One of our most popular, respected, and controversial literary critics, Yale University professor Harold Bloom¿s books ¿ about, variously, Shakespeare, the Bible, and the classic literature ¿ are as erudite as they are accessible.
The Catcher in the Rye (Bloom's Reviews)by Harold Bloom, See Editorial Dept
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.
Meet the Author
- New York, New York and New Haven, Connecticut
- Date of Birth:
- July 11, 1930
- Place of Birth:
- New York, New York
- B.A., Cornell University, 1951; Ph.D., Yale University, 1955
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Salinger's 'Catcher in the Rye' is one of the best books that I have read in long time. It is one of those classic books that you have to read to understand completely. One of the most interesting thing about this book is the way that the main character, Holden, doesn't even try in life and he still seems to be okay. A lot of the story deals with his journey on his way home for Christmas and how he manages to deal with his parents. Most of the teenagers that I asked, thought that this books should be read by everyone. 'It gives you a different outlook on everything' said a high school student from Arkansas. My personal outlook on this book is that it should only be read by someone if they have a tolerence for curse words. Salinger has a very unique way of telling us about Holden's life. Every page of the book is interesting. If someone were to come up to me and ask me if I thought that should read the book, I would tell them to go for it!!!
I taught this book to my high school freshman and they loved it. It's filled with adventure, very realistic and down to earth. One of the great 'REAL' classics!