Holden ist ein ganz normaler amerikanischer Jugendlicher, der Schulstreß hat und schließlich vom Internat fliegt. Nebenbei liest er gerne Bücher und macht die ersten Erfahrungen mit der Liebe.
Ein amüsant zu lesender Roman über das Erwachsenwerden.
Anyone who has read J. D. Salinger's New Yorker stories ? particularly A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, The Laughing Man, and For Esme ? With Love and Squalor, will not be surprised by the fact that his first novel is fully of children. 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.
Holden, knowing he is to be expelled from school, decides to leave early. He spends three days in New York City and tells the story of what he did and suffered there.
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Jerome D. Salinger wurde 1919 in New York geboren. Seit 1941 veröffentlichte er diverse Kurzgeschichten, 1951 folgten der weltbekannte "Fänger im Roggen" und bis 1963 drei weitere Romane. 2010 verstarb Jerome D. Salinger.