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"The Catcher in the Rye" Marathon Reading at Books Inc. in Alameda

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Join Books Inc. in Alameda for a marathon reading of Catcher in the Rye  in honor of J.D. Salinger's 100th Birthday. Readings will be taking place from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. 


Anyone who has read J.D. Salinger's New Yorker stories, particularly A Perfect Day for BananafishUncle Wiggily in ConnecticutThe Laughing Man, and For Esme--With Love and Squalor, will not be surprised by the fact that his first novel is full 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.

Event date: 
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 1:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
1344 Park St
Alameda, CA
Event Terms: 
The Catcher in the Rye Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316450867
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: Back Bay Books - November 6th, 2018

The Catcher in the Rye Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780316769174
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: Back Bay Books - January 30th, 2001

The Catcher in the Rye Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316769488
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Books must show IN STOCK at your desired location for same day pick-up.
Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 1991

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