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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 sixteen-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. Ever since it was first published in 1951, this novel has been the coming-of-age story against which all others are judged. Read and cherished by generations, the story of Holden Caulfield is truly one of America’s literary treasures.
Chris Taylor says:
“J.D. Salinger’s 1951 novel is a quick read and an unforgettable classic. The young protagonist’s mile-a-minute account writhes with confusion, angst and budding sexuality in a way that just makes for real swell prose! If you missed this classic, you ought to pick it up.”