May’s Book: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Title: The Catcher in the Rye
Author: J.D. Salinger
Pages: 277 (Paperback)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Date of release: 30th January 2001
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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.

The reason I chose this book was because I wanted to go with a classic this month. With the large demand for YA books nowadays, we have seemed to start neglecting the root of literature – classics. Initially I wanted to go with The Great Gatsby & discuss the movie but since it was coming out mid-May I decided to go with another one. I have not read this classic so I will be reading alongside those of you who have not started this classic yet.

I picked my copy up in Gramedia so go get yours now! We will be discussing this book on the 1st of June 2013 at 8p.m. on Twitter. Hope to see you all there! As always, happy reading.

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