rye is a story by J. Salinger , partially published in serial form in — and as a novel in The novel was included on Time Magazine's list of the best English-language novels written since ,  and it was named by Modern Library and its readers as one of the best English-language novels of the 20th century. Seventeen-year-old Holden Caulfield lives in an unspecified institution in Southern California , near Hollywood , in He intends to live with his brother D.