Witty, wise and bittersweet, The Catcher in the Rye is the ultimate American coming-of-age novel - a timeless classic.
'If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.'
The first of J. D. Salinger's four books to be published, The Catcher in the Rye is one of the most widely read and beloved of all contemporary American novels.
'The handbook of the adolescent heart' The New Yorker
'He wrote a perfect novel and it changed US culture forever' Independent
'It was a very pure voice he had. There was no one like him' Martin Amis
'He was the poet of youthful alienation before youth really knew what that was' The Sunday Times
'His work meant a lot to me when I was a young person and his writing still sings now' Dave Eggers
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