A Reader's Companion to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye.

Author:Richards, Geraldine A.
Position:Book review

Peter Beidler (author); A READER'S COMPANION TO J.D. SALINGER'S THE CATCHER IN THE RYE; Coffeetown Press (Nonfiction: Literary Criticism) $17.95 ISBN: 9781603810135

Byline: Geraldine A. Richards

"That is so last century!" Today's readers and teachers may exclaim as they begin The Catcher in the Rye, the 1951 classic by J. D. Salinger. Fortunately, Peter G. Beidler has decoded the cultural information that packs the novel.

The second edition of A Reader's Companion to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye is more than a glossary. It includes information about Salinger's life, connections between his life and his work, and reactions to Salinger's death. Readers who are interested in studying the continuing appeal of Catcher and its importance in American culture will especially appreciate the chapters devoted to Catcher in the movies, song, and other fiction. Although casual readers may be overwhelmed by the amount and depth of information in some chapters, the "Questions for Readers " can focus their thinking as they work through the novel and this Companion. A "Glossary for ESL and EFL Readers" includes explanations of American expressions like "toleja" (told you) and "up the creek" that might hinder the pleasure of the novel for non-native speakers.

The substance of A Reader's Companion is the "Explanatory Notes." Mr...

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