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British reviewers were generally unimpressed

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British reviewers were generally unimpressed.  The Spectator  (August 17, 1951) considered it to be  "inconclusive" in theme and a bit too "showy."  Times Literary Supplement  (September 7, 1951)  complains that the "endless stream of blasphemy and obscenity" gets boring after the first chapter. The novel did well commercially but was not the most popular work of fiction in 1951. It was on the  New York Times  best-seller list for thirty weeks in all but never climbed higher than fourth. Herman  Wouk's  The Caine Mutiny  and James Jones'  From Here to Eternity , for example, sold more copies  initially. As time passed, however, Salinger's work continued to sell and to attract critical interest. Jack  Salzman (in  New Essays on The Catcher in the Rye , published by Cambridge University Press)  points out that, by 1954,  Catcher
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