Title: “The Catcher in the Rye”
Author: J.D. Salinger
Blurb: “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.”
Review: “Holden Caulfield is one of the most pathetic and self-deluded characters in English-language fiction. He is, in his own wrecked way, as much a phony as any of the other characters upon whom he appends that label. Holden is everything he despises, despite his limited recognition of his own failings. For any reader to make the choice to happily identify with Holden Caulfield is to embrace in oneself the personification of foolishness. It is nothing less than gleefully claiming to be a phony.”
Customers Also Bought: Three dozen other books on their high school summer reading lists, and ten books about Jesus.
Footnote: Among Holden Caulfield’s more notable fans is Mark David Chapman, who was carrying a copy — inscribed “This is my statement” — when he shot John Lennon.
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