Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy Birthday, J. D. Salinger

Salinger turns eighty-nine today. Not everybody loves Salinger's work, but I'll never forget the first time I read The Catcher in the Rye. You might think that a kid growing up in smalltown Texas 50 years ago couldn't relate to Holden Caulfield. You'd be wrong. The book knocked me out. I laughed, I cried, I wished I could write like that. I don't know what Salinger's been up to since he went into seclusion, but maybe he's written another book as wonderful as the Catcher. It's something to hope for.

4 comments:

Ed Gorman said...

Man we're hittin em all this week--Catcher, Legend, Power. Old dufferdom reigns!!!!!
Ed

norby said...

You mean he's still alive?

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

I not only recall reading it, but it was the Signet edition you showcased. I need to revisit the book since I forget so much of it.

Michael Krahn said...

Hey,

I recently read The Catcher in the Rye and put some thoughts up about it here:

http://michaelkrahn.com/blog/2008/01/06/the-catcher-in-the-rye/

Take a look if you're interested.