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The Catcher in the Rye by 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 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: 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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    had fun, too bad the weather stopped so many people from attending

    March 14, 2014

  • Chas j.

    Always a great read, every time you read it you experience something else.

    March 14, 2014

  • Linda O.

    I have responded a week ago that I regret that I have conflict tomorrow.
    Also, I asked about the next book that this meet up will be reading. I do want to attend the next Meet Up with another b

    March 12, 2014

  • Joan

    Sick :-(

    March 12, 2014

  • Scott M

    Can't do tomorrow...

    March 12, 2014

  • kathryn f.

    I can't join you this week, what's the next book?

    March 7, 2014

  • Saleena B.

    Is anyone in their 20s?

    February 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just turned 30 Saleena, way to throw salt in the wound.

      1 · March 1, 2014

    • Paul

      Yes. 20s and other decades.

      1 · March 2, 2014

  • hope c.

    March 13 is only a few weeks from today. This doesn't give me enough time to become "roller-skate skinny!" Nevertheless, I will be there. Haven't read Catcher in the Rye in quite a few years and am very excited to get reacquainted.

    February 25, 2014

  • Bianca J.

    What is the next read? I don't think I'll be able to make the meet-up on the 13th.

    February 21, 2014

  • Polly M.

    How do I know what the next book is ? I travel a lot and so I won't be able to read the March 13 book in time.

    February 19, 2014

  • kathryn f.

    Looking forward to meeting people who enjoy discussing books and conversation

    February 16, 2014

  • jesse h

    was thinking it was about time I read it for the fourth time

    January 26, 2014

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