8vo paperback 192 pages. Very, very minor wear to head of spine o/w VG++. New edition reproduces, for the first time, the original American text. 160 gms
(Order reference 16362). £4.00
The Catcher in the Rye is a coming-of-age novel by J. D. Salinger, partially published in serial form in 1945–46 before being novelized in 1951. The novel is written in the first person from the point of view of sixteen-year-old Holden Caulfield, an intelligent and perceptive but deeply troubled young man. The novel follows Holden as he wanders aimlessly around New York City for three days after being expelled from his boarding school. During this time, he reflects on his life and the world around him, often in a cynical and critical way. He rails against the “phoniness” of the adult world and expresses his longing for a simpler, more innocent time.
The novel’s climax comes when Holden visits his younger sister, Phoebe, at her boarding school. He tells her that he wants to be the “catcher in the rye,” a metaphor for someone who saves children from falling off the edge of a cliff. This represents Holden’s desire to protect children from the harsh realities of the adult world.
The Catcher in the Rye is a complex and controversial novel that has been praised for its honest and insightful portrayal of adolescence. It has also been criticized for its language and its negative portrayal of adults. However, the novel remains a classic of American literature and continues to be read and enjoyed by people of all ages.