What 'Catcher In The Rye' author J.D. Salinger does well is put the reader firmly in the fractured and ever-roaming mind of Holden Caulfield. The author's use of repetition and rapid divergence of topics gives the sense that we're witnessing a constant stream-of-consciousness; you'll be ... Read review
This second edition of Peter G. Beidler's Readers Companion builds on the success of the ... more
first edition. It will be an indispensable guide for teachers, students, and general readers who want fully to appreciate Salinger's perennial bestseller. Now six decades old, The Catcher in the Rye contains references to people, places, books, movies, and historical events that will puzzle many twenty-first century readers. This edition includes a new section on reactions to Salinger's death in January, 2010. Beidler provides some 250 explanations to help readers make sense of the culture through which Holden Caulfield stumbles as he comes of age. He provides a map showing the various stops in Holden's Manhattan odyssey. Of particular interest to readers whose native language is not English is his glossary of more than a hundred terms, phrases, and slang expressions. In his introductory essay, "Catching The Catcher in the Rye," Beidler discusses such topics as the three-day time line for the novel, the way the novel grew out of two earlier-published short stories, the extent to which the novel is autobiographical, what Holden looks like, and the reasons for the enduring appeal of the novel. The many photographs in the Reader's Companion give fascinating glimpses into the world that Holden has made famous. Beidler also provides discussion of some of the issues that have engaged scholars down through the years: the meaning of Holden's red hunting hat, whether Holden writes his novel in an insane asylum, Mr. Antolini's troubling actions, and Holden's close relationship with his sister and his two brothers.
Extremely accurate depiction of the adolescent psyche, interesting characters, effective style
The character of Holden Caulfield may become tiresome for the reader
"In late-1940s America, rebellious teenager Holden Caulfield gives an account of his expulsion - the latest of many - from Pencey prep school and his subsequent journey into New York for a revelatory and self-destructive weekend.
What 'Catcher In The Rye' author J.D. Salinger does well is put the reader firmly in the fractured and ever-roaming mind of Holden Caulfield. The author's use of repetition and rapid divergence of topics gives the sense ..."
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