The Catcher in the Rye
ISBN: 014023750x Global Overview for this book
1 journaler for this copy...
There's nothing written anywhere on the cover of this book except the title and Salinger's name - no blurb for me to copy, alas. I'll have to find a review on amazon or somewhere. See below ...
This is a paperback copy from Penguin, published in 1958, umpteenth reprint. The book was originally published in 1951.
I bought this book at a flea market at Hasle elementary school in Oslo, Norway, on Sunday, March 30th, 2008. The book will soon travel to Japan ... :-) as my contribution to a book fair that BC Japan will be having in May.
'Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with "cynical adolescent". Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his 16-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. It begins:
If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two haemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them.
His constant wry observations about what he encounters, from teachers to phonies (the two of course are not mutually exclusive), capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation.'
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Sent this off in the mail today. Hope it makes the trip to Japan safely and in time. Good luck with the book fair!! :-)