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J.D. Salinger
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Book Description

Unabridged on five compact disks. Holden Caulfield, knowing he is to be expelled from school, decides to leave early. He spends three days in New York City and tells the story of what he did and suffered there.

Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000PMCF1A
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,959 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in New York in 1919, Jerome David Salinger dropped out of several schools before enrolling in a writing class at Columbia University, publishing his first piece ("The Young Folks") in Story magazine. Soon after, the New Yorker picked up the heralded "A Perfect Day for Bananafish," and more pieces followed, including "Slight Rebellion off Madison" in 1941, an early Holden Caulfield story. Following a stint in Europe for World War II, Salinger returned to New York and began work on his signature novel, 1951's "The Catcher in the Rye," an immediate bestseller for its iconoclastic hero and forthright use of profanity. Following this success, Salinger retreated to his Cornish, New Hampshire, home where he grew increasingly private, eventually erecting a wall around his property and publishing just three more books: "Nine Stories," "Franny and Zooey," "Raise High the Roof Beam, and Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction." Salinger was married twice and had two children. He died of natural causes on January 27, 2010, in New Hampshire at the age of 91.

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1,476 of 1,617 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliantly Unique Look at a Universal Problem July 21, 2000
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In J.D. Salinger's brilliant coming-of-age novel, Holden Caulfield, a seventeen year old prep school adolescent relates his lonely, life-changing twenty-four hour stay in New York City as he experiences the phoniness of the adult world while attempting to deal with the death of his younger brother, an overwhelming compulsion to lie and troubling sexual experiences.
Salinger, whose characters are among the best and most developed in all of literature has captured the eternal angst of growing into adulthood in the person of Holden Caulfield. Anyone who has reached the age of sixteen will be able to identify with this unique and yet universal character, for Holden contains bits and pieces of all of us. It is for this very reason that The Catcher in the Rye has become one of the most beloved and enduring works in world literature.
As always, Salinger's writing is so brilliant, his characters so real, that he need not employ artifice of any kind. This is a study of the complex problems haunting all adolescents as they mature into adulthood and Salinger wisely chooses to keep his narrative and prose straightforward and simple.
This is not to say that The Catcher in the Rye is a straightforward and simple book. It is anything but. In it we are privy to Salinger's genius and originality in portraying universal problems in a unique manner. The Catcher in the Rye is a book that can be loved and understood on many different levels of comprehension and each reader who experiences it will come away with a fresh view of the world in which they live.
A work of true genius, images of a catcher in the rye are abundantly apparent throughout this book.
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141 of 154 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping classic that will always be relevant March 24, 2006
Time has not damaged this tome; it remains a sometimes harrowing, sometimes absorbing, sometimes frustrating, sometimes moving look into a mind in a state of disarray.

Others have written more "shocking" books or have been more overtly anti-social, but with The Catcher In The Rye, J.D. Salinger captures the bitterly confused mind of a youth who hates the whole world not because the world is worth hating, but because he's frustrated at his own inability to get along in that world, with such crisp reality that it shocks far more than any fantastical American Psycho.

Reading over the negative reviews on Amazon, I can't help but wonder how and why so many people are so unable to get it. The Catcher In The Rye is among the, if not the, most tangibly realistic looks into the mind of a disaffected, disillusioned youth suffering from depression (and a touch of the bipolar). The way Holden Caulfield's mind works is incredibly true to form - the contradictions, the hypocrisy, the confusion, the brief moments of sheer clarity followed by stretches of irrational thought. He thinks he's better than the world, and he thinks he's the lousiest person in the world at the same time. He wants everyone to go away and leave him alone, and he can't bear anyone, not even some schmuck he really dislikes (with good reason), to leave him. He's nothing but hypocrisy and contradictions and confusion. Salinger captures this in an amazing way.

People criticize the book because Caulfield is totally unlikable, a guy who rails against phonies when he himself is something of a phony ... but that's part of the point. Holden throws off all the signals someone in his situation actually throws off in real life, and just like real life, they're almost always ignored.
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214 of 245 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An American Classic July 5, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It is difficult to remember what it was like to read this book for the first time. It is also difficult to imagine a book where each new reading provides so much more illumination into the main character and his personality. I can remember finding Catcher to be funny the first time I read it. I now alternately find Holden to be walking a fine line between witty sarcasm and dangerous cynicism. He is funny, there is no way around that, but his belittling nature also causes him to dismiss much from his life that may not be perfect, but should be included. There is nothing that he, in the end, does not dismiss as being phony, whether it is the nuns with whom he shares a cup of coffee, the teacher at the end who most likely was just trying to help, the Egyptian wing of the museum, Pheobe's school...everything. As soon as one little detail slips in which is not completely on track with what he is thinking whatever it is he is contemplating becomes useless, phony, not worth dealing with. His humor is sharp and witty and I often laugh out loud while reading, but it is also an easy way for him to detach himself from a world which he no longer feels he belongs in, or wants to belong in. I can remember finding the ending ambiguous the first time I read it. I now see it as the only way it could end, with Holden finding happiness watching his sister Pheobe going forever in circles, and being able to pretend that that is never going to change. She is the one thing in his life which he still deems worthy of existence, and placing her on a merry-go-round is his best attempt to keep her there. Things change and grow and move on, but Holden refuses to accept this and is yearning to stop things forever where they are, to go back to when D.B. was a writer full of dreams and Allie was still alive. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a classic. I read it 50 years ago ...
It's a classic. I read it 50 years ago in high school and just wanted to re-read this coming-of-age novel. Read more
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Bought this for my stepson. Still the same book as it was when I was in middle school
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1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible. All vulgarity and immorality aside
Horrible. All vulgarity and immorality aside, there was nothing redeeming about this book. A plotless look at a mentally unusable teen's descent into a psychotic break. Read more
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Catcher in the Rye should be banned...
So you think it should actually be banned just because you didn't particularly like it and feel that there are more uplifting novels? That sounds like a ridiculous reason to ban it. Maybe you could just give it a bad review and move along.

In truth, many teenagers identify with Holden... Read More
Nov 8, 2008 by D. Dorman |  See all 91 posts
Saddened by Salinger's death
Just finished reading Catcher once again in honor of the passing of the author last week. So perfectly, Salinger gave life to Holden, the catcher, the preserver of innocence, the troubled. This tiime, I found myself wanted to "mother" him, wanting to help.

When I was a teacher in a... Read More
Feb 4, 2010 by Rosalita |  See all 7 posts
why are these novels banned?
Ha. You know, I don't get why Catcher is banned either. It's quoted as encouraging sex and bad moral behavior. It doesn't even hit the banner's mind that the whole point and character of Holden is retaining innocence. It just makes no sense. People don't take the time to understand things,... Read More
Nov 5, 2006 by Aaron C. Ploof |  See all 10 posts
Any movie about The Catcher in the Rye
While there has never been a film made of The Catcher in the Rye, there have been numerous references within films. Here are a few I found on Wikipedia:

1. In the 1965 British film The Collector, the book is briefly discussed leading to a heated exchange between the film's two main characters.... Read More
Apr 28, 2006 by S. L. Wright |  See all 14 posts
Will this Book Ever Be on Kindle?
Copyright laws mean that author controls that decision for his life plus a certain number of years beyond his death, and that period can be renewed. In Salinger's case, he never agreed to an ebook, and he did not give up that right to his publisher, so it won't be available in that format for the... Read More
Dec 3, 2011 by Fierce Red Pen |  See all 10 posts
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