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The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye Description:

The hero narrator of i The Catcher in the Rye i 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 br br J D Salinger s classic novel of teenage angst and rebellion was first published in The novel was included on i Time i s list of the best English language novels written since It was named by Modern Library and its readers as one of the best English language novels of the th century It has been frequently challenged in the court for its liberal use of profanity and portrayal of sexuality and in the s and s it was the novel that every teenage boy wants to read

Rating: 3.77 out of 5

Franny and Zooey

Franny and Zooey Description:

The short story i Franny i takes place in an unnamed college town and tells the tale of an undergraduate who is becoming disenchanted with the selfishness and inauthenticity she perceives all around her br br The novella i Zooey i is named for Zooey Glass the second youngest member of the Glass family As his younger sister Franny suffers a spiritual and existential breakdown in her parents Manhattan living room leaving Bessie her mother deeply concerned Zooey comes to her aid offering what he thinks is brotherly love understanding and words of sage advice br br Salinger writes of these works i FRANNY came out in The New Yorker in and was swiftly followed in by ZOOEY Both stories are early critical entries in a narrative series I m doing about a family of settlers in twentieth century New York the Glasses It is a long term project patently an ambiguous one and there is a real enough danger I suppose that sooner or later I ll bog down perhaps disappear entirely in my own methods locutions and mannerisms On the whole though I m very hopeful I love working on these Glass stories I ve been waiting for them most of my life and I think I have fairly decent monomaniacal plans to finish them with due care and all available skill i br

Rating: 3.50 out of 5

Nine Stories

Nine Stories Description:

A Perfect Day for Bananafish br Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut br Just Before the War with the Eskimos br The Laughing Man br Down at the Dinghy br For Esm with Love and Squalor br Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes br De Daumier Smith s Blue Period br Teddy

Rating: 3.27 out of 5

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction

Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction Description:

The author writes The two long pieces in this book originally came out in The New Yorker RAISE HIGH THE ROOF BEAM CARPENTERS in SEYMOUR An Introduction in Whatever their differences in mood or effect they are both very much concerned with Seymour Glass who is the main character in my still uncompleted series about the Glass family It struck me that they had better be collected together if not deliberately paired off in something of a hurry if I mean them to avoid unduly or undesirably close contact with new material in the series There is only my word for it granted but I have several new Glass stories coming along waxing dilating each in its own way but I suspect the less said about them in mixed company the better Oddly the joys and satisfactions of working on the Glass family peculiarly increase and deepen for me with the years I can t say why though Not at least outside the casino proper of my fiction

Rating: 3.51 out of 5

A Perfect Day for Bananafish

A Perfect Day for Bananafish Description:

A Perfect Day for Bananafish is a short story by J D Salinger originally published in the January issue of The New Yorker It was anthologized in s Short Stories from The New Yorker as well as in Salinger s collection Nine Stories

Rating: 3.80 out of 5

Three Early Stories

Three Early Stories Description:

A young and ambitious writer named Jerome David Salinger set his goals very high very early in his career br br He almost desperately wished to publish his early stories in The New Yorker magazine the pinnacle he felt of America s literary world But such was not to be for several long years and the length of one long world war The New Yorker whose tastes in literary matters were and remain notoriously prim and fickle was not quite ready for this brash and over confident newcomer with the cynical worldview and his habit of slangy dialogue br br But other magazines were quick to recognize a new talent a fresh voice at a time when the world verged on madness Story magazine an esteemed and influential small circulation journal devoted exclusively to the art of the short story and still active and respected today was the first publication to publish the name J D Salinger and the story The Young Folks in an impressive view of New York s cocktail society and two young people talking past one another their conversation almost completely meaningless and empty br br His next short story was published in a college journal The University of Kansas City Review Go See Eddie is a tale of quiet menace as an unsavory male character gradually turns up the pressure on a young lady to see a man named Eddie Also published in the story is notable for the backstory that is omitted a technique that Hemingway used to great effect br br Four years later toward the end of Salinger s war experience saw the publication of Once A Week Won t Kill You again in Story magazine Ostensibly about a newly minted soldier trying to tell an aging aunt he is going off to war some may see the story as a metaphor for preparing one s family for the possibility of wartime death br br Devault Graves Digital Editions a publisher that specializes in reprinting the finest in American period literature is proud to bring you this anthology by one of America s most innovative and inspiring authors

Rating: 3.68 out of 5

The Catcher in the Rye/Franny and Zooey/Nine Stories/Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters

The Catcher in the Rye/Franny and Zooey/Nine Stories/Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters Description:

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Rating: 3.59 out of 5

Hapworth 16, 1924

Hapworth 16, 1924 Description:

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Rating: 3.31 out of 5

The Complete Uncollected Stories

The Complete Uncollected Stories Description:

A new bootleg book containing all missing stories in one perfect bound volume The book is blue with a paper ring around the cover It has the title stamped on the title page and attributes itself to Train Bridge Recluse as a publisher Supposedly copies were made br br This book contains twenty short stories and two novellas that have never before been collected or published outside of their original magazine appearences due to the wishes of the author who has declined to publish any of his work since Stories collected here for the first time include two word novellas The Inverted Forest amp Hapworth two stories featuring Holden Caulfield in expanded scenes from The Catcher in the Rye I m Crazy amp Slight Rebellion Off Madison and the Babe Gladwaller and Vincent Caulfield series Last Day of the Last Furlough This Sandwich Has No Mayonnaise amp The Stranger This collection includes all known works by Salinger not already widely available

Rating: 3.52 out of 5